To which one Paul Ruggiero, who often shows up whenever Ayn Rand is the subject, replied:
To which this patient soul replied:
To which a good man (Threnody) added:
The comments following articles misrepresenting and misunderstanding Ayn Rand's ideas are often very interesting. There really are huge numbers of people who either cannot understand her or who are endlessly eager to misrepresent her ideas. Many people become so deeply rutted in their line of "thought" that they literally are unable to see any other viewpoint, especially when that viewpoint fundamentally differs with all of their own reference points. The most blatant inconsistencies in their own viewpoint go totally unrecognized and unaddressed. Even when you bring such a person to admit they have a problem through hours of discussions, by the next day almost everyone of them will have found some way to forget that they admitted a severe inconsistency the prior day.
Few people can change their worldview after they have held it for many years. It is often claimed that Ayn Rand's ideas appeal only to the young and therefor to the immature. It is not entirely true that only the young are greatly influenced by her ideas and it is certainly not the case that her ideas only attract interest from the immature. But, there is a reason why so many individuals who do become interested in Ayn Rand's ideas do so when they are young. It is because such a large fraction of those older are mired in deep ruts in the mud of ideas they have held a long time and which have so distorted their view of the world that they cannot see or will not see the truth anymore.