Ayn Rand’s objectivist philosophy has two separate and distinct followings. One inspires cultish devotion and the other incites accusations that she was a selfish person who cared only about money. It is certain that her ideas, even if one considers them radical, are seminally potent. For those who remain skeptical and critical they ought to remember that trade is voluntary and non-violent but taxation is violent — taxes will be collected at the point of a gun if need be. For those who believe it’s a good idea to spread the wealth around Thomas Sowell says they are coming in at the middle of the conversation. The beginning is to ask where the wealth came from, and if is to be confiscated why does anyone think it will keep coming?
Andrew Klavan and Bill Whittle have some thoughts: