I used to write about Ayn Rand fairly often, because when I was younger, I was an adherent of her philosophy, Objectivism. Fortunately, I have long since shed her influence. She still has plenty of followers - although, I think, not as many as she once did.
Here's an email message I just got from one of them. See if you can count how many absurdities the writer commits in two paragraphs.
You are a doofus. I'm really glad you pose a philosophical debate with a dead person on your website. It's ingenious and a real testament to your character and integrity. Since, you may not have the hind-sight to know what I'm talking about, it's in reference to your slander on Ayn Rand. Anyone can pick apart a philosophy by using ones quotes completely out of context and after they're dead, for christ's sake, leaving them no way to back up reasons or mount a rebuttal. Good job.
I think on my website dedicated to myself I may start an argument with Gandhi or Jesus. Hell, why stop there? I could debate anyone six feet under and I will always be the only one there to declare victory.
Sincerity in every word,
[Name withheld to save the writer from further embarrassment]
So ... I guess we're only supposed to debate the ideas of living philosophers? That rather narrows the field, doesn't it?
This level of argument is sadly typical of Rand's supporters. As David Ramsey Steele memorably put it, "The doctrinal structure of Randism is bluff, buttressed by abuse of all critics."
For a good expose of many more Objectivist idiocies, see Daniel Barnes' blog Ayn Rand Contra Human Nature.
I can't believe I was ever one of these guys. Ah, my misspent youth.