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Pass the potatoes? That would violate my duty to self!

Surely most Rand disciples don’t apply her philosophy so rigidly to the dinner table. Right?

Our objectivist education, however, was not confined to lectures and books. One time, at dinner, I complained that my brother was hogging all the food.

“He’s being selfish!” I whined to my father.

“Being selfish is a good thing,” he said. “To be selfless is to deny one’s self. To be selfish is to embrace the self, and accept your wants and needs.”

It was my dad’s classic response — a grandiose philosophical answer to a simple real-world problem. But who cared about logic? All I wanted was another serving of mashed potatoes.

via How Ayn Rand ruined my childhood – Real Families – Salon.com.

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  1. Lex
    April 6, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    And the few commenters who try to defend Rand are left only with, “Objectivism cannot fail, it can only be failed!”

    Which is kind of where 21st-century conservatism finds itself, too.

    I don’t think that’s a coincidence.

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