By Tierra Negra, Courier Special Correspondent
I first heard of Ayn Rand in the mid nineties when I read “The Fountainhead” and, “Atlas Shrugged” came along after I looked for more of her material. I found “The Romantic Manifesto” five years later when I decided to take Catholicism out of the picture. I was in dire need of counteracting the negative effects of an upbringing immersed in altruism and it proved very helpful explaining nothing else but virtues of egotism.
The ideas from the last book worked wonders rebuilding my self-esteem until I became aware of her private love life and how Alan Greenspan, one of her original adepts, aided effectively to hand out the country to corporations while blindly pursuing Rand’s ideals on Capitalism. Although he faithfully preached the benevolence of a “free market” system, how was it possible for him to err so badly as to bestow this freedom in a way that could only manage to produce evil?