Via The Daily Beast
Make Them Read Rand! A Scheme in Idaho to put Objectivism in Schools
An Idaho State Senator’s threatened bill mandating that all students read Ayn Rand before graduating, caused a storm on the left. But why not, asks Michael Moynihan, it might just rid us of her noxious prose for good.
Writing in the pages of William F. Buckley’s National Review, Whittaker Chambers, a former communist turned vigorous anti-communist, offered what would become the most famous criticism of novelist Ayn Rand: “From almost any page of Atlas Shrugged, a voice can be heard, from painful necessity, commanding: ‘To a gas chamber — go!’” Fifty years later, Buckley would tell Charlie Rose that this was, perhaps, unduly harsh, though Chambers distaste for Rand’s was on target. After all, Atlas Shrugged was, Buckley said, “a thousand pages of ideological fabulism.”
Click over to read the rest, but I also wanted to share this quote: "The deeper one gets into the Objectivist canon, when one inevitably butts up against the cultish fandom she engenders, the more likely one is to flee screaming in the opposite direction."