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Can you guess who wrote this?

Post by jbuck919 » Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:28 pm

I doubt that you can unless you happen to know the quotation, and then it wouldn't be guessing, would it? :) This was on a Facebook post from a college friend who would make a great addition to CMG. Clues: It sounds too throwaway for the person who wrote it, which doesn't mean I don't love the comment, and IMO it is lent weight by the fact that it is a woman writing at that time.

I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you. The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re fiction. I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the nearest garbage pail. She makes Mickey Spillane look like Dostoevsky.

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Re: Can you guess who wrote this?

Post by John F » Sat Aug 18, 2012 5:08 pm

jbuck919 wrote:I doubt that you can unless you happen to know the quotation, and then it wouldn't be guessing, would it?
In my case it was Googling. :)
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Re: Can you guess who wrote this?

Post by lennygoran » Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:54 am

jbuck919 wrote:I doubt that you can unless you happen to know the quotation, and then it wouldn't be guessing, would it? :) This was on a Facebook post from a college friend who would make a great addition to CMG. Clues:
I was gonna take a wild stab--Corlyss. Then I googled--well Mary Flannery O'Connor has been dead since 1964--how could she become a member of CMG? Regards, Len :mrgreen:

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Re: Can you guess who wrote this?

Post by jbuck919 » Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:52 am

lennygoran wrote:
jbuck919 wrote:I doubt that you can unless you happen to know the quotation, and then it wouldn't be guessing, would it? :) This was on a Facebook post from a college friend who would make a great addition to CMG. Clues:
I was gonna take a wild stab--Corlyss. Then I googled--well Mary Flannery O'Connor has been dead since 1964--how could she become a member of CMG? Regards, Len :mrgreen:
I was referring to my college friend, who is a professor of music at a fine university. A good man is hard to find.

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Re: Can you guess who wrote this?

Post by lennygoran » Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:21 pm

jbuck919 wrote: I was referring to my college friend, who is a professor of music at a fine university.
I know, I know, I was just being silly--still where is Corlyss--she's still listed as a moderator here! So why doesn't your college friend join us? Regards, Len

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Re: Can you guess who wrote this?

Post by BWV 1080 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:59 am

like this one better, which was posted on a now defunct blog:

"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

More seriously, there was a piece on Hayek v Rand on the FT blog (apparently they did not like eachother):
http://ftalphaville.ft.com/blog/2012/08 ... k-vs-rand/
So Ayn Rand and Friedrich Hayek didn’t like each other and disagreed on a few things: he was too squishy a libertarian for her taste, and she was too crap a writer for his. That’s neither a secret nor a big deal, really, even if excerpts like those above are lots of fun.

Nor is it of much consequence when a politician cites the influences of thinkers whose ideas competed with each other, taking what one likes from each and discarding what one doesn’t. And indeed, Ryan has both credited Rand with getting him interested in politics and, later, rejected the atheistic parts of her philosophy (the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer has a useful history of her influence on him).

But, and we’re well aware that this has been pointed out many times before, it’s also the case that Rand and Hayek seemed to have differing and incompatible arguments for a smaller state.

Rand believed that progress is made on the backs of Great People. An individualist, capitalist system is best because it gives persons of exceptional brilliance and work ethic the space to produce. These people haven’t just earned whatever monetary rewards come their way, but also the gratitude of lesser people for the civilisational advancements they make possible.

Hayek’s view was that the market process is mysterious and unpredictable; there are too many variables whose interactions are too complex to grasp. And yet the outcomes yielded by a setting of free competition and undistorted price signals are superior to those of central planning. Government encroachment is to be resisted precisely because it would distort the price mechanisms that govern this process.

More relevant to this post, an extension of Hayek’s thinking is that the achievements of successful individuals aren’t due to their personal awesomeness (much as they’d like to believe it) but to an indecipherable combination of factors that can’t easily be untangled, explained, or anticipated. Lots of room for randomness and circumstance to play a role in this line of thinking; some might call it “luck”.

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Re: Can you guess who wrote this?

Post by jbuck919 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:12 pm

"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."
Could see it coming a mile away but still love it.

Steve wrote:More seriously, there was a piece on Hayek v Rand on the FT blog (apparently they did not like each other):
You're just trying to give us a reason to like Hayek. :wink: :)

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