This morning, the National Post reported that McGill University, the institution where I study, rejected a much needed donation from a man who offered to chair a new philosophy department dedicated to the study of Ayn Rand. Why the hell am I not surprised? For those of you who know what university is all about, you'll vouch for the fact that anything other than Liberal philosophy is frowned upon. We study Locke, Burke, and Marx until we vomit....literally. Conversely, Ayn Rand pioneered the revolutionary and oft despised objectivism and individualism. Agreed, her work is extremely right wing and very extreme. If taken literally, most of Rand's writings are anything but practical for our society...but then again, how realistic are Marx and Locke? The part that doesn't surprise me about the whole thing is that Rand was also a vehement defender of Israel, and so studying her work is completely impossible on campus. We must not deviate from our studies about love and multi-culturalism and unconditional acceptance of all that is wrong with Islam. Anyone farmiliar with the Ayn Rand Institute's work will undoubtedly have come across some of the Institute's most recent publications such as:
"Israel Has a Moral Right to Its Life"
"Allowing Israel to Destroy the PLO Helps Defend the U.S."
"Radical Islam's Assault on Human Life"
"Why Israel Must Not Withdraw"
"We Are Either With Israel, or We Are With the Terrorists"
"We Are All Israelis Now".
All the above articles can be found here. So, does it surprise any of you that McGill will allow me to study Hitler's Mein Kampf, but will not allow me to read anything that might question the Palestinian cause?