Ayn (pronounced “ein” or “eye-in”) Rand is the author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged (and a few more works of fiction and philosophy), most favorite books ever, for millions of readers. I recently read a biography of hers, by Anne C. Heller.
I was new to Rand, have never read any of her works. But heard a lot though, mostly from devout fans of the aforementioned two books.
But, millions love to hate her too, that’s the irony of Ayn Rand. Why? The answer is Objectivism, the branch of philosophy she developed. It’s extremely individualistic: a man should pursue his individual interests, no matter what; one should not care about others, do not bother about philanthropy, and so on. Those who are powerful and better than others can, will, and should dominate the others. Morality and ethics was strictly woven around personal choices. She is pretty infamous for calling the Native Americans “savages” and justified violence against them. Her works are said to be filled with this propaganda. The Individualist Manifesto, the thirty-three-page essay presents her moral philosophy. Continue reading Book: Ayn Rand and the world she made