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The Revelation: The Cult of Orthodox Objectivists Exists
Submitted by Chanakya on Wed, 2017-04-12 13:08
There was a time when I used to vehemently reject the idea that the cult of “Orthodox Objectivists” could ever exist. I thought that the phrase “Orthodox Objectivist” is a figment of the imagination of those who are against the ideas of Ayn Rand.
A couple of years ago, I even got into a heated argument with a person on FB when he accused me of being an “Orthodox Objectivist.” I told him repeatedly that Objectivism is the philosophy of reason—there is no room for orthodoxy to exist in it. Several angry comments were exchanged between us and we ended up unfriending each other.
But now I realize how incorrect my first impression of the Objectivist environment was. Indeed, Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism has seen wholesale intellectual deterioration after her death in 1982 and today large swaths of the Objectivist environment are dominated by the cult of Orthodox Objectivists.
The inheritors of Ayn Rand’s philosophical empire assiduously propagated the idea that Objectivism entails blind faith in the sayings of the authority figures like Ayn Rand, Dr. Leonard Peikoff and the intellectuals endorsed by Dr. Peikoff.
They were able to convince large number of young Objectivists who became blind worshippers of authority. They became part of the cult of the Orthodox Objectivists.
According to Homer’s legend, Zeus created human beings because he knew that only the prayers of the humans can sustain the Gods in the heaven.
Likewise the top philosophers of Objectivism spawned the cult of Orthodox Objectivists because they knew that only prayers of the orthodox can sustain the authority figures in their ivory towers.
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