Ayn Rand was once asked if she could present the basics of her philosophy, in short form, while standing on one foot. Here’s what she said:
Ayn Rand is America’s most controversial individualist. She was a bold woman who produced brilliant works fusing fiction and philosophy. Her best-selling novels, like Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, have sold millions of copies and continue to influence independent thinkers and celebrities the world over, from Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales to Angelina Jolie and Hugh Hefner. Rand cut a striking figure, with her long-stemmed cigarette holder and intense gaze. Known for her fearless denunciations of irrationalism, Rand issued blistering critiques of powerful leaders, from the Pope to President Nixon. She could not be pigeon-holed as “Right” or “Left,” although she was known for her scathing attacks on Communism and all forms of collectivism. She penned philosophical non-fiction works of such originality and power that she was credited by a small group of stunned intellectuals as having single-handedly solved an ancient philosophical puzzle. Yet the elite of her day refused to accept her as a legitimate philosopher. She derided them and their ideas; they returned the favor. The new philosophy which she founded through her books and essays is called...
Ayn Rand was a woman of truly remarkable achievement. She was a phenomenally successful novelist whose books have sold millions of copies and profoundly affected countless lives. Through her fiction and her later essays and articles, she founded a whole new philosophy—a philosophy for living on earth.
The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) has recently released a little-known monograph by Ayn Rand called "Textbook of Americanism."
In this April 4, 1968 radio commentary, Ayn Rand critiques the ideas and writings of Democratic Sens. Eugene McCarthy and Robert F. Kennedy. Both were seeking the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States. Ayn Rand discusses the threat of communism and the solution: "clear policy and a consistent philosophy including a morality that opposes evil of that kind firmly, fearlessly and self-righteously." She also expresses her pride in being an American.