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Rand and Crowley, sitting in a tree

Upon rereading this essay on Objectivism, the following quote jumped out at me:

[Rand] could be abrasive, she could make sweeping generalizations that needed explanations that she did not provide; she made very little effort to understand someone else's intellectual context and to build a bridge from their context to hers.


Sounds remarkably similar to a certain bald-headed magician many of us know and love, now that I think of it. And oh, how both of them would cringe at the comparison, most likely.

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thiebes
Feb. 22nd, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
There are many surface similarities between Objectivism and Thelema, too. I've had to explain to more than one person, after telling them my views and being labeled Objectivist, that I am not a Randroid.
anubis75
Feb. 22nd, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
There are also simularities between Thelema and Existentialism
thiebes
Feb. 23rd, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
Well yeah.
ignusfaatus
Feb. 22nd, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
I think it sounds a lot like me
heronguy
Feb. 23rd, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
Atlas Farted
Randian Objectivism and Crowleyan Thelema are both just flavors of Individualist Libertarianism, so it isn't altogether surprising that they have some superficial similarities. To be fair, at least Crowley recognized that we needed things like trees in order to be able to breathe and that fouling your own water supply was idiotic, which put him a tiny step up from Ayn Rand. Which isn't saying much, maybe, but there it is.
docscarabus
Feb. 26th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
It doesn't surprise me. They were both intellectually arrogant charismatics.Ezra Pound is so similar to Crowley they could have been brothers.
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