I am actually speaking at a conference put together by an Objectivist organization tomorrow so I have Ayn Rand on the brain. (Rand’s philosophy is called Objectivism.)
Now I am not really an Ayn Rand guy. Ms. Rand once referred to libertarians (with whom I identify) as “right wing hippies.” And she didn’t mean it as a compliment.
Even still her thinking and writing are absolutely vital to the libertarian canon. She is also the most important and most influential female thinker of the 20th Century.