Ayn Rand, the far rightist who started the bizarre cult of Objectivism, was one of the most fanatical opponents of government programs like Medicare and Social Security which serve the needs of the middle class and the poor. On the other hand, she loved this nation's wildly bloated military industrial complex, which subsidizes the rich.
Yet, guess what the idol of the Randroids actually did. (Alternet 1/29/11)
Ayn Rand was not only a schlock novelist, she was also the progenitor of a sweeping “moral philosophy” that justifies the privilege of the wealthy and demonizes not only the slothful, undeserving poor but the lackluster middle-classes as well.
Her books provided wide-ranging parables of "parasites," "looters" and "moochers" using the levers of government to steal the fruits of her heroes' labor. In the real world, however, Rand herself received Social Security payments and Medicare benefits under the name of Ann O'Connor (her husband was Frank O'Connor).
Take that Randroids!
You may recall that corrupt and incompetent former Federal Reserve Board stooge Alan Greenspan was a disciple of the Randroid cult. This is one of the reasons he fought against reinstituting regulations that would have prevented the Crash of 2008. He also refused to intervene to gradually cool off the housing bubble on the same "free market" grounds. However, he had no problem with manipulating interest rates to benefit the wealthy and powerful.
Here are some anti Ayn Rand/Objectivism Websites and Articles:
What's Wrong with Ayn Rand? (About.com)
Atlas Wanked: From Fiction to Fraud in 52 Years (Crooks and Liars)
Definition of "Randroid" (Urban Dictionary)
The Anti Ayn Rand Society (Facebook)
Ayn Rand Sucks (Facebook)
Why Randroids Will Always Fail (in mala fide)
Why Ayn Rand Sucks... (newspoodle's posterous)
Objectivism Criticism (blog)
Ayn Rand isn't just renowned for being a narcisist. She is infamous for being an absolutely terrible writer. Here are some bad reviews of her notoriously terribleFountainhead.