Just read the the Think Progress thread on Ayn Rand. You know what the Ayn Rand followers and The Count have in common? Neither of us has ever read her books. Nor will we ever and for that reason alone I won't comment on her books. I will comment on her idiot followers however. Some of her modern day Acolytes have claimed to have read her books but it's tough to believe many conservatives when they make such claims. They have a habit of claiming a great love for one book while showing their love by quoting from another. Kind of like the James Bond fan whose favorite Fleming novel is From Russia With Love and his favorite scene is when Odd Job eats the cat.
I do know most people who are followers take what their leaders believe or have said they believe and turn it in to something completely different than what was said or intended. Was Rand a shrewish shedevil? Possibly. Maybe even probably but if she wasn't her followers sure have turned her into one and of course that's the way they like her. Evil needs evil to look up to. If Rand wasn't entirely evil they needed to make her so to be the perfect hero for their movement which very much is.
We do know Rand hated Christianity (until she was old and losing her faculties) Of course that last part could have been made up by Jebus loving Teabaggers who needed to invent such a story so they wouldn't have to live with their conscience over idolizing such a person. Although the Bible, another book many cons claim to read but don't says to make no man an idol. For those of you looking to worm your way out on on a technicality by no man and Rand is a woman man means mankind. Most of you know this but some of you may not. Of course if you ask a Teabagger to chose between Rand and Jebus they'll take Rand every time with out question. Jebus after all didn't care about taxes and drove the Teabaggers from the temple.
Then of course there is the little issue of Rand's supposed hatred of the welfare state (well we do have her own words on this) and the fact that she collected social security and medicare. Big deal. Congressman Paul Ryan, who would fuck Rand's corpse if he could, collected social security until he was 18 because of the death of his father. Today he gets government ran health care. But he wants to abolish social security and medicare. Does the fact that Ryan is a hypocritical douche-bag who claims to have required his intellectual douchebaggery from following Ayn Rand speak to the evilness of Ayn Rand or the evilness of Paul Ryan? Is Paul Ryan just some idiot who was told something Rand said and what it was Rand meant and believed it with out bothering to actually read or research what was said or what was meant? I tend to believe both.
I say none of this to excuse Ayn Rand. Again I am not familiar with her work and am as familiar with it as I ever will be. She very well might have been a God awful evil shrew of a woman who had no redeeming qualities what-so-ever even still I suspect if she saw her followers today and the teabag movement she helped create I suspect that even she might shake her head and ask WTF?