failures art wrote:
I don't see the hypocrisy. Where has Rand done anything that conflicts with her philosophy?
First, about accepting Medicare. Ayn Rand had always paid into the Social Security system because the Social Security Administration had forced her to---wrongfully, according to her philosophy. To Rand, this made the SSA a bunch of thieves. So when Rand accepted Medicare on contracting throat cancer, she merely accepted some of the loot back. What do you
do when thieves give back some of the money they stole from you? Would it make you
a hypocrite for accepting it back? I see nothing improper there.
Moving on to the second allegedly-improper thing: Was it improper that Ayn Rand got the benefits under the name "Ann O'Connor"? I don't know, and it appears that your article's author doesn't know either. He's all insinuations and no information on this point.
Here's what I do know: Rand was born in Russia as Alisa Rosenbaum. While still in Russia, she adopted "Ayn Rand" as her pseudonym to publish under. (Nothing inappropriate here---this is fairly common among novelists and screenwriters.) After arriving in America, she married Mr. O'Connor. This wouldn't change her pseudonym, but would change her "civilian" surname to "O'Connor". That name would have been on her Social Security card.
A few years later, Rand acquired the American citizenship. At this point, she could have easily changed her first name from "Alisa" to "Ann", in a gesture of Americanization that is common among new immigrants. Given your article's thin facts-to-opinion ratio, I'm unwilling to accept at face value its author's insinuations that the name "Ann O'Connor" involved some kind of foul play.