Glad to hear that Ayn Rand stayed true to her principles:
Her books provided wide-ranging parables of "parasites," "looters" and "moochers" using the levers of government to steal the fruits of her heroes' labor. In the real world, however, Rand herself received Social Security payments and Medicare benefits under the name of Ann O'Connor (her husband was Frank O'Connor). (HT: Yves Smith)
A small disclaimer is in order: I hate Ayn Rand’s writing and general philosophy. I read Anthem, which I thought was decent enough on its own, though I didn’t particularly care for the style of writing. I tried to read The Fountainhead, but it was just so boring and long-winded that I gave up on it after the first chapter.
I know all libertarians are supposed to gush over her writing and talk about how important it was to their intellectual development. I can’t do it. Her writing is bland and boring, and intellectually insulting. Yes, it’s insulting to have such obvious metaphors throughout the book. I’m smart enough to figure this stuff out; I don’t need you to spell it out.
Plus, objectivism is nonsense. Sure, reality exists outside of sensory perception, but perceiving reality is inherently subjective. There is no way to make it objective. But I digress.
Anyway, I simply wanted to point out that Ayn Rand is a hypocrite who sold her principles for a few dollars. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it.