A writer of much inconsistency
"The necessary consequence of man's right to life is his right to self-defense. In a civilized society, force may be used only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use. _All the reasons which make the initiation of force an evil_, make the retaliatory use of physical force a moral imperative."---Ayn Rand, Virtue of Selfishness (emphasis mine)

"Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism"---Ayn Rand, Virtue of Selfishness

"Any white person who brought the element of civilization had the right to take over this continent"---Ayn Rand, 1974 West Point lecture
by Pwush February 18, 2005
Most noted for her novel Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand was an extremely, extremely hot writer and philosopher who advocated reason, egoism, and capitalism, allegedly on the grounds that existence exists.
Ayn Rand has been admired by many, but laughed at by still more
by Kathryn January 23, 2005
Ayn Rand, a philosopher who holds that ideals can be objective, that 'rational self interest' is to never cause conflicts in interest and that all collectivism is wrong despite her advocating cooperative mutualism. Claims that Capitalism is voluntary, mutual and non-coercive and that somehow Capitalism will still be allowed to stand when government is kept to a minimum. Objectivism is an ultra-individualistic, uniform, sexist, ultra-right wing-dystopian philosophy which causes many struggles inside its members. Holds that despite being social beings, humans can achieve happiness by being purely egocentric.
Ayn Rand taught me that money is God
by lifelifelife September 15, 2007
Mid-20th century Pop-philosopher who first propounded objectivism in a set of rather poorly written cult novels. Her philosophy is founded on unremarkable restatements of the obvious, prizing material achievement, self-centered pride, and unfettered commerce as virtues over love, humility, generosity, and faithfulness. Followers of objectivism, called randroids, tend to be a rude, selfish, condescending bunch, intolerant of anything that does not perfectly match their ultra-naturalist, laissez-faire dogmatism.
"A=A, oh, how A=A," the randroid muttered again and again, softly, obsessively, as he cut out heart-shaped pictures of Ayn Rand from a magazine for his objectivist collage showing her to be the pinnacle of human evolution.
by benign0 March 1, 2005
20th century Russian/American writer and philosopher. Founder of the philosophy of objectivism, which allows man to function freely on the conclusions of his own capacity for reason, and for his own benefit. Reality exists independant of man's wishes and one must use his mind to discover reality and act accordingly for his survival. Objectivism is Rejecting of altruism, and collectivism. Aims at a free market, laissez-faire capitalist politics, rejects religious and unsubstantiated claims of ultimate reality based on supernatural and non-scientific arguement .In essence it is a fully functioning right wing philsophy, unfettered with current american religious dogma. It is uncontradictory (except for causality vs. free will, and has been challenged by behaviorists, such as B.F. Skinner, who believe man has no free will due to the fact that AisA. The philosophy is outlined in several novels and essays, such as atlas shrugged, the virtue of selfishness, anthem, philosophy who needs it?, the fountainhead..etc.
Have you read Anthem by Ayn Rand?
by Jon Simard August 21, 2005
The greatest philosopher of all time. Contrary to popular belief, Ayn Rand does have a handle on absolute truth.
Oh yeah, and she's not racist either. Or self-contradicitory.
by A equals A April 13, 2005