I however find fault in the total decleration that man exists for his own sake, that the pursuit of his own happiness is his highest moral purpose, he must not sacrifice himself to others or have others sacrifice themselves to him.
This is often misunderstood and a point I have been trying to make in this thread. The philosophy of the objectivist is not that man cannot or should sacrifice himself to others, but that man should not be forced to sacrifice himself, by the state.
I do agree that Ayn Rand's arguments are too absolute (as did/do some of her followers). However, neither they nor any of us lived in Russia after the revolution. Context cannot be overlooked.
It may not be what this century considered "right" or "progressive", but an Objectivist is anything but fascist.