Demented LRH wrote:
I have never heard about Rand, so I followed the link provided by Don Carlo. What she created does not look like a cult to me because she was not using mind-control techniques such as sleep deprivation, isolation from the family, etc. If her followers were stupid enough to put her on pedestal, that was their fault exclusively.
There were mind- and behavior-control techniques being used, though not the usual ones. I had a friend about 20 years ago who just wouldn't shut up about Ayn Rand. I tried to read both The Fountainhead
and Atlas Shrugged
but didn't get far in either one, finding her style dry and pedantic and her "heroes" extremely unlikeable. So I decided to read Judgment Day: My Years With Ayn Rand
by Nathaniel Branden, who had been one of her inner circle for years. He split with Rand and her group rather acrimoniously (kicked out and publicly denounced by Rand herself; his own personally issued "SP declare"). Branden still admires her and to this day preaches Objectivism. Even through his rose-colored glasses, my reaction to his book can be summed up in two words: holy crap!
This woman was a seething mass of emotional, mental and personality issues. How on earth she came to have so much sway over her minions, and how they could possibly overlook her personality defects confused me until I saw the pattern--she appealed to those who either already felt that they were or desperately wanted to feel morally and intellectually superior to the unwashed masses. In that way there are similarities to Scientology; however, LRH attracted people who really did want to help others by cloaking his crap in the guise of helping people become Homo Novis in order to help humanity, while Rand propounded unabashed greed and selfishness. She was a master manipulator, and her dupes essentially worshiped her and emulated her every move, loved her every like (right down to music), hated her every dislike, etc. Fortunately her jibberjabber was less successful at attracting people than LRH's. And like Scientology, there are a few true things in Objectivism, but it's not worth wading through the sewer to find them.
btw, when I went back to my friend and incredulously told him what I had learned about Rand, he rather embarrassedly backpedaled and I never heard about her from him again. lol