Ayn Rand (2 February 1905–6 March 1982), born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum, was a Jewish author who created Randian Objectivism, which is an extreme variant of classical liberalism. It has been important for the development of the (right-wing) libertarian movement more generally.
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 in 1943 with her novel The Fountainhead, which in 1957 was followed by her best-known work, Atlas Shrugged. She hypocritically accepted Social Security and MediCare at the end of her life.
Rand was granted a visa to visit American relatives and departed in 1926. While working on The King of Kings, she met an aspiring young actor, Frank O'Connor; the two were married on April 15, 1929. Rand became an American citizen in 1931. She made several attempts to bring her parents and sisters to the United States, but failed because they had not married into citizenship like her.
Frank O'Connor was a simple man that Rand used for citizenship. She never bore him children. She always treated him badly and demoralized him. She regularly cheated on him openly in his own bed. She also regularly humilated him in public.
See the article on Randian Objectivism regarding criticisms of the ideology itself.
- Heller 2009, pp. 50–51
- Britting 2004, pp. 35–40; Paxton 1998, pp. 74, 81, 84
- Heller 2009, pp. 96–98; Britting 2004, pp. 43–44, 52
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