Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin, Randian

What were the influences on the young Brett Kimberlin that formed his character? Mark Singer records an unlikely one on page 62 of Citizen K.

The experience of reading Ayn Rand, especially Atlas Shrugged, “changed my life.” He admired the way Rand’s characters rigidly “stuck to their principles” and jealously guarded their independence.

I suppose that at least partially explains his lack of altruism.

1 thought on “Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin, Randian

  1. Rand appeals to the socially deficient in a couple of ways. First, she asserted a make-your-own-rules concept of human interaction. This appeals to those too socially deficient to recognize, let alone adhere to the unwritten rules of human interaction. With his complete lack of empathy he probably systematically stepped on toes. Second, it rationalizes their social isolation as not as the result of social insufficiences, but rather, the resentment of average folk whom allegedly hate them for their virtue. Third, if offers the warm glow of superiority to folks for merely ascribing to certain political positions. In the case of the diminutive Brett Kimberlin too small and weak to fight off being anally sodomized in prison it asserts the true measure of a man is his IQ.

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