Ayn Rand is a sociopath

Ayn Rand, rebel

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The outspoken, controversial writer and philosopher Ayn Rand was born in Russia in 1905 and died in New York in 1982. In the MBTIR., she is an INTJ (introverted, intuitive, thinking, judging); and a one-perfectionist / reformer in the Enneagram. One reason many libertarians like her is because she has less preference for government.

In an interview with Phil Donahue, Rand said do-gooders shouldn't put others above them. She didn't like people making sacrifices when it meant giving up something of great value for one of lesser value, such as handing a friend over to help an enemy. She was against the government, which preferred gifted ones to disabled children.

Rand's philosophy was called objectivism. It rejected belief and religion, supported laissez-faire capitalism, defined as the system based on the recognition of individual rights, and promoted romantic realism in art. She criticized most of the philosophers and philosophical traditions with the exception of Aristotle, Aquinas, and classical liberals.

According to Wikipedia, Rand believed that European colonists had the right to develop land taken from Indians and called homosexuality "immoral" and "disgusting" while advocating repeal of all laws about it. She endorsed several Republican candidates for President of the United States, most notably Barry Goldwater in 1964.

Quotes from people who knew her:

“What others, out of pity or conventional good manners, or fear, rather not to name, named Ayn. "

“This strictly strict intellectual took great pleasure in being called 'Fluff'. The woman who ... felt like a brain cloaked in flesh never seemed to feel more feminine than when she was addressed by her nickname. "

"[Your work] is both angry and sublime idealistic, a tortured hymn to integrity. In it you see the union of passionate idealism with a deep disdain for those who ... renounce responsibility, their ideals in action and reality to implement. " - Barbara Branden

Quotes from Rand:

"Since Hume and Kant ... philosophy has tried to prove that the spirit of man is impotent. ... [that is] treason."

"There is no entity like 'the tribe' or 'the public'; they are just a number of individual men."

"Love is not self-sacrifice, but the assertion of your own needs and values. It is for your own happiness that you need the person you love."

“There are no contradictions. If you think you are facing an objection, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong. "

"Every problem has two sides: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always bad."

"A creative man is motivated by a desire to achieve, not a desire to hit others."

Enneagram author Clarence Thomson's views on Rand:

“A sociopath is a person who has no moral compass, no power to feel empathy with or for others. Moral right and wrong are simply categories that they cannot and probably cannot access. Ayn Rand has written several bedside books for some powerful men in Washington. Alan Greenspan sat at her feet taking in her philosophy, and Judge Clarence Thomas loves her work so much that he requires his employees to read it.

“Her philosophy is a skewed derivative of Neitsche's Superman ideas, but it's filtered through her Enneagram style. Those derive their morals from internal principles. People live according to internal rules that they consider to be binding for everyone. Rand's philosophy is an elaboration of the Enneagram style [of the unhealthy]. Her heroes and "philosophy" formulated the desolate, heartless inner life of a sociopath. "

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