Many US politicians, particularly in the Republican party, look to the writings and philosophies of author Ayn Rand as inspiration and a guiding light in what the theoretical balance of politics and business should be in a democratic society. Detractors argue that her work is a singular, unrealistic view of how anyone should conduct themselves, and provides a polarized tack which no one in any functioning society can perfectly adhere to.
Due to the heightened awareness many in politics have of Rand’s books, Rolling Stone asked President Obama in a November 2012 interview for his thoughts on her work. The above statement is a true quote from that interview.
“Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we’d pick up. Then, as we get older, we realize that a world in which we’re only thinking about ourselves and not thinking about anybody else, in which we’re considering the entire project of developing ourselves as more important than our relationships to other people and making sure that everybody else has opportunity -– that that’s a pretty narrow vision. It’s not one that, I think, describes what’s best in America. Unfortunately, it does seem as if sometimes that vision of a ‘you’re on your own’ society has consumed a big chunk of the Republican Party.”