"So Judah and Israel lived in safety, every man under his vine and his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba....."I Kings.
private ownership and free enterprise.
I find this interview of Ayn Rand by Mike Wallace interesting because he never does understand anything she is talking about. His own prejudices and lack of knowledge are such a handicap that he is incapable of following what she is really saying..
But, Mike Wallace is typical of so many interviewers who don't understand the subject being discussed and who are so heavily steeped in their own ideas that they cannot hear anyone else .So the interview is Wallace bumbling along on false assumptions and trite but pompous rhetoric.
On building of schools and hospitals Wallace is seemingly clueless as to what she is saying.
On democracy putting socialism into play, he misses the point entirely that Americans are no longer given the opportunity to even vote on anything but socialism as put forth by both political parties in the nation.
I especially find the unions and "robber barons" part interesting as he never "gets" what she is saying. He sees so one dimensionally that he can't follow her.
She warns that we are approaching a dictatorship in this anti-constitutional nation in which we now live. Ayn Rand predicted it if we keep on in our march toward collectivism, which, we are doing.
Many today are completely ignorant of what the nation was supposed to stand for.
While I do not agree with her on belief in G-d or faith, she is one brilliant cookie , that's for sure.
Her mind soars above Wallace's. There is no denying her brilliance as a thinker. If only she had added G-d to the mix.
The whole interview is very short, though on three videos.
It is well worth your time to hear her out with an open mind, putting aside your preconceived prejudices and notions if you are able. Most are not.
I am not asking you to believe her philosophy.
I have only begun to study her. I have not yet made my decision on all she has to say nor have I heard or read all she has to say as yet. I will, though.
What I am saying it that you cannot understand your own philosophy if you have not one thing to compare it to and most Americans today have nothing other than what they are taught in government run schools or the opinions they got from their parents. A reasoned life is better than one you fall into by inheritance and blunder into blindly.
If you are in a hurry, try 2 and 3 and skip 1. But, if you are interested in learning a bit, try all three and add to your knowledge base and think about what you hear.
She was born in 1905 St. Petersburg Russia as Alissa Zinovievna Rosenbaum.
This interview took place in 1959 and as she foresaw we are now getting deep into collectivism in the US.