02 June 2010
Rand and Marx
The recent publication of two biographies of Ayn Rand has rekindled interest in her, and it has also rekindled interest in a by-now standard roster of criticisms of her and her work. As this article rehearses, Rand's work is superficial at best and fraudulent at worst, and it therefore appeals only to immature minds and to some of our basest instincts--which explains why her work is largely not taken seriously in the academy, for example.
By contrast, Karl Marx's work is taken quite seriously. Yet do, or perhaps should, some of the same criticisms leveled at Rand apply also to Marx's work?