AYN RAND NATION:                The Hidden Struggle for                Americas Soul                              Author: ...
Who Was Ayn Rand?    Born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum in 1905    Russian Jewish bourgeoisie       Bolsheviks      stole ...
Ayn Rand’s Philosophy  Government = Force  Evil:       Generosity       Altruism    Collectivism:       Chaos      o...
Ayn Rand’s Philosophy    Self-described “radical for capitalism”:       Capitalism = Freedom       Selfishness:        ...
Why Take Ayn Rand Seriously?    Many people don’t consider her important.    Ignored by academia & media:        Books ...
Why Ayn Rand Matters    Today she is no longer on the fringe.    She is winning the soul of America.Gary Weiss: Ayn Rand...
Why Ayn Rand Matters    Her followers believe she is:        The greatest philosopher who ever lived.        The greate...
Why Ayn Rand Matters    Ayn Rand Institute:       Co-chairperson:           associate general counsel for        Goldman...
Why Ayn Rand Matters   Surge in popularity since 2008:         Blogs         Newsletters         Message boards       ...
Why Ayn Rand Matters    Atlas Shrugged       1991 survey: 2nd most influential (after Bible)       600,000 copies sold ...
Why Ayn Rand Matters    The Virtue of Selfishness       Random   House #1 best nonfiction books        since 1900       ...
Why Ayn Rand Matters    Directly inspired the Tea Party:       ‘Ayn Rander’ Rick Santelli       Protestors’ slogans fro...
Why Ayn Rand Matters    Lack of reform after financial crisis:           Markets are supreme.           Regulation is n...
Why Ayn Rand Matters   Capitalism is a heroic force to be defended    from President Obama.   Voters since 2010:     Vo...
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Educational curriculum - a study guide covering the introductory chapters of Gary Weiss' 2012 book, "Ayn Rand Nation." Recommended book to read in conjunction with the Adam Curtis documentary: "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace" - episode 1, "Love and Power" - http://archive.org/details/AdamCurtis-AllWatchedOverByMachinesOfLovingGrace - or with Spanish subtitles - http://vimeo.com/27393748

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Study Guide: "Ayn Rand Nation" by Gary Weiss

  1. 1. AYN RAND NATION: The Hidden Struggle for Americas Soul Author: Gary Weiss (2012)Study Guide by Zoe E. Masongsong, M.S.
  2. 2. Who Was Ayn Rand?  Born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum in 1905  Russian Jewish bourgeoisie  Bolsheviks stole her father’s pharmacy  Emigrated in 1926:  Outstayed her student visa  Wealthy relatives in Chicago  Died in 1982Gary Weiss: Ayn Rand Nation: The Struggle for America’s Soul
  3. 3. Ayn Rand’s Philosophy  Government = Force  Evil:  Generosity  Altruism  Collectivism:  Chaos of Post-Revolution RussiaGary Weiss: Ayn Rand Nation: The Struggle for America’s Soul
  4. 4. Ayn Rand’s Philosophy  Self-described “radical for capitalism”:  Capitalism = Freedom  Selfishness:  Only true ethical way of life  No need for government  Leads to a new and better nationGary Weiss: Ayn Rand Nation: The Struggle for America’s Soul
  5. 5. Why Take Ayn Rand Seriously? Many people don’t consider her important. Ignored by academia & media:  Books widely condemned & ridiculed.  Dismissed as a nut & extremist.Gary Weiss: Ayn Rand Nation: The Struggle for America’s Soul
  6. 6. Why Ayn Rand Matters Today she is no longer on the fringe. She is winning the soul of America.Gary Weiss: Ayn Rand Nation: The Struggle for America’s Soul
  7. 7. Why Ayn Rand Matters Her followers believe she is:  The greatest philosopher who ever lived.  The greatest writer who ever lived.  Atlas Shrugged is greatest novel ever written. Acolytes:  Alan Greenspan, chairman of Federal Reserve  Malcolm Fraser, prime minister of Australia  Fox News:  Glenn Beck  John StosselGary Weiss: Ayn Rand Nation: The Struggle for America’s Soul
  8. 8. Why Ayn Rand Matters  Ayn Rand Institute:  Co-chairperson: associate general counsel for Goldman Sachs  Sending free books to high school & colleges:  347,000 copies of Atlas Shrugged in 2009Gary Weiss: Ayn Rand Nation: The Struggle for America’s Soul
  9. 9. Why Ayn Rand Matters Surge in popularity since 2008:  Blogs  Newsletters  Message boards  Dating service GQ magazine: 2009’s most influential authorGary Weiss: Ayn Rand Nation: The Struggle for America’s Soul
  10. 10. Why Ayn Rand Matters  Atlas Shrugged  1991 survey: 2nd most influential (after Bible)  600,000 copies sold in 2009  Amazon bestseller in ‘ethics & morality’ category  Random house: best novel since 1900  2010 Zogby poll: 29% of adults had read it, half were influenced by it  2011 movie  Book hit #4 in Amazon rankingGary Weiss: Ayn Rand Nation: The Struggle for America’s Soul
  11. 11. Why Ayn Rand Matters  The Virtue of Selfishness  Random House #1 best nonfiction books since 1900  #3: Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand (Leonard Peikoff)  One of the most popular philosophy books in the English language!Gary Weiss: Ayn Rand Nation: The Struggle for America’s Soul
  12. 12. Why Ayn Rand Matters  Directly inspired the Tea Party:  ‘Ayn Rander’ Rick Santelli  Protestors’ slogans from Atlas ShruggedGary Weiss: Ayn Rand Nation: The Struggle for America’s Soul
  13. 13. Why Ayn Rand Matters  Lack of reform after financial crisis:  Markets are supreme.  Regulation is not the answer.  Assault on Social Security & MedicareGary Weiss: Ayn Rand Nation: The Struggle for America’s Soul
  14. 14. Why Ayn Rand Matters Capitalism is a heroic force to be defended from President Obama. Voters since 2010:  Voting against their own interests.  Electing politicians who openly favor big business. A weapon to advance pre-existing agendas.Gary Weiss: Ayn Rand Nation: The Struggle for America’s Soul
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