Ayn Rand, heroine of the Tea Party set for her writings on rugged individualism, personal responsibility, and her fierce belief in self-reliance over government aid programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, was, as it turns out, a bit of a “welfare queen” too.
… it was revealed in the recent “Oral History of Ayn Rand” by Scott McConnell (founder of the media department at the Ayn Rand Institute) that in the end Ayn was a vip-dipper [Venerated in Public, Disdained in Private] as well. 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. Apart from the strong implication that those who take the help are morally weak, it is also a philosophic point that such help dulls the will to work, to save and government assistance is said to dull the entrepreneurial spirit.
In the end, Miss Rand was a hypocrite but she could never be faulted for failing to act in her own self-interest.
I’ve always found it curious how teabaggers could embrace Rand so fully for her belief in laissez faire self-interests while simultaneously ignoring the fact that she was an atheist who saw religious faith as “extremely detrimental to human life” and “the negation of reason.” That’s always struck me as problematic for conservatives. But now we find that the part of Rand’s philosophy the right did adopt, Rand herself did not have the conviction to practice in her own life.
All hat and no cattle. Typical Republican.