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    And away I go...
    Lol, there you go with that llama/retarded animal hoisting a banana again.

    On the topic of Ayn Rand, I don't find her writings to be very stimulating in any philosophical/literary way. Her "objectivism" seems to me like one of the worse kinds of solipsism. I imagine that's why many teenagers/young adults find her "philosophy" so attractive.

    BTW, wasn't/isn't Alan Greenspan an objectivist?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangey View Post
    Lol, there you go with that llama/retarded animal hoisting a banana again.

    On the topic of Ayn Rand, I don't find her writings to be very stimulating in any philosophical/literary way. Her "objectivism" seems to me like one of the worse kinds of solipsism. I imagine that's why many teenagers/young adults find her "philosophy" so attractive.

    BTW, wasn't/isn't Alan Greenspan an objectivist?
    lol, on the 'philosophy for kids' shelf along with anarchism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangey View Post
    BTW, wasn't/isn't Alan Greenspan an objectivist?
    He was a Rand disciple, but he didn't operate on Objectivist principles once he assumed the position of Fed chairman. Isn't the Fed like the "Visible Hand" in the market - the opposite of "The Invisible Hand" of pure (theoretical) capitalism?

    Not that Rand wrote about the invisible hand. I'm using the term a little sarcastically because I don't believe in the concept, and it actually has historical roots in a a branch of Christianity.

    Not that I think the Fed's "Visible Hand" is that great, either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SquirrelTao View Post
    He was a Rand disciple, but he didn't operate on Objectivist principles once he assumed the position of Fed chairman. Isn't the Fed like the "Visible Hand" in the market - the opposite of "The Invisible Hand" of pure (theoretical) capitalism?

    Not that Rand wrote about the invisible hand. I'm using the term a little sarcastically because I don't believe in the concept, and it actually has historical roots in a a branch of Christianity.

    Not that I think the Fed's "Visible Hand" is that great, either.
    So you're saying that by manipulating the market as the "visible hand" he went against the objectivist belief in the "invisible hand"? I suppose that is true. I also think that even being part of that awful cult, with their worshipful admiration for Rand, went against objectivist principles of rational independence (though I'm not aware of the extent of his involvement).

    And I'm curious, which branch of Christianity did the "visible hand" idea stem from?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangey View Post
    And I'm curious, which branch of Christianity did the "visible hand" idea stem from?
    The French Physiocrats reformulated scholastic doctrine to create the economic dogma of eighteenth century liberalism.

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