When I was younger I fell in with a crowd of Libertarians. We were younger and the emphasis was on the “Liberty” part. I used to say, half jokingly, that Libertarians were just Republicans who wanted to smoke pot (legally). In heavily Baptist Texas at the time it seemed like it could be a good idea.
I read Ayn Rand, but it was poorly written stuff and seemed very far-fetched. I mean, would the world really collapse if a bunch of billionaires left society? Really? And how could they thrive, much less survive, Gilligan’s Island-like, with just a handful of people, even very smart people? I mean, they certainly wouldn’t have iPhones. I doubt they would have decent clothes after a year or two. Forget the private planes zipping in and out.
I ran across this older PBS article that was probably bumped up by the Sears bankruptcy. A good story.
Oh, those old friends: I would say they are pretty much plain old Conservatives these days, maybe even far-right. I could go on with the inherent flaws in Rand’s ideas, but that would take a while. These days when I run into a younger person who seems to be taking this ‘philosophy’ seriously, I mostly try to show some disrespect for it and maybe let them figure it out themselves.