The Unlikeliest Cult: Ayn Rand, Objectivism, and the Cult of Personality

The Unlikeliest Cult: Ayn Rand, Objectivism, and the Cult of Personality

The following excerpt has been reproduced word-to-word from Michael Shermer’s book Why People Believe Weird ThingsI do not hold copyright to this excerpt. It has been reproduced for educational outreach, without the author’s consent. The copyright is held by the author “Michael Shermer” and the publishers:

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Intimacy Without Compassion Is Cruelty

Intimacy Without Compassion Is Cruelty

This post is defensive. As I expand my public profile and engage a larger community, I am reminded of relevant conversations I've had with friends. A lot of my friends joke that I would make a good cult leader. If anything, they mean it as an offensive, back-handed compliment. It has extremely negative connotations. I don't feel verbally attacked by these people, but their words are loaded comments aimed at me, which I feel should be addressed. If my closest friends can conjure these jests for playful sport, then opponents could certainly attempt to craft the same ideas for my detriment. Let's just be very clear.

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