Could someone briefly explain Ayn Rand's philosophy; objectivism?

I've read "Atlas Shrugged" and would like to attempt "The Fountainhead" soon, but before I do I would like a better understanding of what Objectivism is. Could someone briefly describe the main tenets of that philosophy?

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I always preferred Buckley to Rand.  Apparently publishing Whittaker Chambers' review of Atlas Shrugged -- which WFB said went a bit too far -- in National Review caused a major rift between Rand and Buckley.  They had some philosophical differences ... mostly that he didn't share her general disdain for all altruism, not just feigned altruism of the government variety.


Rand has her moments.  She makes some solid points, and I generally like her work.  But, there are limitations to her philosophy.


JB

Which, of course, is expected.

To have the perfect philosophy implies infinite wisdom. Yet we are finite human beings.

Rand's philosophy is, in my view, ignoring any dimensions of humans we would call spiritual. But she was attempting to formulate a system of thinking and behaving that would allow humans to grow and prosper and live together peaceably. A philosophy based on rational interaction, where the initiation of physical force is considered abhorrent, seems like a reasonable start.

where the initiation of physical force is considered abhorrent

You may have missed her sex scenes.

I saw more love and affection in the love scenes from oz

Objectivism is basically the celebration of being a sociopath. 

Sociopath is in style.  Me first, always...

I'm a little late to this conversation, obviously, but I respect Rand and agree with her main points.

So how are you liking "The Fountainhead," Stephen?

I finished it. Its great! Not as good as Atlas Shrugged, but I enjoyed it all the same

Cool. I liked The Fountainhead a little better because it focused more one one character. But Atlas Shrugged went a lot deeper and I liked the mystery aspect.

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