Ayn Rand or Rapper Kanye West?

Kanye West or Ayn Rand?

There is no more despicable coward than the man who deserted the battle for his joy, fearing to assert his right to existence, lacking the courage and the loyalty to life of a bird or a flower reaching for the sun. Discard the protective rags of that vice which you call a virtue: humility—learn to value yourself, which means: to fight for your happiness—and when you learn that pride is the sum of all virtues, you will learn to live like a man.

Kanye West or Ayn Rand?

People always tell you, “Be Humble.  Be Humble.”  When was the last time someone told you to be amazing?  Be great!  Be great!  Be awesome!  Be awesome!

Not that hard to guess that the first is from Rand and the second from Kanye West.  But I bet I wasn’t the only one who thought of Rand when reading that quotation from the rapper in an article on Kanye and Jay-Z in the newest edition of the Atlantic.* 

Nathaniel Branden and Leondard Peikoff move over.  Kanye is the new heir to the Rand legacy!

* BTW, Kanye is a pretty good rapper and producer but let’s not go so far as to compare him to Mozart just yet.  I bet Kanye and Rand would agree that Mozart had little need to be humble after composing this (start around 2:10):


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