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Ayn Rand on why American universities have become anti-intellectual.

Posted by iusbvision on January 31, 2009

I like Ayn Rand. I adore her novels and I think that 80% of her philosophy has great merit. In this interview with talk host Tom Snyder in 1978 Rand hits it out of the park. (Video 2 at 4:10 is where she talks about America and universities).

Part I:

part II: 

Part III:

In part one she talks about “does the reality you perceive exist?”. For most people and professors I have met in college the answer is no. Most schools no longer train students in Aristotle’s methods of discerning reality by comparing it to known truths and thinking in a way that is not situationally convenient but is consistent. Most people today take their normative view of how they wish or feel the world should be and graft that onto their perception of reality. In part two Rand talks about how universities are producing intellectual idiots.

In video three she continues her point from video two and begins to talk about what she calls “the age on envy”. It is a brilliant point. Students who do well in school are teased. Black kids who try to get good grades are at times called “Oreos” and those who succeed are attacked for their success. We have a tax code that punishes success etc.

“What will save this country is not it’s ‘intellectuals’ but its people.” – Ayn Rand

Rand says that she believes that the country’s so called intellectuals would bring the United States to collapse if we let them. She also speaks of how conservatives have lost their way by not understanding how to defend and preserve capitalism, freedom and the other ideas that the country was founded upon. Rand states that the Founders did not have a moral code to match their political code, this is of course most incorrect. The Founders understood that one cannot have a free society that works without self restraint and personal responsibility that is such a key facet of the Judeo-Christian ethic.

One Response to “Ayn Rand on why American universities have become anti-intellectual.”

  1. Angelo said

    When Pilate asked, “What is truth?” was he making an intellectual inquisition or a political statement?

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