Well I'm really pretty new to this Objectivism philosophy, I've just started reading Atlas Shrugged. But it seems to me that Libertarianism is essencially the political application for Objectivism, the two are very similar say what you will but thats fact. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but Objectivism is the philosophy of reason, yet Rand argues that small government is necessesary. However isnt that a contradiction? I mean if people simply follow their reason there should be no place for government right?