I once had an awkward moment just to see how it feels. I have a reputation that is expanding faster than the universe. I speak French in Russian. In 1932, my charm was so contagious that a vaccine had to be created for it.
My legend precedes me, like lightning precedes thunder. Am a lover not a fighter, but I'm also a fighter so don't get any ideas.
Ayn Rand's ideology seems based on a very internal-focused view of the world. It's also very new age-esque, and elevates using others capabilities for maximum personal gain. Unfortunately, it seems to be the modis operandi via indoctrination received, perhaps in college, by many of the biz dev folks I've ran into over the past decade.
Which is odd, because should a serious conversation ensue, it seems that often the desire is often put more heavily on punishment than education. However, in its function, the power to punish is not essentially different from that of curing or educating.
But what strikes me is the fact that in our society, art, music, or a news article can be appropriated as some sort of imaginary 'property'. Normally, 'property' is something which is only related to objects. The problem is that it's not to individuals, or to life. An object which can be, and is owned like sticks and fire. If the current IP system existed in the days of cavemen, would fire have been patented? Quite possibly. Knowledge is the strategic adversary of fascism... the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us.
Sad state of affairs indeed, because as things change on multiple fronts, some desire to continue to hold onto the old system.