One of Rand’s philosophical achievements was to distinguish between cheating and stealing--often labeled as “selfish” behavior--and rational, ethical self-interest. And the commenter here also highlights the justice of being allowed to keep what you earn.
In other words, America’s “greatness” is not found in some national or “higher” good or in paternalist state policies. Rather, the country is “great” because it has a system of government and supporting culture that recognizes the rights of everyone to live their lives as they see fit, to pursue their own dreams and achieve their full potential.
Rand’s philosophy is about each of us being happy!
Tyranny is not only in the past. Today’s world is like something right out of Atlas Shrugged!
Here the cliché “It’s all about the children” actually has some import. For good parents, children are a priority. And yes, wouldn’t it be great if Rand’s works were in every educational curriculum? You bet!