Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ayn Rand-Racism

     Ayn Rand believes racism "is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism" (126).   She claims it is evil and negates "mind and morality".  Racists have not earned a sense of personal identity and are unintelligent.  Racists are insecure.  These are the reasons for racists to feel they are superior to other races. She states that a perfectly capitalist society will completely eliminate racism and she absolutely despises unions or any kind of collectivism. 
     Ayn Rand is kind of all over the place with this and also very, very opinionated.  Although she says a perfectly capitalist society would eliminate racism entirely, our society was more capitalist about 100 years ago and we were also more racist.  Today, we are less capitalist and also less racist.  This fact contradicts her claims.  She also talked about the idea that if there are 25 percent blacks in a society, every company should offer 25 percent of their jobs to black people.  I disagree with this completely.  Its similar to colleges wanting to diversify these days by letting people of different races with possibly lower grades into their schools instead of whites who receive higher grades.   

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