Ayn Rand's effect on a family--not very good
It is so easy to attack someone iconic like Ayn Rand or Karl Marx through a showing of how someone who claims to be a follower of the icon behaved badly towards that someone's own family.
I admit that my deep disagreement with Rand's philosophy leads me to believe this young woman's tale of a wacky lawyer Dad who took a bit too seriously the dogmas of Rand, and, in the process, tore their family apart, and acted pretty ridiculous, if not horrible with his daughter, the author of the article.
While, again, one can undoubtedly find similar stories involving acolytes of Karl Marx, I don't know if there are similar stories of wack-job parents who are followers of, say, Michael Harrington. Doubtful. :-)
ADDENDUM: And I guess this is why a family's budget is not like the government's budget, at least our government's budget...