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Ayn Rand Interview with Tom Snyder, (1 of 3)

Seeing as how we only have a few other interviews with Rand up here on Youtube, I thought I’d add this one to the list. Lesser known then the Phill Donahue or Wallace ones, it is still a treat to see her in action.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

posted by chris in Variety Shows and have Comments (25)

25 Responses to “Ayn Rand Interview with Tom Snyder, (1 of 3)”

  1. CircleBastiat says:

    @1divahead Your critique is fatally flawed. Ideals may not be realistic given the circumstances but they are still a useful measure of value. Mainstream ethics addresses issues such as the good life by constructing unrealistic ideals as the basis. Of course realistically men are not perfect and will not live up to the ideal, but it doesn’t mean it’s not something worthwhile to strive for.

    Rand creates the ideal not in the expectation that we be the ideal. But in hopes that we strive for it.

  2. dzikv01 says:

    @1divahead Interesting… And altruism doesn’t? Altrusims has morphed both the family and a nation to a level of enslavement. Practically enslaving people into systems that basicly harm them, make them overly dependant on others and unable to be both self sufficient and relied on. It created the feeling of “entitlement” in the society that makes people leech on each other… It created a world of parasites. Huge bureaucracies that create nothing but consume allot. Altruism is evil.

  3. artregeous says:

    @carryall69 wonderful i hope they trash dollar and go back to gold standarts and confescate all gold stored here in us belong to other countries (only german gold is 6000tons) wouldnt be great who can say anything anyways only problem if china become more objectivist and do it before us than we will learn all about objectivizm virtues

  4. swu880 says:

    @1divahead
    u apparently dont even understand what is objectivism, thus ur comments really are void. i suggest u first read atlas shrugged, fountainhead, and “the ethics of selfishness”

  5. Ph3L1z14n0 says:

    2 and half years old…

    …yeah right.

  6. probber66 says:

    @1divahead

    I would like to hear specific examples and instances. While I respect your opinion, I disagree with the premise of your comment, so I would be interested in knowing some more details that influence your thought .

  7. ellenaor says:

    thank you so much for sharing this video

  8. MrSTANDFORAMERICA says:

    Ever notice that most the people that come to America for freedom from other countries. Get to the USA and right off the bat disrespect the USA. Always wanting to CHANGA the USA to the same communist bullshit they just came from. They use what money and power and influence to CHANGE´╗┐ the structure of the US government.

    All these people like Rand, Soros,Huffington and many others like Obama, should be striped of the weath and sent back to where ever they came from.

  9. Explorer766 says:

    @monstu89 I don’t know I wasn’t there to know they were all sitting around 30 minutes before air. Doubtful. Even about a minute into the segment she asks if they are on the air and he quickly says yes (so discreetly you probably didn’t catch it). Then knowing they are on air she takes off her glasses. I fail to see how you are so hung on him using 3rd person in the context he did.

  10. carryall69 says:

    Tom Snyders question was snippy, like “What does it do for me?” How can you answer that? What does any conception of life does for me? Well, nothing concrete. It doesn’t clean your flat. Spongy question, spongy answer..

    Ayn’s objectivism doesn’t comprise the notion, that there is no free will. It’s more about how one can attain objective knowledge.

  11. carryall69 says:

    @artregeous
    1987, Reagan nominated and the Senate confirmed Greenspan as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.

    In the 1950s, Greenspan began an association Ayn Rand that would last until her death in 1982. Rand stood beside him at his 1974 swearing-in as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.

  12. artregeous says:

    how does quote “I” fit in to philosophy of objectivism (question)
    how doesn objectivism related to me THE individual
    what is it do for me
    answer (with question)
    are you a human being?? answer hmhmm
    well than relates to you it tells you how to lead your life
    FUNNY “I” is just one of the component of the humanbeing and what knows known as i is the dilemma but hey bitch has a cure for all just live your senses there is no such a thing as consciouss free will human siprit essence

  13. monstu89 says:

    @Explorer766 , Perhaps you are right in that they ran into airtime and he was just trying to get the ball rolling and begin the interview, but he could have phrased it a bit better by saying, “You can look right at me,” or some variation of that. Certainly not “look at Tom.” If he is trying to direct her where to look, which he clearly is, do you not think that this should have been taken care of maybe 30 or so minutes before they started taping? Still, very unprofessional in my opinion.

  14. soundmethod says:

    @monstu89 because he is not prepared and had no clue what she was all about, He is winging it. Broadcasters interview thousands of people and can not be experts about every one especially someone as complex as Ayn Rand.

  15. soundmethod says:

    @1divahead can you explain the harm you think it causes?

  16. Explorer766 says:

    @monstu89 Tom Snyder does a great job of facilitating the interview for the benefit of his audience who in large part are not philosophy majors or at all familiar with Ayn Rand. His ‘look at Tom’ coment was delivered with a light directive tone most likely to put her concern at ease quickly, as they ran into air-time and he knew it.

  17. monstu89 says:

    I’m sorry, but I cant get over the fact that at the beginning of the interview Tom said “no no, you look right at Tom.” What kind of person refers to themselves in the third person? And why is he talking to her like she’s an idiot? She’s Ayn Rand, probably 20 times more intelligent than he is. Wow, what a tool.

  18. carryall69 says:

    @artregeous
    epostemology is part of philosophy. you define your philosophy based upon epistemological determinations. like, how do i conceive my knowledge which leads me to my philosophical conclusions. so she called her philosophy objectivism and her epistemology reasons. all philosophers define universals, it goes back to plato and upwards. it’s required. it’s not just hegels thing. i think for instance, she is nearer to john locke and nietsche. and her biography is no secret..

  19. artregeous says:

    HER REAL NAME IS FUCKIN=ALYSA ZIVONYEVNA ROSENBAUM NOT ANY RAND
    AND SHE CALL HIS GAME EPISTEMOLOGY ????BEFORE SHE WAS BORN SHOPENHAVER COINED SUBJECT OF THE COGNIZANCE HEGEL DEFINED UNIVERSALS AND BITCH WAS IN ATHEIST RUSSIA AS A JEW WHATDA F..IN US SHE BECOME REBORN CAPITALIST WHY NATAN &BARBARA BRANDEN FAMILY (CANADIAN JEWS)LINK ALL THE WAY TO ALAN GREENSPAN ANY GENERATION KILL OR GEN X KNOWS FED EX DIRECTOR COMMON JEDIS RUSSIAN BRIDES SUX ITS IS NOT PHILOSOPHY IT IS EPISTEMELOGY

  20. carryall69 says:

    @XionXXXX interesting thought. can you elaborate a bit more on that?

  21. XionXXXX says:

    Objectivism sounds like pragmatic Individualism, John Locke, and Self Interest Theory put together in a nutshell.

    It is like totally opposite of collectivism and utilitarianism.

    The Internet to an objectivist revolves around you, the self which agrees with you, what others think really doesn’t matter nor affect you.

    The Internet to a utilitarian revolves around the greatest number of people that can all agree on something.

  22. Pantalaimon345 says:

    @borntoend94 What do you disagree with Rand on in the Virtue of Selfishness?

  23. borntoend94 says:

    @Pantalaimon345 Atlas Shrugged and Virtue of Selfishness, which wasn’t cheesy but it was full of bullshit.

  24. Pantalaimon345 says:

    @borntoend94 Which ones?

  25. TheTsihcrana says:

    Is it me or is she a dead ringer for Helen Thomas?

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