Back in 2013-2014, amidst the political chaos of the “astroturf” Tea Party Patriot Movement, I wrote the book A Critique of Ayn Rand’s Philosophy of Religion: The Gospel According to John Galt (2015), wherein I demonstrated that prophetic Abrahamic religions cannot be reconciled with Ayn Rand’s militantly-atheist Objectivist “philosophy.” I warned that if such right-wing pseudo-philosophy was not adequately addressed, it could lead to something worse. That prediction, unfortunately, has proven to be correct, with the increasing presence of palingenetic ultra-nationalists groups forming in North America and Europe.
The book has had success, both at dissolving the false reconciliation between religion and Randianism, and at triggering misguided Randian ire. Ayn Rand’s devotees attacked the book because I point out precisely what Rand herself pointed out: her “philosophy” is irreconcilable with religion, and her deification of money, wealth, capitalism, is antithetical to the anti-idolatry Abrahamic traditions as well as the Enlightenment. Ironically, her “philosophy” serves as an ersatz-religion for many of her most devoted admirers, a collectivist-reality which began already when she was alive and continues to this day.
Thanks to the ongoing discourse over the book, Lexington Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield, is releasing a paperback version of the book in September of 2019. It can be purchased at Rowman & Littlefield’s website, Amazon, or any other reputable bookseller.
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