New Statesman – John Gray Reviews Ayn Rand's We the Living


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New Statesman – John Gray Reviews Ayn Rand’s We the Living

John Gray talks complete rubbish – not about Rand necessarily but about 'left-wing progressives ideas about society'.
"Rand is easily mocked – and rightly so – but the type of thinking she exemplified is to be found not only on the right. Her capitalist superman is a ludicrous conception, but no more so than Trotsky's idea that, in a future socialist society, the human animal would be replaced by a higher species whose average member, he predicted, would far exceed Aristotle in abilities. It is childish to argue, as right-wing ideologues do, that the failures of global capitalism derive from there never having been a truly free market; but it is just as silly to maintain that the horrors of Soviet communism occurred only because real socialism never existed in Russia. In each case, disaster predictably followed from attempting to impose a dream of reason on society.

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2 Responses

  1. Donagh

    July 20, 2010 2:21 pm

    It’s not my habit to draw attention to articles I find to be utter turd, so really I should have stopped reading when I saw it was written by John Gray. But I didn’t, so the short answer to your question is yes.