Ayn Rand’s 100th Birth Anniversary

One hundred years ago today, on February 2nd, 1905, Alissa Zinovievna Rosenbaum was born. The name might not sound familiar, but this was the name at birth of Ayn Rand, the famous author and proponent of the Objectivism theory.

I read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged at a relatively late age; I think I was in my late twenties at the time. I recall reading one of Rand’s books on a flight from Israel to Europe when one of the passengers turned and said to me: “I would not have expected a religious person to be reading Ayn Rand”. Seems like most people still view religious belief as being incompatible with belief in reason, individualism and self fulfillment, not realizing the two sets of beliefs need not necessarily be mutually exclusive.

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