Ceding all one's power to corporations, which are totally opaque in comparison to governments and schools these days, seems like a big no-no.
So this post on Ayn Rand over at Being Sufficiently is interesting, because it discusses the fact that she used social security and medicare, despite her beliefs.
An interview with Evva Pryror, a social worker and consultant to Miss Rand's law firm of Ernst, Cane, Gitlin and Winick verified that on Miss Rand's behalf she secured Rand's Social Security and Medicare payments which Ayn received under the name of Ann O'Connor (husband Frank O'Connor).Libertarianism makes a significant ontological mistake when it declares that only individuals exist (Thatcher: “society does not exist”). It then passes from the notion that every entity is unique to the idea that depending on others is wrong. That doesn't follow at all. Libertarianism then says that aggregate entities such as governments must be evil, but that other aggregates such as corporations are good. That also doesn't follow.
(This is far from saying that I don't accept anarchist arguments about the state. I'm putting myself through Bakunin and Proudhon boot camp right now so go easy on me. Reading Bakunin in particular is like looking in the mirror.)
It's really okay that Ayn Rand got social security. I'd rather be a hypocrite than a cynic myself. But the vulnerability of being a hypocrite is probably something that Rand would have wanted to delete from her persona. Shame.
All entities are hypocrites, because they never let on about their occult depths—not even to themselves. Let's start from there.