Anne C. Heller, in her skillful life of Rand, traces the roots of Rand's philosophy to an even earlier age. Around the age of five, Alissa Rosenbaum's mother instructed her to put away some of her toys for a year. She offered up her favorite possessions, thinking of the joy that she would feel when she got them back after a long wait. When the year had passed, she asked her mother for the toys, only to be told she had given them away to an orphanage. Heller remarks that "this may have been Rand's first encounter with injustice masquerading as what she would later acidly call ‘altruism.’ " (The anti-government activist Grover Norquist has told a similar story from childhood, in which his father would steal bites of his ice cream cone, labelling each bite "sales tax" or "income tax." The psychological link between a certain form of childhood deprivation and extreme libertarianism awaits serious study.)
Si no es real, es un mito que explica bastante bien el modo en que Rand y su gente veían al mundo. También me recuerda cada historia sobre padres que han querido dar a sus niños tempranas lecciones sobre la injusticia del mundo. Michael Ende contaba que un conocido suyo le quitaba la silla a su niño, para que cayera y se golpeara, supuestamente para enseñarlo a "no confiar ni en su propio padre". Resultado: para la adolescencia el chico ya estaba internado en la casa de la risa.