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  1. Ayn Rand's Errors According to Academic Nerds It's time for some Rand stuff in the culture. Over on Quora, they have a thread that was started in 2010, and has been receiving answers all through the years on up to March 2019 (according to the log page): What was Ayn Rand wrong about? There are 81 answers as of this post. If you have nothing to do some day and want to see what the minds of academic nerds look like when they ponder Rand, this question and the answers will do it. Bring your weed-killer and nit spray. I only skimmed the answers, but I didn't see anyone who thinks the way I do. I find the question mostly irrelevant. That's not a cop-out. Rand provides a workable philosophical frame on which anyone--not just academics--can build knowledge and approach other thinkers, no matter how complicated the issue. And her philosophical frame is right, meaning it works and works well. That, in itself, is a magnificent achievement. Some details and minor topics in her ideas have errors and many have scope issues, but the strength of her overall ideas and impact on society at large is withstanding the test of time. Ayn Rand is a force for good. From the tone of many of the answers, the academics sense this is some kind of threat to them. If showing their irrelevance to the ideas involved in living a good life is the standard, they are right. She is far more relevant than any of them are. One of the best things she accomplished was to wed philosophy to self-help. I mean that, too. There are many high-level achievers in the world (actual top-tier movers and shakers) who gained their inspiration and basic thinking frame from Rand. What better social tonic could there be against power-grubbing social engineers--who the academics always support--than a philosophical framework for individuals that eschews violence and prioritizes reason? How are you going to engineer covert compliance in a person who thinks for himself and has a philosophical framework that works to back it up? Anyway, there it is. On the other side, going through the answers might give you food for thought if you approach them from that angle. If that happens, that's always a good thing. You have an unrepeatable beautiful mind, so anything that helps you make it stronger through use is good. But, man, did they have to make the answers so friggin' boring? Most of all, have fun. Michael