Thanks for a thorough exegesis of Rand, Objectivism, and the Rand-Greenspan connection. You've done an excellent job. The only thing missing is any discussion of Rand as an anachronism. Her ideas were formed in the teens and twenties, in the crucible of totalitarian communism. Her novels were written in the forties and fifties. She could not have experienced by that time (and later completely overlooked) the success of postwar European social democracies--prosperous, productive societies with the full array of civil liberties, which have only come into their full flower in the past several decades. See my post, Why We Should Shrug Off Atlas Shrugged, at my blog Euroconcerns.com, which is dedicated to the viability of Europe as a social model for the U.S. Having lived in Europe for 16 years, I have a great deal of personal experience and eyewitness testimony on the subject. Stephen Hill's book EUROPE'S PROMISE is a must-read on this topic and will be a revelation to most (even well-informed) Americans.