Jun 29, 2008

Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life

Ayn Rand is one of the few intellectuals and philosophers of the past century that is worth noting. I say that she is one of “few” because she led an unofficial campaign to reveal the intellectual dishonesty of most so-called “intellectuals” that were attempting to(and did) propagate collectivism, cultural Marxism, altruism, and other related cancers that have infiltrated American “culture.” Ayn Rand was originally from Soviet Russia and knew all too well the inhumanity that “altruistic” collectivism caused. Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life is an illuminating documentary on the novelist, screenwriter, philosopher, intellectual, and overall humanitarian.

Many New York types have ignorantly labeled Ayn Rand a white Russian due to her hatred of Bolshevism and other related Marxist garbage. This assumption is wrong as Rand(born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum) grew up in a secular cosmopolitan Jewish family, a group that was often pro-Bolshevik in nature as they deemed the Czar and Russian empire as “anti-Semitic.” Rand, a life-long proponent of individualism, was completely disgusted by Bolshevik collectivism and made her way to “the land of the free,” the United States. Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life follows Rand’s love for foreign Western cultures and her desire to leave Russia, a place she always had contempt for.

Ayn Rand first had aspirations of being a film screenwriter and made her way for Hollywood. By chance she ended up meeting Cecil B. DeMille. Impressed by Rand and her big penetrating eyes, DeMille invited Rand to play an extra in his biblical epic King of Kings. DeMille, an ethnic Jew, was notorious for his homoerotic undertones in his biblical films. Many have questioned whether Cecil B. DeMille was an artist or not, but his knack for cryptic themes leads me to believe that he deserves more credit than film critics have given him. On the film set, Rand would also meet her lifelong husband Frank O’Connor.

The marriage between Ayn Rand and Frank O’Connor is one much more interesting than you would find in any Hollywood film. Both husband and wife had a deep respect for one another and dedicated a lifetime to inspiring one another. At one point in their marriage, Rand would cheat on O’Connor but surprisingly it did not affect their marriage. Rand’s detractors have even gone as far as comparing marriage to “the holocaust” and “slavery.” Once again, Rand was able to prove by action and life experience that her beliefs were more than just rational.

Irrationality is what Rand considered to be the biggest destroyer of Western civilization and humanity in general. Her philosophy Objectivism firmly promote objective rationality and reason, things that are today shunned by mainstream intellectuals who promote slanderously irrational cultural Marxism. In Rand’s masterpiece The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution, she exposes the source of modern day academia idiocy. Rand warns college students, “reason and morality are the only weapons that determine the course of history. The collectivists dropped them because they had no right to carry them up. Pick them up: you have.” If anyone wants to now why America is resembling the degeneracy that made the Roman empire dissolve, The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution is a mandatory reading.

Ayn Rand was also one of the courageous few that confronted the communist humanity traitors that were running Hollywood. In 1947, she voluntarily testified before the United States Un-American Activities Committee regarding the Bolshevik propaganda filth peddlers in Hollywood and her own childhood experience in the Soviet Union. Rand also had the courage to analytically dissect the lies in the pro-communist Hollywood film Song of Russia(1944). Hollywood still makes pro-communist films to this day(Enemy at the Gates and Good Night, and Good Luck) and no one seems to care after up to 100 million deaths in the Soviet Union alone. Virtually every other movie that comes out of Hollywood has some type of fantasy cultural Marxist angle.

Ayn Rand is probably most famous for her novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Like Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism, the two novels stress the importance of individualism and personal integrity. In an interview during Rand’s later years, she admits that she had the same philosophy towards life since the age of 2 ½. From this, one can gather that Ayn Rand has had an independent mind since the beginning. In a world where all children are indoctrinated during there most vital years to not care about themselves and tolerate degeneracy, Rand’s dreams of reason and rationality for all have been all but destroyed. Thankfully, Rand has left the world with a wealth of important books, and Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life is an interesting synopsis of her incredible life.

-Ty E

1 comment:

Fox said...

Great review, and more importantly, great defense of a woman that seems to get trashed these days by people that know little about her.

It is indeed sad that Marxists seem to garner more sympathy than Individualists in our country today.

Speaking of Commies and HUAC, the new Trumbo documentary is supposed to be a leftist love-in over a man who admired Stalin. Yet the same bunch sat on their hands when Elia Kazan won a lifetime achievement award. Classy.