Cathy Young explaining Ayn Rand.
"One major misconception is that Rand worshipped the rich and saw moneymaking as life’s highest goal. In fact, most wealthy characters in her novels are pathetic, repulsive, or both: businessmen fattened on shady deals or government perks, society people who fill their empty lives with luxury."
"To Rand, being “selfish” meant being true to oneself, neither sacrificing one’s own desires nor trampling on others."
"she is right that the knee-jerk habit of treating altruistic goals as noble has aided evil—for instance, blinding well-meaning Westerners to communism’s monstrosity."