In a message dated 10/25/1999 8:28:28 PM Pacific Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< I see no reason why one should not choose
one's own name to fit ones taste and personality traits.
people are ignoring a crucial problem here... The discussion is avoiding the central issue: whether letting go of cultural heritage is based on one of the following.
I think Ayn rand was a blend of 2 and 3. The values she espoused were of upper middle class and rich peoplel, who - during the time period she existed - were 99% anti-semetic and would have shunned her. However, that in itself was not the total motivation, which we can deduce by her extremist views on indiviuality and egoist propaganda.