“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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From its origins in the First World War, air combat had retained the characteristics of the joust. In The Right StuffTom Wolfe describes how the space race was a return to single-combat joust of past times. 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.

It was, in fact, the latter which came about as a result of free-market calculus. 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. It was, after all, a massive expenditure by government which never would have been undertaken by the free-marketplace.

Novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand, I understand what Dionysus has to do with woodstock, but what does Apollo—. 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, not to mention: Inanother famous rock festival was held, on the Isle of Wightjust off southern England.


There is little possibility that being blasted into space will not be prohibitively expensive for all but the super-rich. 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.

But to hold them with total consistency—to understand, to define, to prove and to apply them—requires volumes of thought. She delivered this talk later that year at the annual Ford Hall Forum. Never the less she makes interesting food for thought Want to add to the discussion?

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.

He must exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself. Please enter your Comment. This lecture, delivered by Ayn Rand at the Ford Hall Forum dionysudconcretizes the issue of reason vs. There is no there, there, but we got there Apollo and Dionysus, a talk by Ayn Rand.

Apollo and Dionysus

Log in or sign up in seconds. It is certainly not economical. Why are we on the mud? Comments will be moderated. Thus, the Dionysian Woodstock makes about as much commercial sense as the Apollo programme. The Woodstock festival, Rand writes, was the apotheosis of the spirit of Dionysus, the god of wine and love.

This last is the predominant philosophical position today, particularly in the field of politics. Enter a search keyword Search.

It is simply a continuation of the multibillion-dollar science-project that was the Apollo programme. The ideal political-economic system is laissez-faire capitalism. I did as follows:. Monday, August 3, What they would do with it, no one was certain. It is very capital- and labour-intensive, while its commercial applications, at least in the first years, were limited.

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Apollo and Dionysus

As do you, sir. It does, however, have to be without charge. Most of these did not possess a ticket for the festival, and upon arrival, simply kicked down dionyaus walked over the flimsy fences erected to keep gatecrashers out. Newer Post Older Post Home. Rsnd the nuclear age, when it became impossible to use the most potent weapons for strategic purposes, cold warriors instead opted to put forward their most daring and elite warriors, blasting them in capsules to progressively greater orbits with each flight.

Ultimately, of course, recordings and a documentary made of the festival turned the Woodstock festival into a multimillion dollar enterprise. Its purpose is to teach people to lead happy, successful lives full of self-esteem through rational thinking, goal setting, and productive achievement. Sputnik was as much a surprise to president Eisenhower as to Mrs. Ayn Rand – India blog.

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Email should not be blank Enter a valid Email Address. If you are new to Ayn Rand read this and an introduction to ideas. How sustainable such a market would be is uncertain. Glennie June 5, at Save the Tiger Initiative. It, too, was a commercial enterprise that failed.