Friday, January 28, 2011

Ayn Rand Was On Welfare




Yes, you heard me right. Ayn Rand was on welfare. My co-Rand hater Cynical C found this fascinating article by Patia Stephens. Her piece is not the most well documented, but it's pretty revelatory about Mrs. Objectivism Psycho herself.

Critics of Social Security and Medicare frequently invoke the words and ideals of author and philosopher Ayn Rand, one of the fiercest critics of federal insurance programs. But a little-known fact is that Ayn Rand herself collected Social Security. She may also have received Medicare benefits.

An interview recently surfaced that was conducted in 1998 by the Ayn Rand Institute with a social worker who says she helped Rand and her husband, Frank O’Connor, sign up for Social Security and Medicare in 1974.

Federal records obtained through a Freedom of Information act request confirm the Social Security benefits. A similar FOI request was unable to either prove or disprove the Medicare claim.

Between December 1974 and her death in March 1982, Rand collected a total of $11,002 in monthly Social Security payments. O’Connor received $2,943 between December 1974 and his death in November 1979.



I don't have a problem with the concept of a writer/philosopher being on welfare. It's actually pretty smart and dedicated. If you want to go through your novels with monk Zen and focus, welfare is the way to go. But Ayn Rand didn't like welfare. She thought someone who worked to pile up wealth should be entitled to keep it and not share. And yet, she used the wealth of others for eight years of her life.

Again, I don't have a problem with the idea of Rand getting help to pay her hospital bills. Decrying this would be to fall in her game of hatred. I can point and laugh though. Another hardcore intellectual who built a system she cannot live up to. And yet some people as deranged as her are ready to follow the rules of Objectivism on bloody stumps through the snow. I hate systems, I hate narrow-minded fucking rule sets...and yet, I don't hate Ayn Rand. She was batshit crazy. I only hate those sheepish people who can't use their common sense when reading some philosophy. You can gain knowledge by reading books, but you cannot gain, or buy, or loot common sense. It's something you can only decide to use.

14 comments:

  1. Haha nice find. I can't say I'm too surprised. Just in general it seems anyone who cries out about anything loudly enough (gay people, adultery, gambling) seems to be guilty of it themselves. But I'm glad she was able to get the help she needed, even she is known as the voice against it.

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  2. I've read a few biographies of Rand, and I did not know that. But I can certainly believe it's true. I imagine she tried to keep it quiet.

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  3. There are actually some elements of Rand's philosophy that I don't find horribly objectionable... the biggest problem with her and her ilk was the complete lack of any sort of compassion. That simple flaw dooms the entirety of her writings and makes her irrelevant as a thinker.

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  4. You know, take communism. On paper it's a great fucking idea, but it doesn't hold up against human nature. I hate when people pretend they understood the world through a system of thoughts. Capitalism is swallowing them all because it doesn't have any shape and it adds new rules everyday.

    That said, I think Rand is full of shit on all the line, but that's just me :O)

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  5. I've read both Atlas Shrugged and Fountainhead, and while I admired her writing skill and character development, I felt that she was going overboard with her philosophy. Whatever she was preaching seemed unattainable in itself and didn't consider the humanness of the average person. I agree with Heath. There was no compassion to the point that it was almost annoying. I did, however, like her points about not selling yourself and not letting people cheapen your dreams and skills.

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  6. I don't think social security is bad but anytime the government imposes a program then everyone should be required to pay into it and the government should not be allowed to borrow our money.The program changed over the years allowing people to tap into it who never paid a dime. It was the governments idea and I assume Ayn Rand and husband paid money into it for over 30 years; why wouldn't she or anyone not benefit, their money was taken from them. She received benefits for 7yrs. and 4 months. By the way medicare same thing applies but no proof she ever received any. If you worked where I do and see the abuse of foodstamp, welfare, wic and believe me all kinds of freebees for people who just don't want to work and let me be frank I worked 32 years for a telecommunications company and retired for half the amount of money many of these people get on their EBT welfare foodstamp cards. They buy beer, cigarettes, hard liquor with the cash side of their card and buy an unreal amount of food that us working people can't afford. If you can buy alcohol and tobacco why should us taxpayers pay for your food. By now you can tell I work for a well known supercenter and am amazed what we the taxpayer dole out. This is not the exception; you people need to work a week and see what we see. People like to use that phrase you don't care about the poor but ask this question why are they poor. Live in same country same opportunities as the rest of us.By the way poor by who's standard. And if the Obamas are worried about obesity come see all the junk food these people buy. The foods they can buy should be limited. Why should we pay for colas and twinkies, cakes and bags of candy. I even had two people tell me they quit their jobs so they could get welfare benefits and go to school. Also why should taxpayers pay for people not being responsible and buy pregnancy test with you guessed it their ebt taxpayer funded cards. I could go on and on. By the way ask your small business owners why they can't get people to work; it is causing a real problem for them because so many are not going to work if they can get welfare. One other thing I see over and over people working just enough to qualify for earned income credit. This is also a problem no wonder small companies area having to import temp. workers from other countries. Oh and then we the taxpayer subsidize large corporations like supercenters, dollar like stores etc. if they hire certain long term welfare tanf, ex felons and many others the company gets a tax credit. That is corporate welfare but also it discriminates against others who don't take welfare or have not been a felon. We are not a true capitalist society so don't even say it. I wonder how many of you that wrote on this blog are on welfare programs. Growing up I was told no one owes you a living you earn your way. I do believe in helping those who really can't work because of REAL illness but is sooo abused. Have many people who shop for 2 hrs or longer and tell me they are trying to get social security disability. Oh and yes I have had terrible migrains for my whole adult life but I worked so sick & many days at a time. So many people are looking for anything that the government will qualify as a disorder just to game the system. Most of these people have an attitude that they are entitled. It is unbelievable. By the way politicians don't care about you for the most part it's about their pocketbooks and getting re-elected. If you people would read Thomas Jefferson just this man alone was so well educated I dare say most of congress compiled could not be as informed about government and freedom as he and yes nothing has changed it applies today. Oh FYI average person pays in a lot less social security into the system than they get back. Get back about 3 times the amount paid in. Of course we get those who never paid in but receive. Look up prucol for illegals.

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  7. I read both "Atlas Shrugged" and The Fountainhead" when in college. At the time I thought they were good stories, but posited a philosphy by which a society could not adhere to without descending into chaos and ruin. I think she was a brilliant Russian contrarian and a misfit. When reality intruded on her life she was unwilling to live by her own credo of independence.

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  8. The entire "hypocrite" argument is a logical fallacy called "appeal to hypocrisy", so anyone using the government assistance argument to discredit Ayn Rand has failed.

    Say what you will about Ayn Rand, but the validity of objectivism is completely independent of any actions she may or may not have taken.

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  9. Ayn Rand herself believed it discredited her which is why she tried to keep it quiet. She spent her whole life calling welfare recipients 'moochers' etc then changed her mind later in life saying it is OK since you are reclaiming your tax dollars. She backed herself into a corner by saying principles are absolute and that there can be no compromise.

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  10. Or maybe she kept it quiet because it was forseeable that a shitstorm of illogical decries would follow - and who likes to be forced to go through shitstorms?

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  11. Social Security and Medicare isn't welfare. Her drawing benefits is no different than anyone else paying into the retirement system.

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  13. She died miserable and alone with a Dollar sign as casket decoration.

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  14. Did she PAY INTO the system all those years in her life with all the book royalties ?? Then she would be DAMN STUPID to not utilize what was taken from her.....

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