Her psychopathic ideas made billionaires feel like victims and turned millions of followers into their doormats How Ayn Rand became the new right's version of Marx | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian How Ayn Rand became the new right's version of Marx Her psychopathic ideas made billionaires feel like victims and turned millions of followers into their doormats It has a fair claim to be the ugliest philosophy the postwar world has produced. Selfishness, it contends, is good, altruism evil, empathy and compassion are irrational and destructive. The poor deserve to die; the rich deserve unmediated power. she explained a philosophy she called Objectivism. This holds that the only moral course is pure self-interest. We owe nothing, she insists, to anyone, even to members of our own families. She described the poor and weak as "refuse" and "parasites", and excoriated anyone seeking to assist them. Apart from the police, the courts and the armed forces, there should be no role for government: no social security, no public health or education, no public infrastructure or transport, no fire service, no regulations, no income tax. This is what the 'young guns' of the right venerate.