I just read Atlas Shrugged and was wondering if the kind of moral objectivism suggested in there is even practical in real life.
For example, I have an IT assignment to do for high school, and we have been assigned groups. My partners are all incredibly lazy—they do nothing and always have new excuses for why they couldn't do their work.
If I understood Ayn Rand's Objectivism correctly, she would suggest that I not to do anything at all in response, thus letting us all crash into the disaster of 0 points. I can't really afford that, but on the other hand, if I were now to do all the work on my own, I would support the looters since they would get a good mark too. Also, I am already getting a worse mark compared to what I would get when working alone, since my product is divided by three. Another issue is that if I work very hard now, the others will notice that they can get away with doing nothing, which is not a good idea to be spreading.
So is this kind of philosophy even applicable in daily life?