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In defense...

In defense of Ayn Rand - she made these comments, and most of her philosophical writing, in the 60's, obviously a tumultuous and radically different time in our country. This has been well-trod now in these comments, but it's worth understanding (briefly) how much the 'nuances' of words change, even within a few generations. I'd encourage any fellow-philosophers-of-language types here to read Wittgenstein on this. The context in which she understands libertarianism and writes about it there makes it sound fairly clear that those comments are directed towards a certain kind of neo-hippie, not a modern, Ron Paul style libertarian/conservative.