LTE: Would Rand Admire Lance Armstrong?

Armstrong the epitome of Rand’s ideal male?
Thomas Kendall, Asheville
Asheville Citizen-Times | Jan 28, 2013

Does not Lance Armstrong exemplify Ayn Rand’s heroic man? Does he not prove her philosophy flawed?


No, Rand Would Not Consider Armstrong Heroic
Tim Peck, Asheville
Asheville Citizen-Times comments | Jan 28, 2013


Notice the extreme brevity of this strawman argument. Any longer and the writer would have to provide actual arguments with facts and evidence. As he cannot manage this minimum requirement, all he is left with is a dishonest smear tactic which renders HIS philosophy flawed, not Rand’s.

Ayn Rand promoted a complete set of ethics that includes the virtue of honesty and the avoidance of denying the facts of reality.

Rand’s moral theory is fully explained in the book by Tara Smith “Ayn Rand’s Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist.”

A good place to go for anyone who would like to display the virtue of honesty and actually attempt to understand Rand’s conception of the heroic man can start with her novel “Atlas Shrugged.”

The best place to begin, however, would be Rand’s own explication of her moral theory in “The Objectivist Ethics,” which is available online.

If you’re still having trouble with her ideas and want to continue falsely comparing the insufficiently selfish Lance Armstrong to John Galt, you might like to join us at our monthly Asheville Objectivist meetings for some direct help. Our topic this month is Rand’s Ethical System.


No, Armstrong wouldn’t live up to Rand’s virtues
Fred Hoffstadt, Hendersonville
Asheville Citizen-Times | Jan. 31, 2013

On Jan. 29, a letter writer asked if Lance Armstrong exemplifies Ayn Rand’s heroic man. The answer is absolutely not. Rand was certainly a champion of achievement, but more than that she advocated a code of ethics that Armstrong violated in several ways. First, Armstrong was dishonest. Among Rand’s seven principle virtues is honesty which she defines as the refusal to fake reality. Armstrong violated the rules of the contest by using performance enhancing drugs then lied about it. Lying is nothing but one form of faking reality.

Another of Rand’s primary virtues is justice. Armstrong’s use of drugs was certainly unjust to other athletes who played by the rules.

So, in answer to the writer’s second question as to whether Armstrong proves Rand’s philosophy flawed, again, the answer is definitely not. Does the writer not know what Rand’s philosophy is or would he willing misrepresent it? If anyone would like to know what Rand’s philosophy really is, they can get a good start by checking, Western North Carolina Objectivists at or reading Atlas Shrugged. I invite the writer to contact us if he would like to learn more.