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Ayn Rand


Ayn Rand (1905 – 1982) was a Russian-American philosopher, novelist, and advocate of a philosophical system known as Objectivism. Born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum in Russia, she later adopted the pen name Ayn Rand upon moving to the United States. Rand’s life and work are characterized by a strong emphasis on individualism, rational self-interest, and laissez-faire capitalism.

Rand’s most notable literary works include “The Fountainhead” (1943) and “Atlas Shrugged” (1957). These novels introduced readers to her philosophy and ideas, emphasizing the importance of reason, individualism, and the pursuit of one’s own happiness. Through complex characters and intricate plots, Rand conveyed her belief in the supremacy of human reason and the moral right to live one’s life according to one’s values.

Central to Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism was the idea that reality is objective and can be understood through reason, that individuals should pursue their own self-interest in a rational manner, and that productive achievement is a noble goal. She staunchly opposed collectivism and totalitarianism, advocating for limited government interference and individual rights.

Rand’s philosophy gained a significant following, particularly among those who championed free-market capitalism and individual liberty. Despite her popularity, her ideas also sparked controversy due to their uncompromising nature and sharp criticisms of altruism and collectivist ideologies.

Beyond her literary and philosophical contributions, Rand delivered lectures and wrote essays that further elucidated her views on ethics, politics, and aesthetics. She founded the Objectivist movement, which continues to influence political and philosophical discourse today.

Ayn Rand’s legacy is marked by her impact on contemporary discussions of individualism, capitalism, and the role of government in society. Her novels and ideas have inspired a diverse range of individuals, from artists to economists, and continue to provoke thought and debate on the nature of human existence, ethics, and the pursuit of a meaningful life.

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