Ayn Rand was born in Russia in 1905 she immigrated to the US in 1925. she struggled in the beginning as a writer but built herself up to be the famous writer of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. Her work contains strong themes about taking what you deserve, rugged individualism and the pride you feel from conquering the weak. Here work developed into the philosophy Objectivism a belief in putting yourself before others.

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Her work is followed by libertarians, strong Conservatives, and everyday run of the mill assholes. Before we get to her later life lets take a look at some Ayn Rand quotes.

“My views on charity are very simple. I do not consider it a major virtue and, above all, I do not consider it a moral duty.”

“The proper method of judging when or whether one should help another person is by reference to one’s own rational self-interest and one’s own hierarchy of values: the time, money or effort one gives or the risk one takes should be proportionate to the value of the person in relation to one’s own happiness.”

“Poverty is not a mortgage on the labor of others—misfortune is not a mortgage on achievement—failure is not a mortgage on success—suffering is not a claim check, and its relief is not the goal of existence—man is not a sacrificial animal on anyone’s altar nor for anyone’s cause—life is not one huge hospital.”

You get the idea Ayn Rand thought that rich and powerful people were above the suffering less fortunate who leached off the successes of others.  Ayn Rand believed that cigarettes were good for you and she rejected reports that smoking caused cancer.

Ayn Rand on The State

In 1976 Ayn Rand retired with an estate worth over $500,000 ( about 1.5 million dollars by today’s standards). While she had spent her life condemning people for using welfare and social security she enrolled and collected from the government for over 6 years despite not needing the money.