Ayn Rand

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Ayn Rand

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

Frank O'Connor was a simple man that Rand used for citizenship. She never bore him children.[4] She always treated him badly and demoralized him. She regularly cheated on him openly in his own bed.[5] She also regularly humilated him in public.[6]


Rand has been criticized for, despite opposing (White) nationalism, being a strong supporter of Israel and Jewish interests.[7]

See the article on Randian Objectivism regarding criticisms of the ideology itself.