I have been reading the books of Ayn Rand lately. I started with Anthem and then read The Fountainhead. I recently completed Atlas Shrugged and then read We The Living. I am currently reading her book, Capitalism The Unknown Ideal.
I find much in Rand’s philosophy that I agree with. Her philosophy is called “Objectivism,” and I generally distrust philosophical movements, as they can take on the attributes of a religion and become dogmatic. However, I think Ayn Rand’s philosophy is rational and reasonable. I will probably read all of her books. I may as well, I’ve already gone through most of them.
What did Ayn Rand believe? In a word (well two words) Laissez-Faire capitalism. Having escaped from communist Russia, she knew first hand the evils of collectivism and statism. Socialism is a disaster, both to the economic health of any society and to the freedoms of the individual. Rand considered businessmen the unsung heroes of American life. She was right.