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King at America now it should be obvious to s but for some reason most don t see it despite the loss of prosperity nemployment loss of freedoms including the erosion of rights GUARANTEED in the Bill of Rights Yes Several Of The First 10 Amendments several of the first 10 amendments already been breached and the courts don t been breached and the courts don t in any hurry to reverse this most not only don t see itbut seem to be voting for itWhere do I disagree with Ms rand Well she was very much a my way or the highway thinker She herself had little patience with those who disagreed with her as her attitude seems to be that they just couldn t or wouldn t see it Also I m a Christian and she seems to have seen little difference between putting others before yourself willingly and having the State force the view that everyone must exist for the State There is some argument by Objectivists that she saw the difference but simply rejected religious belief That could be the case as I noted I m not a student of MsRand s philosophy I ve simply read her work and some little about herWherever you stand or whatever you think about the woman herself this is a book I d recommend It has some value and can have the effect of making s look at what we have before we lose it I rate it a 3 as it s not ite as readable as some of her later work it is her first after all and can get dry Still it s worth a read I just finished this book My soul has never been so pained by a novel Very few books affect me like this one did I cannot explain other than it was so beautifully horrific I knew very little about Communism or what the USSR was like It caused so much anger and frustration in me but the pain comes from the truths that it enlightens about humanity We are creatures of pain and suffering and joy and and triumph And no matter what pain we are dealtwe still have the capacity within ourselves to find the beauty and will that makes s go on life This is the first Ayn Rand novel I have read It is her first novel I would highly recommend this It is an inventment of your soul so read this when you have the endurance to
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Ayn Rand s We Living Sometimes you should read the introductions before you start a book and other times you should just jump in to the story This particular anniversary edition of Rand s first novel originally published in 1936 has an introduction with a major spoiler regarding a choice the main character Kira makes in her life a choice that is the heart of the book Even though I skipped the rest of the cursed intro I was annoyed at knowing that detail I prefer to discover such things on my own Oh well The important part to remember and what makes this book relevant to me at this moment in history is this from Rand s 1958 forwardWe The Living is not a story about Soviet Russia in 1925 It is a story about Dictatorship any dictatorship anywhere at any time whether it be Soviet Russia Nazi Germany or which this novel might do its share in helping to prevent a socialist America This book is supposed to be semi autobiographical Once again I ote Rand s forward I was born in Russia I was educated nder the Soviets I have seen the conditions of existence that I describe The particulars of Kira s story were not mine I did not study engineering I studied history I did not want to build bridges I wanted to write her physical appearance bears no resemblance to mine neither does her family The specific events of Kira s life were not mine her ideas her convictions her values were and areThis is a grim story and it was not easy for me to spend much time on it I needed to take breaks to get out of its grey world that was so full of despair broken dreams and twisted ideals And truthfully I did not care much for Kira at any point although I admired her intense desire to be true to herself and to live her own life the way any human being should be allowed to do People are individuals and while I accept the need for certain rules and regulations of society no person or government or ideology should forc. N lives and pursue their own happiness It tells of a young woman’s passionate love held like a fortress against the corrupting evil of a totalitarian stateWe the Living is not a story of politics but of the men and women who have to struggle for existence behind the Red.
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E those individuals into identical molds bricks in a wallNot in Russia a hundred years ago not in America today not anywhere ever Erotica at its best We the Living is about a young lady with a brilliant mind and a ferocious appetite for sex The book begins with Kira a hot little harlot who might have been working at a strip joint if they weren t so damn bourgeois as she seeks to find a nightlife for herself in her newly Soviet city of Petrograd Posing as A fiction novel almost a century old at this point I think has become relevant and important than ever in an era seeing a resurgence in socialism government power censorship and collectivism What place the individual has in a world where this value is downplayed not only serves as an intriguing consideration in fiction but also a terrible tragedy when individualism and joy are suppressed in the name of order and authority We the Living not only based in truth but a powerful story of life and liberty is probably one of the best but also most disturbing books I ve read in a long time We the Living paints a chilling portrayal of an orderly strong society made possible only by the suppression of those who stand for something beyond it It s beautiful but also frightening Everything sacrificed and repressed for the cause of the State during this period is a monumental loss and it s even darker to think that this is only portrayed through a few characters when considering that this happened to so many due to the impact of the USSR s strict policies Even darker is the way that the objectivist viewpoint in We the Living would be viewed as problematic by its government wh If you ever want to acuire a keen appreciation for food read any story about the USSR History or fiction doesn t matter Mildewed millet and one loaf of bread a month is enough to break anyone We The Living is an illustration of the loneliness that seems the Can I Tell You about Nystagmus? unavoidable conseuence of any who possess an Objectivist viewpoint One passage in the book made me laugh in appreciation for how true it rang in my life Kira saysWell if I asked people whether they believed in life they d nevernderstand what I meant It s a bad Last Whales uestion It can mean so much that it really means nothing So I ask them if they believe in God And if they say they do then I know they don t believe in lifeThis is because no matter to whom you are speaking no matter what religion they follow God is always the highest conception of the highest possible A believer in God has placed their highest conception above their own possibility above their own life Whatever such a person believes in it isn t lifeIt s a rare gift Kira says to feel reverence for your own life and to want the best the greatest the highest possible here now for your very own To imagine a heaven and then not to dream of it but to demand itJust as celebrations are for those who have something to celebrate life is for the living not those who cherish the thoughts of their own death and the after life rewards which await them for their obedience Here s the thing this book is fucking awesome I m a big fan of this theme the whole individual vs the state story I think most of the books I ve read in this vein were descended from 1984 but this is without doubt my favorite execution of the familiar thematic focus This book was just so evocative for me it did an incredible job of capturing the crushing force of livingnder a sociopolitical regime that cares not for the wants or needs of the individual i found something needs of the individual I found something The Art of War uplifting about this tale ofnrelenting downward pressure It was simplybeautifulI ve recommended it to i don t know how many people and very few people I ve ever met have read it but this book is one of my top 3 no doubt I ve never even read any of Ayn Rand s other books which I guess makes me weird but if I had to choose one book to keep me company while I was tossed into some super maximum security prison in the depths of the belly of the beast it would be this one. Banners and slogans It is a picture of what those slogans do to human beings What happens to the defiant ones What happens to those who succumb Against a vivid panorama of political revolution and personal revolt Ayn Rand shows what the theory of socialism means in practic.

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