A biographer sings Rand's praises—only she could have done better
Ayn Rand and the World She Made
by Anne C. Heller
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One of my high school summer jobs involved washing test tubes and pretending to be an apprentice research assistant in a biochemistry lab at a hospital in Manhattan. My coworkers, the actual researchers, had followed their boss, the senior scientist, from a midwestern university. All women, all blond, they seemed to share some arcane knowledge beyond the scientific and to be bound by some common thread beyond their professional and collegial connection.
One outward manifestation of this mysterious bond was that each wore a heavy ring engraved with a dollar sign. They patiently explained to me that this meant they were Objectivists, followers of Ayn Rand. I wasn't ever sure what this entailed, exactly, except that her philosophy advised people to keep whatever money they earned and posited that society would crumble
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