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Can Objectivism save the culture?

Advocates of Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism often claim that the philosophy is necessary for substantially changing the culture for the better. That seems presumptuous to me. Is it true? Also, is the philosophy capable of saving the culture on its own? Or is more needed?

Anonymous , 29.11.2012, 22:36
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MrChirpsky, 01.12.2012, 16:51
Any product of valid integration (as against "mis-integration" or "dis-integration") can't hurt and can usually help (on its own or in combination) to lead the people you care about (beginning with yourself) in a better direction. If you understand the role ideas play in human life (and in history) then you will see examples everywhere of integrated, value-oriented art, science, and philosophy, from Aristotle to Victor Hugo, and from Isaac Newton to Ayn Rand. Enjoy the adventure with the benevolent certainty (not presumptuousness) that the good WILL ultimately prevail. The immediate emotional payoff is that, as Ayn Rand said, "those who fight for the future live in it today." May your intellectual adventure be morally fortuitous. :-)

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