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Hmm. This could actually be a nasty storm.

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I'm wondering how useful his collection of Ayn Rand books was through all of this.

By day 4, they might have made good eating for someone (or maybe useful for propping up a dead body by some desolate highway)

Never read Rand, believe it or not.

I think that her attacks on authoritarian "communism" were really good, though Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman had made the same observations almost 20 years before.

Her problem, in my mind, was that she made elaborate semantic arguments that placed non-authoritarian leftists (beats, hippies, civil rights activists, liberals, anarchists) in the same category as the authoritarian ones (maoists, trotskyists, stalinists, leninists, social engineers). She helped convince so many people that authoritarian altruism and collectivism could never have an anti-authoritarian counterpart. Perhaps a valid point could have been made that you could not be an honest leftist while the USSR still existed - but then that meant that serious social problems in the USA would have to be ignored until the USSR finally collapsed.

What was more embarrassing to me was her defense of huge corporations (even the cigarette industry), rather than solely the small businessman. Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln all had warned people about the business trusts which would be a great danger if they got too big and powerful.

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