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Why do you think Ayn Rand has had such resonance with U.S. society, particularly its policy makers and members of the clergy? Please explain your answer.

“Ayn Rand's 'philosophy' is nearly perfect in its immorality, which makes the size of her audience all the more ominous and symptomatic as we enter a curious new phase in our society.... To justify and extol human greed and egotism is to my mind not only immoral, but evil.”

  • Gore Vidal