Ayn Rand – inspired by a mass murderer5 September, 2012 at 11:15 | Posted in Politics & Society | 2 Comments
In her diary from 1928, Ayn Rand approvingly quotes a statement made by a William Edward Hickman – “What is good for me is right.” Rand is enthusiastic and writes: “The best and strongest expression of a real man’s psychology I have heard.”
Later she models one of her heros – Danny Renahan – after Hickman. Renahan is portrayed as
born with a wonderful, free, light consciousness — [resulting from] the absolute lack of social instinct or herd feeling. He does not understand, because he has no organ for understanding, the necessity, meaning, or importance of other people … Other people do not exist for him and he does not understand why they should.
Hickman was a notorious bank robber, child kidnapper and mass murderer. One of the most hated and heinous criminals in U. S. history.
[For more on Hickman och Rand see here]
How people like Alan Greenspan and Paul Ryan – not to mention Swedish Minister for Enterprise, Annie Lööf – can consider Ayn Rand “one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century” is really beyond comprehension.