On John Oliver’s show Last Week Tonight, he had a hilarious clip (sorry, embedding was disallowed so you will have to follow the link to see it) about Ayn Rand titled Why is Ayn Rand still a thing?, because she is still a big influence on Republicans with presidential ambitions people like Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz, who all proudly state that they are fans of her despite her support for abortion rights and her atheism.
But the oligarchy, which does not need votes and thus does not care about abortions or religion, loves her idea that one should only look after one’s own interests. Take for example, the Koch brothers. Recently, their vice-president for Policy ad Research made the following statement about what the ideal government should be, at a secret retreat attended by prominent Republicans like majority leader Mitch McConnell.
“Government is thus limited to a small, but absolutely critical number of tasks, basically keeping our neighborhoods and cities safe from crime, defending our country from those who might violate our national territories, our commerce at sea, and providing justice in a fair and apolitical — political court system.”
Notice that the only things they think are necessary for government are those that will give them the ability to exploit people and resources across the globe without any restraint (hence the desire for a strong military) and will protect themselves and their property from the people who come after them with their pitchforks (hence the need for police and courts to enforce their edicts).
As Mike Lux says about their vision:
In this ideal system, there would be no C, no Medicare, no Medicaid, no food or water safety protections, no national park system, no public education or student loan programs, no public roads and bridges. They would not have taxes on corporate profits or the wealthy at all. There would be no consumer, homeowner, or worker protections from Wall Street banks, big energy companies, pharmaceutical giants, health insurance companies, fast food companies.