There seem to be a contingent of thinkers out there who think that "the answers to life, the universe and everything" are the philosophies of Ayn Rand in "Atlas Shrugged." It somehow seems fitting that this may be the case since, when asked to cut some of her novel she replied, "Would you cut the Bible?"
Calling a philosophy "Objectivism" confuses me. No one is perfectly objective and the first hurdle to being objective is realizing that no one is truly objective.
Her idea of people being self sufficient is a positive one. Society can undermine the efforts of some individuals while overcompensating others. I do question the possibility of being able to survive, or survive meaningfully, without the help of others.
Do people idolize John Galt, fictional character, the way they might otherwise worship the ideal of Jesus, fictionalized character?