As I have reported before, there’s much in Ayn Rand’s writing that I do not like:
As an articulation of what goes wrong when government and other coercive institutions intervene in the economy and in society, it is a masterpiece. As an articulation of the timeless morals which have sustained human society, it leaves something to be desired: magnanimity. Ironically, Aristotle, who made magnanimity “the crowning virtue”, was the only philosopher to whom Rand would acknowledge a philosophical debt: it appears she missed that in his writing.
It is a story which uses intervention in rail to illustrate the collapse of society as government increases its control over industry, with all the inefficiency, corruption and injustice that entails.