Pharyngula

Ayn Rand wasn’t always wrong

This is a video of Ayn Rand on a talk show in, I think, the 1970s. Don’t run away yet! The interesting part isn’t Ayn Rand, who merely says the same thing all we atheists say nowadays, but the audience and also the host: they seem horrified that someone has so boldly stated that they don’t believe in god. And that liberal host, Phil Donahue, “tsk, tsk, tsk”s her, and you can tell he’s just unable to comprehend someone denying the deity.

We have come a long way. I don’t think a modern audience would be much less annoyed, but at least they wouldn’t be as surprised.

OK, just to correct your exposure to Rand (although she doesn’t say anything objectionable in the clip above), here’s Christopher Hitchens.