Ruminations

Ayn Rand on Original Sin

I’m not normally a huge Ayn Rand fan.  Because of her background and escape from the Soviet Union, she was, I think, too quick to discount the collective forces on us, and thus to judge people for their individual failures when those failures were primarily the result of outside pressures.

But I’ve always loved her marvellous peroration against the toxic and morally bankrupt concept of original sin, from John Galt’s soliloquy in Atlas Shrugged.  Here’s some of it: Continue reading