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Pagan and American Individualism

By Gus diZerega

[Snip] Even in its secular guise, the traditional American model of an individual is deeply Protestant. From that perspective are individual atoms with firm boundaries and each having a unique relationship with God, a relationship for which we are ultimately entirely responsible. When this idea of an individual became secularized, it usually incorporated its Protestant Christian assumptions of atomistic separation from the world and from other people.

From this perspective Ayn Rand is an atheistic version of extreme Protestantism. This similarity probably explains much of her popularity in this culture and is why so many who pretend to be Christians today talk like her. Despite all her talk about how different her philosophy was, it really fit pretty well with some important existing views.

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