There was always something off about Ayn Rand to me, and I think that Rothbard has nailed this right on the head.
It wasn’t that everything that she said was false. It was just that something felt a little off to me, but I wasn’t quite sure. I just dismissed it as the fact that she knew something that I didn’t.
But after reading Rothbard, I understood that liberty could be defined in crystal clear terms, and from then on out, I have sided more so with Rothbard than anyone else, and have understood that there’s something fishy about Ayn Rand‘s confusing elaborations. Rothbard is crystal clear, and I think that his case for liberty is at least as good as anyone else’s, if not better.
I agree with what she says about altruism and collectivism in the political sense, but I still think that people can care for one another in charitable ways, even though one does get a personal enjoyment from helping others. That’s obviously the point that she made. But I suppose that truly, one doesn’t choose to help another person out unless it makes the person helping the other feel good.