I would like to ask a favor of you. When you see something like this:
And you read the mouseover message:
I had a hard time with Ayn Rand because I found myself enthusiastically agreeing with the first 90% of every sentence, but getting lost at 'therefore, be a huge asshole to everyone.'
Ask yourself the following question: Is Jenn "a huge asshole to everyone?"
Then, because I really think it's important to thoroughly examine all premises, truly consider the possibility that I'm doing it wrong. Then ask me some questions about it and give me a chance to convince you that I am NOT doing it wrong. (Because I'm not.)
And if you feel inclined to tell me about some Objectivist you met once who was a jerk to you, allow me a few more minutes of your time to help you see that there are many, many, MANY more Objectivists out there in the world who are non-assholes than those who are.
P.S. I know this week's XKCD upset some of my Objectivist friends. Not me. It doesn't bother me in the least. It's a tired old stereotype (like how homeschooled kids don't have friends or social skills) that I can't even take seriously because it's so untrue. It's so untrue that it drains all of the humor right out of it.
Instead I view this kind of stuff as a good thing, because we have been provided with a golden opportunity for us to counter this false stereotype, to bust this myth.
I hope my many kind, benevolent, happy, fun, non-jerk Objectivists friends and acquaintances near and far decide to use this opportunity (and future similar ones) for a little mythbusting. The contrast is so evident and glaring, it won't even take very much effort.