April 13, 2008

I Find This Lack of Faith Disturbing

Interesting, and disturbing, story from Bloomberg about Ayn Rand's influence in business school programs. I'm not surprised to hear her work is influential in academia. I'm surprised that CEO's are pushing really hard to make it so-using the only evangelization tool they really know-$$$$$

Look for Harold Bloom's typically acerbic critical comment of Rand's writing at the bottom. LOL!


Blogger Ray from MN said...

Interesting and disturbing? Yes.

But is it any more so than the influence of pharmaceutical, chemical, medical, agricultural, computer, electronic, transportation and whatever dollars that get funneled into universities these days to pump up the egos of successful entrepreneurs and further promote their industries.

I read two of Rand's books (probably Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead) back when they began to hit the mass market when the small towns began to become aware of her. They didn't do much for me.

I suppose when it comes down to it, her works are just another version of secularism, modernism, relativism and the loosely formed conscience.

In a way, it is Bolshevism repackaged for the corporate elites of the 20th century who have been able to shrug off controls of national governments as they have become internationalized through the use of technology and communications.

There was an interesting article in the morning paper on how the IRS had greatly reduced the number of audits that it performs on the returns of major corporations and sticks to those of small businesses and individuals who don't have battalions of accountants and lawyers ready to defend the financial dealings of the multinational corporations.

April 13, 2008 8:53 PM  
Blogger Tom in Vegas said...

This is disturbing. How an academic institution can prostitute itself so CHEAPLY and unabashedly is beyond me. Good thing I don’t go there.

April 13, 2008 9:18 PM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...

Here's something else disturbing: read the essay "It All Statred With ayn Rand"--about how one woman turned to witchcraft and promiscuity as an alternative to mainstream america.

April 14, 2008 6:23 PM  
Blogger Adoro te Devote said...

Thankfully I didn't have to read Ayn Rand in high school...our teacher was a fan of movies, so we watched one of her tripeful things on the screen. I was bored to death. I think I used the time for sleeping, and because the tests were always so easy, I got away with it.

All I remember was black and white art deco, bad dialogue, wooden acting, and lots of cement. There's more color in my dreams! (Uh..actually I always dream in color..)

April 14, 2008 7:02 PM  

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