Ayn Rand And The Unnatural Nature Of Objectivism

Christyl Rivers, Phd.
7 min readJan 22, 2019
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Ayn Rand has widely influenced those champions of capitalism and leadership that fill many governmental administrative offices today. Among these are Paul Ryan, former speaker of the House, and Rand Paul, who is presumably named after Rand.

Rand has been a popular author for many decades now, and despite her many critics, she still reigns supreme as the high priestess proclaiming: Self-interest is the highest good, altruism (basically) sucks and ironically, the free man thinks for himself and does not respond to being told what to do. Nevertheless, millions of people want to do as Ayn Rand tells them.

This is the twenty-first century, something by the way that cannot be proven by the senses, but must be taken on faith as an entirely man-made construct. In Rand’s philosophy, only man-made constructs count, because, frankly, nature is just something to use.

Being as we live in a modern age where nature and science have woven together solid arguments of reality, it is puzzling to many how Rand could continue to have such a strong following.

Rand has said, we rule over nature if we follow our self-interest to realize our exalted place

Let’s begin with a contrary quote by Einstein: “A human being is part of a whole called by us ‘the universe’, limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of our consciousness.” Einstein goes on to identify this ‘delusion of our consciousness as a kind of prison’ from which we must free ourselves to embrace all living beings, indeed, all of nature within a “circle of compassion.”

Contrast this to Rand, whose view of all other beings and nature occurs on a hierarchy wherein our task is to constantly dominate and control all ‘lesser’ beings (including other human cultures) to be free from nature. She especially dismissed what she sees as savage and primitive traits. She wrote: “Man is a being of self-made soul.” And “The particular sense of rapture men say they experience contemplating nature, I’ve never received.”

Further, she does see, with reverent awe, the beauty of man-made complexity that dominate the land: “Stand of the shore of the Hudson, look and kneel,” She…

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Christyl Rivers, Phd.

Ecopsychologist, Writer, Farmer, Defender of reality, and Cat Castle Custodian.