Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

28 Nov 2001, 12:26 p.m.

The In Defense of Advertising book had nothing I could…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

The In Defense of Advertising book had nothing I could use, I discovered rather quickly. (No index entries for "children," "minors," "protection," "sex," or "violence.") But our Objectivist friend Mr. Kirkpatrick married a woman named Linda Reardan. Ayn Rand named one protagonist of Atlas Shrugged Hank Rearden. I don't mean to imply anything so much as call it an amusing coincidence. I certainly would never imply that Objectivists are such slavish devotees to Miss Rand that they'll make major life choices based on the details of her fiction.