Ayn Rand Question

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    Hi,

    A friend of mine went to some CATO institute thing, and came back and told me the following. I did some research, and all I found was that Libertarians and Ayn Rand did not get along. I am trying to figure out what is fact and fiction here.

    His statements were:
    1. Toward the end of Ayn Rand's life, she admitted that Atlas Shrugged was completely wrong.
    2. She admitted she was no longer an Atheist and found god.

    What is true and not true?

    Thanks.

    -Dave
     
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    Rand could get along beautifully with anyone, as long as they worshipped her. Chick was a case. I don't know that she ever found God, at least not when she was away from her mirror.
     
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    I am always confused when artists are investigated after the fact. Most artists are, by the standards used to reckon the worth of the rest of us, nut jobs. It is because they aren't a good fit with society and because they are geniuses that they excel in art.

    When i was much younger, it was revealed that Michelangelo was gay. So What? Did that make the Sistene any less grand?

    Picasso smoked and smoked heavily. Now, the places where his art hangs do not allow smoking. If Picasso were to visit one of these places, he'd light up and dare the art lovers to throw him out. Don't think so? He challenged the Nazis.

    Ayn Rand wrote a pretty good pair of books and a few others that weren't so good. Does it matter if she was a Communist or a Libertarian or a Martian? I don't think so. I never met her and never will. It's her work that makes her a value to me.

    If you like her work, then like it. If you dislike her work, then dislike it. She is related to her work in the way that a mother is related to her daughter. You can see her through her work, but she is not her work.
     
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    Didn't happen, and, as far as I know, Cato has never claimed it did.
     
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    Ayn Rand was a liberterian.

    I doubt very much that she renounced Atlas Shrugged.
     
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    Ayn Rand wrote a pretty good pair of books and a few others that weren't so good.

    I hope you're not talking about Atlas Shrugged. That was one of the most boring books I ever read. It goes through the same political screed over and over again and doesn't have a single fully-fledged character, only caricatures. To call it a novel, is to insult real novelists.
     
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    From a purely cynical point of view: Even if she didn't believe in the message of Atlas Shrugged, why would she renounce it? Atlas Shrugged, together with Fountainhead, is the primary source of her fortune and fame.

    So I doubt very seriously she denied it. I'd be very surprised.
     
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    I've never had any interest in reading either Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead.

    I was reading an article about Rand in a recent issue of National Review. It did not mention that she later rejected her thoughts in Atlas Shrugged nor whether she ever found God. The impression I got was that she was a pretty miserable and angry woman who put herself on paper through some really sick characters.
     
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    I also came away from The Fountainhead thinking what an a__hole Howard Roark was.
     
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    Wrong...She was an anarchist.

    She detested being called a libertarian.
     

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