Friday, January 28, 2011

Ayn Rand, parasite?

Via E.D. Kain at Balloon Juice, far-right heroine Ayn Rand is claimed to have collected Social Security and Medicare payments.
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.
The only Ayn Rand I ever read was Anthem in the ninth grade, and even back then, I thought it was heavy-handed, reactionary crap.  If this is story is true, I don't begrudge Rand from collecting these payments, but I do begrudge her ranting against everybody else who collected them as well.  I wonder how Rand felt to be numbered among the "parasites" she built her career denouncing.

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