Ayn Rand took government assistance while decrying others who did the same

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Note: supporters will point out that she could justify this by arguing that she was merely recuperating taxes paid. However, this would mean that every taxpayer who accepted government assistance would have the same justification, which would undermine Rand's moral egoism and criticism of government dependents.


Ayn Rand took government assistance while decrying others who did the same
Mark Frauenfelder at 10:30 AM Friday, Jan 28, 2011

Noted speed freak, serial-killer fangirl, and Tea Party hero Ayn Rand was also a kleptoparasite, sneakily gobbling up taxpayer funds under an assumed name [note: it might have been her legal name] to pay for her medical treatments after she got lung cancer.

An interview with Evva Pryror, a social worker and consultant to Miss Rand's law firm of Ernst, Cane, Gitlin and Winick verified that on Miss Rand's behalf she secured Rand's Social Security and Medicare payments which Ayn received under the name of Ann O'Connor (husband Frank O'Connor).

As Pryor said, "Doctors cost a lot more money than books earn and she could be totally wiped out" without the aid of these two government programs. Ayn took the bail out even though Ayn "despised government interference and felt that people should and could live independently... She didn't feel that an individual should take help."

But alas she did and said it was wrong for everyone else to do so.

Ayn :thumbsdown:

If she made arguments that weren't intrinsically intertwined with her own character, she could have added some more useful stuff to political fiction and even political science.


Rose Wilder Lane, on the other hand, conspired with her handyman to avoid SS altogether. Ayn ripped her off, anyway.