Ayn viewed government as having three specific and limited tasks: (1) to defend the nation from foreign enemies, (2) to police the nation against crime, and (3) to enforce voluntary contracts between free parties. So it is not difficult to see why she is more popular today than ever before given the recent power grab by our federal government (e.g., the stimulus plan, bank bailout program, cap-and-trade, and obamacare).
Her most famous novels, Atlas Shrugged (which parodied FDR’s support for things like collective bargaining and wage and price controls during the Great Depression) and The Fountainhead, have reappeared on best seller lists and are selling at record levels. Plus, she is a cult hero at Tea Party rallies across the country – where countless people carry handmade signs asking: “Who is John Galt?” John Galt is NOT one of our 50 “Must Go” Congressmen. Instead, he is the character in Atlas Shrugged who personifies capitalist idealism.
In memory of Ayn Rand, please take a minute to visit the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI)), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Irvine, California, which works to introduce people to Ayn Rand’s novels, to support scholarship and research based on her ideas, and to promote the principles of reason, rational self-interest, individual rights and laissez-faire capitalism to the widest possible audience.