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Ayn Rand (IPA: /ˈaɪn ˈrænd/, February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1905 – March 6, 1982), was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her best-selling novels and for developing a philosophical system called Objectivism. Born and educated in Russia, Rand emigrated to the United States in 1926. She worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood and had a play produced on Broadway in 1935-1936. She first achieved fame with The Fountainhead (1943), and her best-known work – the philosophical novel Atlas Shrugged – was published in 1957.

Rand's political views, reflected in both her fiction and her theoretical work, emphasize individualism, laissez-faire capitalism, and the constitutional protection of the right to life, liberty, and property. She was a fierce opponent of all forms of collectivism and statism, including fascism, communism, and the welfare state. She was also an atheist, and promoted ethical egoism ("rational self-interest") as energetically as she condemned altruism ("moral cannibalism").

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review by . September 25, 2009
Almost everyone knows Ayn Rand because she's the author of books like The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.  Over the years she has become more well known for creating and pushing the philosophy of Objectivism.  Nearly thirty years after her death Objectivism is still strong.  There are times when it seems cult like.  And while Objectivism is certainly worth looking into, it's often inhibited by the fact that Ayn Rand often made controversial statements that were a little, uh, …
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
It's amazing how a reasonably good idea could be twisted into a philosophy of unreasoning cold-bloodedness. Rand's overreaction to Russian socialism is so opposite in the spectrum that she creates her own fascism with it. Read her if you must; don't believe a word of it.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
She was boring in my philosophy class
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