By Jerome Tuccille
I'm an avid reader of the works of Ayn Rand. I picked up this e-book from a used booklet shop pondering that it might be a pleasant ebook to provide an outline of the occupation of Alan Greenspan with targeted emphasis on his courting with Ayn Rand. regrettably, i used to be bored through the content material on Alan Greenspan and indignant by way of the content material on Ayn Rand.
The preliminary chapters on Greenspan's formative years and his pastime as a jazz participant are attention-grabbing. although, the latter sections on Greenspan as a monetary adviser (for Ford and Reagan) and his time with the Federal Reserve are a bit of informative yet dull to learn. Chairing the Federal Reserve isn't precisely the most enjoyable place, so maybe the writer is simply doing the easiest with the cloth he has.
This is correct however the remedy of Ayn Rand is particularly unkind if not only downright immature. for instance, Tuccille writes "[M]uch of Rand's rational individualism was once in concord with the lessons of the scholastic Thomas Aquinas....But Rand *chose* to think that she had created a brand new morality that stood Christianity on its head."
The emphasis at the notice 'chose' is mine. studying this paragraph insinuates that not just is Rand's moral philosophy an insignificant rehash of prior rules yet that she intentionally and dishonestly *evaded* this truth. whereas either Rand and Aquinas have Aristotelian roots, this is often nonetheless no longer a decent remark to make in passing approximately Rand's philosophy. it isn't applicable for me to enter information about the main points among Rand and Aquinas the following, yet any reader can know about Rand's moral philosophy through examining 'The advantage of Selfishness' via Ayn Rand, 'Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand' through Leonard Peikoff or 'Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics' via Tara Smith.
There are quite a few different snipes at Ayn Rand through the publication, however the remark above is especially representative.
I certainly don't suggest this ebook for real enthusiasts of Objectivism. I additionally don't suggest this publication for common lovers of laissez-faire capitalism as i don't see a lot price during this publication for this broader viewers both.
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Alan Shrugged: Alan Greenspan, the World's Most Powerful Banker by Jerome Tuccille