There Is an Ayn Rand Dating Site

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So, want to get a drink sometime?
​Some people are really, really into Ayn Rand. You've seen them. There are hordes of self-described Objectivists, hacking their way through Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead on the subway. Now those people have the Atlasphere, a dating website just for them.

Disclaimer: I've never read any Ayn Rand. I was given Atlas Shrugged as a present once and it's been sitting on my bedside table intimidating me with its thickness ever since. My ignorance of it aside, Rand's "Objectivism," a philosophy of "rational self-interest," has been enormously influential. From what I understand, it has something to do with being an asshole.

Anyway, now the Atlasphere is here to help Objectivists to meet and fall in love (it's not just a dating site, but that's a large component of it). The question is, if your personal philosophy mandates that you be selfish, how do you date?

Time asked Atlasphere's founder about that. He said, "Ayn Rand has a great quote in The Fountainhead. She writes that a person cannot say 'I love you' without first being able to say the I." What about "Love you," muttered almost inaudibly as you get off the phone? That counts too, right.

So, Ayn Rand fans, go get 'em. Don't forget to go see the Atlas Shrugged movie -- it's in theaters now. Perfect date for you guys! Pick up an Architect Barbie while you're at it.

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[Time]

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Mature Dating
Mature Dating

A person can consider about initiating a mature dating relationship for a number of different purposes. He can opt for a serious or romantic relationship to complement his social lifestyle.

ASM826
ASM826

I thought everyone was supposed to be accepting of differences and free choices. Now you decide it's okay to ridicule people because they want to find compatible people to date?

All of us are selfish, but not all of us are honest with ourselves about it.

LLlll
LLlll

Asm826: As far as I know, it's perfectly legal to criticize and (yes) ridicule those whose basic philosophy is responsible for the economic mess we now see. Freedom of speech/thought dies not mean freedom from criticism, satire or ridicule. If there were dating sites devoted to white supremacists who saw nothing wrong with segregation, they would be ridiculed as well.

Mark Cabian
Mark Cabian

Is it also okay to ridicule someone that honestly thinks Randian philosophy has caused the "economic mess we now see"? If so, please tell us your preferred dating site and I will ridicule you, and your choice of fellow fiscal/economic ignorami.

hudsonfaber
hudsonfaber

I am a member of Ayn Rand Dating site,which ought to exist in this world.For example,some herpes carriers go to date at "herpesmingle",a large std dating site!.So AynRand Fans go to there Ayn Rand datin site.

Gleannfia
Gleannfia

Are Randian devotees, especially those from the Religious Right, aware that their patron saint was an atheist who had an open marraige (not sure why she bothered to get married in the first place) who wrote about wanton sexuality?

Tracy Santos
Tracy Santos

I'd be so surprised to find religious right Rand devotees.

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