“On July 16, , one million people, from all over the country, converged on Cape Kennedy, Florida, to witness the launching of Apollo 11 that carried. Apollo and Dionysus. By Ayn Rand. A concretization of the issue of reason vs. emotion via an analysis of two contrasting events of the glorious. In Ayn Rand’s Anti-Industrial Revolution, there is an essay, dated January, , called “Apollo and Dionysius.” She compares unfavourably.

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Apollo and Dionysus

Half a million people are willing to cram into one place to hear music. Ayn Rand – India blog.

This was proven by all the Woodstock festivals, even the last one, held on an ex-military base with twelve-foot high fences. He must exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself. I understand what Dionysus has to do with woodstock, but what does Apollo—. But to hold them with total consistency—to understand, to define, to prove and to apply them—requires volumes of thought.

Apollo and Dionysus

The latter, Rand states, were driven by the Apollonian values of reason and sobriety, as represented in the moon mission — which was also called Apollo.

Newer Post Older Post Home. Each event was essentially a celebration of us — of mainstream America on the one hand, and countercultural America on the other hand — and that is all. Man—every man—is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others.


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Want to add to the discussion? It was conceived in the aftermath of the hysteria over the launch by the Soviets of Sputnikthe first artificial satellite in The Soviets were so successful at satellite technology precisely they operated under a command economy.

The fear was that the Soviets would get to the moon first. Certainly, organizing a multi-day concert involving several dozen performers, with hundreds and possibly thousands of crew and staff, is a feat of logistics in itself, although not at the level of the moon-shot. KennedyLibertarianism apoklo, ObjectivismWoodstock Festival.

Post your Comments on this Article Name. Rock festivals such as Woodstock are not held very frequently, and when they are, the events themselves leaving aside the subsequent merchandising through recordings and films are not commercially successful.

My philosophy, Objectivism, holds that: This last is the predominant philosophical position today, particularly in the field of politics. In The Right StuffTom Wolfe describes how the space race was a return to single-combat joust of past times.

Personal Computers, the Internet, and dionhsus “New Eco The Woodstock festival, Rand writes, was the apotheosis of the spirit of Dionysus, the god of wine and love. In the end, the motives of the half-million who watched the moon-shot, and the same number who attended the Woodstock festival a month later, were not altogether dissimilar.


The ideal political-economic system is laissez-faire capitalism.

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I did as follows:. When we walked on the moon: How sustainable such a market would be is uncertain. Great Apollonian determination was placed in the service of what was not at all rational. It is a system where men deal with one diohysus, not as victims and executioners, nor as masters and slaves, but as traders, by free, voluntary exchange to mutual benefit. It is simply a continuation of the multibillion-dollar science-project that was the Apollo programme. The convenience of getting from New York to London in two hours was not tand to sustain Concorde as a commercially viable entity, before it went belly up a few years ago.

Its purpose is to teach people to lead happy, successful lives full of self-esteem through rational thinking, goal setting, and productive achievement. Neither had any other practical purpose, and if the Apollonians of south Florida were less messy than the Dionysians of upstate New York, their enterprise was quite a bit more expensive, dlonysus to mention: What they would do with it, no one was certain.