New Revelations About Ayn Rand Suggest She Probably Died of IronyPosted on by Jeremy Clymer (jclymer)
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It was recently reported in The Huffington Post that Ayn Rand accepted Social Security and Medicare payments toward the end of her life. This raises new questions about Rand and her libertarian ideals, which have inspired a whole movement of people who believe the government has cooties and should be avoided at all cost. Did she actually believe in her own philosophy or was she a prototypical Glenn Beck, saying whatever she thought would get her the most attention? Or was this government assistance forced upon her by some shadowy cabal of collectivist conspirators in order to discredit her?
Here lies Ayn Rand's dignity.
A lifetime of smoking and amphetamine addiction would cause anyone a good deal of health problems, so it's no real surprise that Rand was in need of such assistance. It probably comes as a shock to many of her followers, though, that she took it. She certainly did not broadcast the fact that she was taking part in the very system she railed against so frequently and vehemently. That would be like Karl Marx gloating about all the royalties he was making from writing Das Kapital. Everyone needs ideals to believe in, even if they only believe in them in theory and not in practice.