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How to discern Randroids from the actual Objectivists (if there's a difference between the two)? Randroid seems to be more of a derogatory term though.

asked Jan 19 '12 at 23:47

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edited Jan 23 '12 at 16:16

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That parenthetical involves a deeply rude insinuation. Surely you don't mean it.

(Jan 20 '12 at 00:59) Greg Perkins ♦♦ Greg%20Perkins's gravatar image

I had to look it up. It's funny.

randroid A self-proclaimed Objectivist who does not actually understand Objectivism. Generally follows and parrots a few of Ayn Rand's words (usually only the most well known quotes) like an acolyte follows a prophet. Hated by Objectivists and used as a strawman against Objectivists by haters. Randroid: "I'm an Objectivist!" Objectivist: "No, sir, you are not."


(Jan 20 '12 at 01:27) Humbug Humbug's gravatar image

Thanks Humbug. That helps. And no, I didn't mean to be rude; have no ulterior intent

(Jan 20 '12 at 11:16) HarPea HarPea's gravatar image

My initial inclination was that it was rude. However, in looking at your questions history as available by clicking on your name, I came to the conclusion that you were reading anti-Objectivist materials and so ran across this term.

(Jan 20 '12 at 11:36) Humbug Humbug's gravatar image
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Given that everyone agrees the term "Randroid" is silly and is used by Rand-haters indiscriminately, I still think that HarPea's question has a nub of genuineness worth answering. If I may be so presumptuous as to rephrase your question: How do you tell whether a person follows Rand's ideas (or anyone else's for that matter) unthinkingly, or understands and accepts them first-handedly? Just ask them why they believe what they do. A true "Randroid," to the extent there is any validity to the term at all, could only answer that they believe it because she said it. If they have a reason, then you must deal with the truth/falsehood of the argument, regardless of who the first person to come up with the idea is.

answered Jan 21 '12 at 18:00

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"Randroid" is a derogatory term used by haters of Objectivism, usually in an attempt to ridicule Objectivists or would-be Objectivists.

I realize the question probably wasn't meant in that tone, but I find it offensive nonetheless. I would certainly never use that term to describe someone -- which makes the question impossible for me to answer.

answered Jan 20 '12 at 03:59

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