From the Mises Institute
Today marks the centenary of Ayn Rand’s birth. Born Alisa Rosenbaum in St. Petersburg, Russia, on February 2nd, 1905, Rand would go on to become one of the 20th century’s foremost voices for human freedom.
Rand was clearly one of the great thinkers about the big picture of liberty, a staunch anticommunist, at times a good Republican. She was also a complex women with some rather bizarre ideas who enforced an orthodoxy of thought on her followers in a cult of personality worthy of Stalin or Mao. Probably her greatest contribution was in having the will to remind us that right is right not because of results but because of fundamentals. She had the guts to say that greed is a good thing because it is productive for the individual not a thing to simply to be tolerated because it is productive for the community.
February is going to be Ayn Rand month around here, as my daughter, who doesn’t read blogs yet but resolved to read 200 books this year, is getting copies of Anthem and We the Living for her birthday on the 14th. Which is the best tribute I can think to pay.