For Kenneth Turan to suggest that Ayn Rand ought to be "a footnote to history" because her "be^tes noires, the Soviet Union and the collectivism it insisted on, have just about disappeared off the face of the Earth" ("Dissent Shrugged in Rand Documentary," Feb. 13), is like saying that Harriet Beecher Stowe should be overlooked because the system "Uncle Tom's Cabin" argued against--slavery--no longer exists!
Of course the "defense of individualism . . . seems much less controversial now than it did half a century ago"--who does Turan think gave millions of ordinary people the intellectual ammunition to win this philosophical war?
I suppose back in the 4th century BC some hack writer declared Aristotle a footnote to history, and now, over two millenniums later, we still celebrate and apply his concept of logic. Just as two millenniums from now, people will celebrate and apply Ayn Rand's concepts of objectivity and rational egoism.
In his review of the documentary "Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life," Turan asserts that "Objectivism, the philosophy she created and espoused, has not taken hold in any substantive way."