God vs John Galt! Is John Galt a secular replacement for god?

There seem to be a contingent of thinkers out there who think that "the answers to life, the universe and everything" are the philosophies of Ayn Rand in "Atlas Shrugged."  It somehow seems fitting that this may be the case since, when asked to cut some of her novel she replied, "Would you cut the Bible?" 


Calling a philosophy "Objectivism" confuses me.  No one is perfectly objective and the first hurdle to being objective is realizing that no one is truly objective. 


Her idea of people being self sufficient is a positive one.  Society can undermine the efforts of some individuals while overcompensating others.  I do question the possibility of being able to survive, or survive meaningfully, without the help of others. 


Do people idolize John Galt, fictional character, the way they might otherwise worship the ideal of Jesus, fictionalized character? 


Play nice. 

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Comment by Joseph P on February 15, 2011 at 11:15pm

I started up a similar discussion thread over in Atheist News:


Comment by Shannon on January 3, 2011 at 4:18pm

Another thing.  The trust fund baby was talking about how he would hole up in his big house if things ever went nuts.  The long term problems of food, water, and health did not concern him.  I then noted that even a mediocre sniper would have all of that from him in very short order. There would be no long term about it.  


Do people have all this apocalyptic visions because of the bible?  Are atheist more prone to believe in the end of civilization than the christians?  Can I run a poll on the nexus?  HMMM

Comment by Shannon on January 3, 2011 at 4:00pm

Arguing with objectivist is like arguing with xtians.  You can't convince them they are wrong.  One guy got mad when I pointed out to him that his hero used propaganda to whip the striking, rioting masses to do his bidding.  How did that make him totally responsible for himself without help from others?  He blasted me!  Can't help  but wonder if he ever read the book.  Turns out he was a trust-fund baby.  You can't make this shit up!  


Objectivism-- kind of like "fair and balanced."  Who are they trying to convince?


Who is John Galt?  A fictional character...


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