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CWO3ROBBIE
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« on: November 08, 2009, 06:53:33 PM »

Have you read either? Do you agree with either to the exclusion of the other? Which do you think was more intelligent? Do you think either one fully understood what they were writing about?
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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2009, 04:17:27 PM »

Have you read either? Do you agree with either to the exclusion of the other? Which do you think was more intelligent? Do you think either one fully understood what they were writing about?

I haven't spent much time reading Marx, and zero time reading Rand.

Marx has gotten a lot of traction, and although most of his followers eventually abandoned pure "marxism", the basic ideas live on.  Given the natural evolution of ideas over time, and the changes in basic technology that he didn't anticipate, I think his ideas are holding up pretty well.

On the other hand, I don't know any political scientists who consider Rand to be anything a long-winded and pretentious novelist.  She certainly knew what she was doing--writing books to entertain her audience--but she's not in the same academic league as Marx.
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2009, 08:14:34 PM »

Marx was a kindly idealist who was worried about the well-being of others. Rand was a self-serving egotist. There was an intersting film about Rand with Helen Mirren. The Passion of Ayn Rand, (I think.)
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