“You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.”
Ayn Rand (1905-1982) from the GHS Guidance Newsletter
Born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Rand moved to the United States in 1926 with the intention of becoming a screenwriter. After two unsuccessful novels and a largely unnoticed play, she wrote The Fountainhead, published in 1943, which established her fame as a writer and was later made into a popular movie. Her magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, published in 1957, expanded on her rationalist, anti-romantic themes, which she labeled Objectivism. This book essentially ended her career as a novelist, as she became more and more influential in Republican and conservative political circles for her libertarian philosophies, which rejected altruism and promoted laissez-faire capitalism. She continued to lead the Objectivist movement until her death due to complications of heavy smoking and decades of amphetamine use.