Thom has mentioned on numerours occasions his view that Ayn Rand's objectivist libertarianism is psychopathic, and often points to her praise for certain serial murderers and other psychopaths. I don't disagree that the philosophy is psychopathic for all the reasons Thom cites. What I do question is whether Ayn Rand herself was an actual psychopath/sociopath versus an extreme narcissist who just fantasized and wrote about psychopaths.
I make this distinction in hopes that the discussion of this topic will open up to include discussion about extreme narcissism, which I believe is also at the root of right wing politics and worldviews. There is a identified personality disorder for narcissism as there is for anti-social personality disorder (i.e. sociopathy and psychopathy). Having been trained and worked professionally as a therapist in the past, I believe that all the personality disorders have a narcissistic core.
I don't know a lot about Ayn Rand, but from what I have read and heard I think its a safe assumption that she was an extreme narcissist. While her philosphy may have promoted psychopathic behaviors, I have yet to hear that she demonstrated any: harming others, complete denial of personal resonsibility, flaunting rules, etc. I am talking about things that distinguish psychopathy from narcissism.
As I said above, I believe we can make the discussion much more flexible and accurate about Rand, libertariansim and a lot more about right wing philosophy and behaviors if we also look at the role of narcissism at the core of these. I believe that is far more prevalent in that group than psychopathy.