By Jerome Tuccille
I'm an avid reader of the works of Ayn Rand. I picked up this e-book from a used booklet shop considering that it'd be a pleasant booklet to provide an summary of the profession of Alan Greenspan with distinct emphasis on his dating with Ayn Rand. regrettably, i used to be bored via the content material on Alan Greenspan and angry by means of the content material on Ayn Rand.
The preliminary chapters on Greenspan's adolescence and his pastime as a jazz participant are fascinating. even though, the latter sections on Greenspan as a monetary adviser (for Ford and Reagan) and his time with the Federal Reserve are slightly informative yet uninteresting to learn. Chairing the Federal Reserve isn't precisely the most enjoyable place, so maybe the writer is simply doing the simplest with the fabric he has.
This is right however the therapy of Ayn Rand is especially unkind if not only downright immature. for instance, Tuccille writes "[M]uch of Rand's rational individualism was once in concord with the lessons of the scholastic Thomas Aquinas....But Rand *chose* to think that she had created a brand new morality that stood Christianity on its head."
The emphasis at the notice 'chose' is mine. analyzing this paragraph insinuates that not just is Rand's moral philosophy an insignificant rehash of past principles yet that she intentionally and dishonestly *evaded* this truth. whereas either Rand and Aquinas have Aristotelian roots, this can be nonetheless no longer a decent remark to make in passing approximately Rand's philosophy. it isn't acceptable for me to enter information about the main points among Rand and Aquinas right here, yet any reader can find out about Rand's moral philosophy by way of studying 'The advantage of Selfishness' via Ayn Rand, 'Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand' through Leonard Peikoff or 'Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics' through Tara Smith.
There are a number of different snipes at Ayn Rand in the course of the e-book, however the remark above is especially representative.
I certainly don't suggest this booklet for real lovers of Objectivism. I additionally don't suggest this ebook for basic lovers of laissez-faire capitalism as i don't see a lot worth during this publication for this broader viewers both.
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