When I was a teenager, I think 15 or so, as most American male teenagers of higher than average intelligence do, I went through an Ayn (pronounced ‘ein’) Rand phase. I’m not ashamed to admit it, even though it is the philosophical equivalent to a spoiled teen girl’s belief that the world revolves around her. As a philosophy, Objectivism is not without redeeming features. However, in order to implement Objectivism in the real world, it would require two conditions be met in order to not collapse into a Somalian style warlord society. The first condition is that everyone be a genius, and the second would be that everyone have an innately benevolent nature. In fact, despite the nature of some of her more ardent followers, the entirety of Rand’s philosophy rests on an innate belief in the good nature of man. It was her general belief that it was only when given institutionalized authority over other men that the more negative aspects of man’s nature took over. To summarize: if we lived in a world where everyone was a genius with no ill will towards his fellow man, objectivism would be a perfect philosophy for everyone. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case.