Ayn Rand was an interesting person – an author, playwright, social commentator, and some would say malcontent.
I think having been born and educated in Russia under Tzarists rule and the turmoil of the Bolshevik revolution led by Vladimir Lenin and inspired by the works of Karl Marx that led to the formation of the Soviet Union greatly influenced her perception of government, and she spent her life as something of a miner’s canary after immigrating to the U.S. in 1926.
Rand regardless of all that may be said about or against her was a fierce advocate of the individual, she flat out did not trust government and wouldn’t hesitate to say so.
Among the books she authored were The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, sharing common themes dear to Rand dealing with what she perceived to be personal integrity, oppression, and the individual.
Atlas Shrugged was her seminal work that ranks alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Rand’s Anthem.
Rand was virulently anti communist as I suspect only a person who has lived under communist rule could be, the following quotes that I believe to be both timely and salient illustrate Rand’s core philosophy and are food for thought and difficult to argue against.
I disagree with several of the positions Rand took during her life and would argue the point, but I cannot disagree with the entirety of everything she wrote or said.
“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.
The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.”