Message - Re: Ann Rynd The Fountainhead

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Posted by  JWmHarmon on February 25, 2004 at 10:07:32:

In Reply to:  Re: Ann Rynd The Fountainhead posted by Neha on February 24, 2004 at 11:05:10:

Who is John Gault?
I don't know, who is John Gault? Read the book to find out. Was that in Atlas Shrugged or one of Rand's other books?

One of the main themes of Rand's books was individual responsibility for the choices one makes rather than the "group-think" predominant in some segments of today's society. Some people and some groups of people will always try to control you and make your decisions for you. Others will resist the pressures of the group to do their own thinking.

You will see parallel between Howard Raork (The Fountainhead) and the life of Frank Lloyd Wright who built houses in a different style in Oak park Illinois instead of following the predominant Victorian Style.

Rand and Wright were opposed to "design-by-committee." They were opposed to "following the herd." The deeply ingrained psychological manipulations of the "Hidden Persuaders" (See Vance Packard c. 1960) are targetted in Rand's books.

We can see the hardly concealed pressures to conform in many aspects of architecture and our culture in general in the year 2004 if only we will examine our lives closely.

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