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An Indian thinks of himself as Howard Roark

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He’s always quoted lines from Ayn Rand’s Fountain Head and has considered himself to be a victim of the society much like Rand’s protagonist Howard Roark.

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He’s always quoted lines from Ayn Rand’s Fountain Head and has considered himself to be a victim of the society much like Rand’s protagonist Howard Roark.

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I wouldn't call him a Howard Roark. Howard Roark didn't complain about being a victim. Complaining about being a victim is not in Roark's personality.

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I don't think he said that he thinks of himself as Howard Roark, only -- by implication -- that he admires the character and that he quotes the Fountainhead. It's not clear what he means by being a "victim of society": he said that he is and that Howard Roark was in the same way, but not that Howard Roark identified himself that way. It's possible to in fact be a victim without thinking of yourself that way as if it were a defining characteristic of what you are.

He clearly highly values the Fountainhead and what he thinks of as independent thought and these things are all to his credit as far as they go, but it's hard to know what he's really like without a lot more information.

His argument for not refusing to hire a former criminal who has completed her sentence is proper, but he leaves a lot out -- like how does he know what the character of the person is now -- and he relies too much on what a judge said in a trial as an authority surpassing the necessity of all other personal judgment. Disagreeing with a judge, if you have reason to so, is not "contempt of court" and neither is rejecting confusing a judge's past sentencing with current character evaluation.

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