August 13, 2012
Greenspan Totally Faced by Deep Thinker…

… a conversion narrative brought to you by Business Week:

Before I met Ayn Rand, I was a logical positivist, and accordingly, I didn’t believe in absolutes, moral or otherwise. If I couldn’t prove a proposition with facts and figures, it was without merit. In the midst of a conversation, she said to me, “Do I understand the thrust of your position? You are not certain you exist?” I hesitated a moment, and I said, “I can’t be sure.” And she then said to me, “And who, by chance, is answering that question?” With that little exchange, she undermined the philosophical structure I had built for myself. The contradiction was too glaring and opened me up to listen to the rest of what she had to say. We remained close until she passed away in 1982.

After which Greenspan presumably became certain she did not exist. Or uncertain she did not exist. Or existed only in the sense that a bundle of AAA-rated subprime mortgages may be said to exist. Or something.

Well, what the hell, at least the future Fed chairman wasn’t mindfucked by L. Ron Hubbard. We’d all be hooked up to E-meters and audited by Tom Cruise.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at August 13, 2012 04:00 PM
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Ayn Rands philosophy sounds like she never read anything but Max Stirner's "The Ego and Its Own" but didn't understand it.

Posted by: Peter on August 14, 2012 10:47 AM

Is there any other country in the world where Ayn Rand is even read, let alone taken seriously? Just askin'.

Posted by: Fast Eddie on August 14, 2012 11:08 AM
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