Libertarian History/Philosophy

Reason Writers Around Town: Shikha Dalmia on Ayn Rand at Forbes

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In her latest Forbes column, Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia takes a look at Ayn Rand's legacy. People read Rand when they are young and are deeply moved, Dalmia notes, only to outgrow her by mid-life. This has profound and unfortunate political consequences, Dalmia writes, because it becomes "difficult to build a strong and growing anti-government movement based solely on Rand's philosophy, when the older cohort of her followers is falling off on a regular basis."

But why is it that Rand's appeal wears out? Is it because most readers are irrational and weak, as Rand's followers believe? Or is there something missing in Rand's message?

Read the whole column here to find out.