In the late seventies I subscribed to the Objectivist Forum for awhile. And it could be such a beautiful thing, it could be like a breath of fresh air coming in the mailbox. But it became petty and divisive and also factionalized.... I tend to stay away from it [now]. It's in the nature of the individualist ethos that you don't want to be co-opted.
[Also], the ones most devoted to the cause are the ones with least of a life. A friend of mine who was involved in the Ayn Rand estate and the initial institutes and so on noticed that all of the coteries surrounding her didn't do anything.... The whole philosophy is about doing things ... with an eye towards excellence and beauty. And that was the one thing that was lacking in any of the coteries surrounding her. So that's another reason people stay away from [the official Objectivist movement], saying, "Well, I have a life and I'm living the philosophy -so why do I want to stop and talk about it with other people who aren't doing it?"
Withered hearts and cruel, tormented eyes/
Scheming demons dressed in kingly guise/
Beating down the multitude and/
Scoffing at the wise/
The hypocrites are slandering/
The sacred halls of Truth/
Ancient nobles showering/
Their bitterness on youth/
Can't we find the minds that made us strong?/
Can't we learn to feel what's right/
And what's wrong?/