2. THE TWO SENSES OF SELF
3. THE CASE AGAINST EGOISM
4. A SHOT IN THE ARM, OR THE MEANING OF EMPATHY
5. MAKING PEACE WITH THE COLLECTIVE SELF
Ayn Rand died in 1982, but her influence never stopped growing. Her ideas are probably more highly regarded today than ever before. Still, she remains a highly divisive figure, and her advocates and believers often face ridicule and condescension when they bring up her name.
There’s a stigma to the name “Ayn Rand”. Her enthusiastic fan base is derided as a cult, literary critics cringe at her bestselling novels, and academic philosophers pretend she doesn’t exist. Even so, she has an impressive set of fans and followers, from Wikileaks inventor Jimmy Wales to Rush drummer/lyricist Neil Peart to Republican Congressman Paul Ryan to psychologist Nathaniel Branden, and countless more. (The fact that former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, who happily encouraged the go-go economy that crashed badly in 2008, was her enthusiastic fan and friend is not necessarily to her credit today).