Her work resonates particularly well among those who feel that social and governmental restrictions have hindered their ability to succeed. She was a positivist politically speaking (preferring positive / participatory freedoms rather than constraint based freedoms such as rules of protection)
I don't think there is a single geeky place on the Internet that is not crawling with techno-libertarians (CryptoNauts) inspired by AynRand, and in my many experiences so far, I would classify them mostly as people to be highly cautious of. They are generally anti-BarnRaising, AntiAuthoritarian, and anti-social. AynRand was a cynic and elitist, who disliked other people, definitely distrusted them, and was neurotically "rationalist" to the dearth of the richness of the human condition. To the extent that compscis are described by Wiki:OrphansPreferred, her philosophies resonate strongly amongst programmers, particularly those who want to build MultiVac?-styled command & control systems. This is ironic since they are also the first people to clamour for the reduction of others' influence over their own lives. It seems to me from experience that if someone is talking about AynRand, they are really looking for personal gain at the expense of others, and thus they should be treated as distrustfully as they treat you. After all, since most of them do not value other people, they will think little of hurting you for personal gain. Maybe this is why they distrust other people, as a form of projection of their own internal belief systems onto others. And those of us into "BarnRaising"--i.e. a positive, friendly, convivial, communal atmosphere that we are trying to construct online in our spare time for our personal enjoyment--may simply be too alien for them to empathize with (even if empathy is discounted in favour of rationalism). -- SunirShah
My, I must have hit a nerve. Not all techno-libertarians are inspired by AynRand since many of them limit their reading of fiction to fantasy and graphic novels. And I think many, if not most, of those who hold her ideas in high regard are mentally recovering from an authoritarian PrescriptiveCulture? or have suffered in an environment where their form of excellence is condemned (e.g. bright, creative young people at many public high schools). The real answer, of course, is one of balance; Ayn Rand's ResponsibilityAssumption and the stoic determinism and acceptance exemplified by Sartre and Hemmingway are endpoints on a continuum. --Steve
You're still operating within the Libertarian notion that taxation is an imposition rather than a social contract.
"Who will fill the power vacuum? Not them since, by definition, there would have been no need to destroy those in power had they held it themselves." I don't follow this: they can only fill a power vacuum after rebellion if they were in power before?
In the interest of acuracy one should read "objectivists" where this page spells "libertarians". - yes, agred that libretarian is a branch of objectivism, which is more accurately what ayn rand was. One thing of import - There are always more than two options (subsuming self to power or replacing that power). Ayn Rand did not promote "power"; she advocated personal sovereignty. The ability to create a life for oneself is primary. The ability to choose whether or not to help others is secondary. See another "pre"objectivist philosopher: "A true Philosopher King does not want to rule". - Plato