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Ayn Rand Benefited from Governnment Assistance

3:11 am - 01/29/2011
Ayn Rand took government assistance while decrying others who did the same

Mark Frauenfelder at 10:30 AM Friday, Jan 28, 2011

Noted speed freak, serial-killer fangirl, and Tea Party hero Ayn Rand was also a kleptoparasite, sneakily gobbling up taxpayer funds under an assumed name to pay for her medical treatments after she got lung cancer.


In 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.

Source: http://boingboing.net/2011/01/28/ayn-rand-took-govern.html
There are other sources but they all quote from this one. If someone can find a better article I will add it to the post, thank you.
OP note: Commentary isn't mine about describing Ayn Rand. Changed the title a little. I don't have access to the records, but I saw this making the rounds and I thought it was worthwhile to post here. Also I searched her in the tags and didn't see this posted, if it's a repost I'll gladly delete.
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ladypolitik 29th-Jan-2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
Add relevant tags, pls
ladypolitik 29th-Jan-2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
Add relevant tags, pls
lickety_split 29th-Jan-2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
suzermagoozer 29th-Jan-2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
doesn't that fucking figure?
popehippo 29th-Jan-2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat Ayn Rand is a lying slack-ass who wouldn't know real world ideals if it bit her on the nose?

jasonbeast 29th-Jan-2011 02:34 pm (UTC)

I know, right?
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cecilia_weasley 29th-Jan-2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah pretty much, I thought it was important that people know about this.
tekiclutch 29th-Jan-2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
Isn't this kind of obvious? Even if it wasn't specifically with medical care, she used roads and all manner of other crap that's subsidized by the government...
cecilia_weasley 29th-Jan-2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
So true, but I kind of think the same about nihilism, but I know I may be misunderstanding the philosophy. But not in her case.
tmlforsyth 29th-Jan-2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
I like her books and can see the appeal, but anyone who argues for such purity has her own issues. I also read that she took some medication back in her youth that may have had some bad side effects, which may have lead to some of her odd nature. Also some of her demands for purity and solidarity within her own circle show that she fled Stalin's Russia, but not all of it. I remember one guy in he circle was kicked out for falling asleep on the couch too often while she spoke.

I am a bit surprised she compromised as she so excoriated compromise, but I don't hold a high regard for humanity as a whole, and hypocrisy is part of being human.

I do believe she would take most of the Tea Partiers and beat them soundly. She would have excoriated their religious fundamentalism and their lack of any real plan. She only was involved in politics in the 1940 Presidential election where she campaigned for Wendell Wilkie, a liberal Republican and sacrificial lamb to throw at Franklin I.
filbypott 29th-Jan-2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
I'll say this for Rand, she was a fair bit more intelligent than the people waving her books around nowadays. Too bad she was so short on wisdom.
excusemesenator 29th-Jan-2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
Atlas is derping
hangonego 29th-Jan-2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
luomo 29th-Jan-2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
bmh4d0k3n 29th-Jan-2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
koalafrog 29th-Jan-2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
Typical. It's not "bad" unless it's not you doing it, right? Like all those anti choicers with their ~moral~ abortions.
filbypott 29th-Jan-2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
Rand was a master of "Do as I say, not as I do".
mahasin 29th-Jan-2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
luminescnece 29th-Jan-2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
The only moral assistance is the assistance I'm receiving. All you other guys, you have no reason to be on assistance! LAZY!
mercystars 29th-Jan-2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
"AYN RAND GOT MEDICARE" would make a nice protest sign.
lightbird777 29th-Jan-2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
I love this idea.
origamicage 29th-Jan-2011 05:28 pm (UTC)

My dad is this weird ass crazy anarchy/libertarian asshole.

He said it's not hypocritical because she was just taking back what's hers and ANYTHING that hurts the government is good. (by taking the goverments money?)

also he has said that EVERY SINGLE GODDAMN MURDER in recorded history is because of government.

what the fuck dad what the fuck
filbypott 29th-Jan-2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
He said it's not hypocritical because she was just taking back what's hers and ANYTHING that hurts the government is good. (by taking the goverments money?)

By that logic, anyone who receives government aid is doing good.

Or is it only good when ubermenschen like Ms. Rand do it, and not those filthy parasites at the bottom? :P
archanglrobriel 29th-Jan-2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
Of course she did. It's the same way with a lot of these "no government help" folks - they don't want anybody ELSE to get assistance, but when THEY have lung cancer....well then. That's ok. Necessary even. They're not like these OTHER slackers...
cecilia_weasley 29th-Jan-2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
I do agree that everyone should get help for lung cancer. Even if it's caused by long-time smoking. But I get what you're saying.
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