Rand-bashing (Ayn Rand, not Rand Paul) has been fashionable for a few years now. I have my disagreements with her, but her exhortations to live in accordance with your beliefs, to not demand the labor of another for your benefit, and to live heroically, are things that make a lot of sense to me. I endeavor to live like an Ayn Rand hero, but with some major differences such as respect for the Earth that Rand's protagonists lack. It just wasn't something of which she was aware, apparently.

I believe part of the problem is that some investment bankers and other parasites might put themselves up on an Ayn Rand pedestal, and socialist-minded people inexplicably believe them. Rand, having escaped the Soviet Union, would reject any such association, calling the banksters the "looters" that they are.

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