Ayn Rand birthday is a time to reflect on the havoc she caused
It's the 109th anniversary since the birth of a crackpot cult leader named Ayn Rand.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, she wrote novels in America that influenced generations of neoconservatives.
"If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject," she claimed.
In books such as The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, she promulgated a philosophy that she called "objectivism", but which looked to others like selfishness.
Among her acolytes are former U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, who's carried some of the blame for the 2008 global financial meltdown.
Another is Paul Ryan, a powerful Wisconsin Republican who chairs the congressional budget committee.
“To say ‘I love you’ one must first know how to say the ‘I.’," Rand once declared. "The meaning of the ‘I’ is an independent, self-sufficient entity that does not exist for the sake of any other person. A person who exists only for the sake of his loved one is not an independent entity, but a spiritual parasite. The love of a parasite is worth nothing.”