Though Ayn Rand
wrote a number of fiction and non-fiction books, she is best known for two of her best-selling novels: The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.
current CEO of the Ayn Rand
Institute) is now flourishing.
First, given the fact that Rand wrote tens of thousands of pages worth of fiction and non-fiction material--spanning four novels; hundreds of essays, lectures, and newsletter pieces; and a plethora of journal and letter materials--the contributors to A Companion to Ayn Rand
have done an admirable job of essentializing and systematizing a vast amount of material.
(This is, of course, an oxymoron, since Ayn Rand
was a total unbeliever, condemning any form of religion, including the Jewish religion of her parents.) When I caught Ben-Amotz doing something which could be construed as beneficial to others, he went to great lengths in justifying it by proving that in the long run it was to his own ultimate advantage.
And of course the social safety net -- including the vital Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid systems -- and, mostly likely, any other social program that achieves the common good -- are, in Ayn Rand
's interpretation, opposed because they are "theft."
would have preferred watching the fluctuations of the stock market.
I (and many others my age) was enamored with Ayn Rand
's objectivist philosophy until I discovered Theodore Roszak.
understood that everything that is included in a novel affects that novel.
"Libertarianism: The Perversion of Liberty" in Ayn Rand
, The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought, Leonard Peikoff, ed.
NEVER DWELT ON HER RUSSIAN childhood, preferring to think of herself as wholly American.
This is a collection of previously unpublished interviews conducted by McConnell with people from all over the world who knew Ayn Rand
. Interviewees range from the famous (Mike Wallace, Patricia Neal) to the not so famous (Rand's dentist).
In college, I remember speaking to an English professor I admired and telling him that I liked Ayn Rand
. He told me Rand was for young people.