• • • Pondering the Ayn Rand factor
Bob Bestler, Sun News (Myrtle Beach, SC) Alan Greenspan |Atlas Shrugged |The Fountainhead |Egoism | “Atlas Shrugged” offered a utopian world inhabited by an elite corps of men and women would could go about their business without the stultifying interference of government. That world had no place for collectivism or entitlements or welfare, all of them anathema to Ayn Rand. I’ve always understood what rational self-interest meant for an Edison or Ford, a Stephen Jobs or a Bill Gates, even a Sam Walton or, yes, a Barack Obama -- all extraordinary individuals who would succeed in any era, under any circumstances. But I never understood where her philosophy left the rest of us, we ordinary humans just trying to get from one day to the next. I don’t think Rand’s world held much room for us.