Ayn Rand is best known for her novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. The ideas behind them — her philosophy — have sunk so deeply into our political thought, most people don't even recognize them as her ideas anymore.
But Rand does have important admirers, like House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. Recently, House Speaker John Boehner channeled Rand when he said, "Job creators in America basically are on strike."
If it were up to Ayn Rand, there would still be Whites-Only lunch counters, all of Appalachian would be flattened for more Wal-Marts, and there would be a slave class - however, that would not longer be based on race but your ability or inability to play the system. There would be no Occupy Everywhere people - they'd be too busy working 24 hours a day in shitty conditions. Oh, and I imagine Jerry Sandusky would've caused no outrage this past week either.