The Naval Academy’s Reading List for Life

November 15, 2012 | 4

What does it mean that so many faculty members at the United States Naval Academy have recommended Ayn Rand’s work on the “Reading List For Life?”

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  1. I only counted three I think. I actually found the lists to be surprisingly ecumenical. There were only a handful that were packed with military histories.

  2. I’m not surprised by the Randian representation within math/engineering. As an engineer myself, I tend to observe more Randians within my profession than in the general population. A desire for seeing the world in black and white and for logical actors, I guess.

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