It’s simple; Ayn Rand is a sociopath. Rand is on record as having idolized the maverick nature of an exceedingly perverse serial-killer. A man who savagely kidnapped, murdered and dismembered a 12 year old girl and led her father to believe that she was still alive so he could collect a ransom. He resolved to maintain this rouse as he met her father for the exchange. He tied her severed torso and head to the passenger seat of his car and sewed her eyes wide open with wire. After he was paid he tossed her mutilated corpse at her father’s feet and drove away laughing.[i] He is a truly grotesque role model. Yet Ayn Rand praised the murderer as “the amazing picture of a man with no regard whatsoever for all that a society holds sacred…A man who really stands alone…Other people do not exist for him, and he does not see why they should.”[ii]
It should come as no surprise then that her philosophy codifies a repulsive and radical individualism that praises greed, disdains empathy and encourages individuals to viciously appropriate for themselves every ounce of wealth they can muster. On the other hand, it should come as a surprise that seemingly intelligent human beings fervently obey the doctrines of this remorseless lunatic.