What did Ayn Rand mean by "Concrete-Bound Mentalities"?

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Submitted by atlascott on Thu, 2008-11-27 05:22

I think it is important not to allow the hi-jacking of concepts.

I have seen a few folks apparently misunderstand what Ayn Rand meant by the term "concrete-bound mentalities."

Here is her own definition, in her own words.

"...concrete-bound mentalities, seeking to by-pass the responsibility of thought, attempt to transform abstract principles into concrete prescriptions and to replace creation with imitation."

The Romantic Manifesto “What Is Romanticism?” The Romantic Manifesto, 104.

With a little thought, it is easy to see why Miss Rand correctly identified anarchism as the fruit of the thinking of concrete bound mentalities.

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