If widely accepted, couldn’t Objectivism harden into a dogma?
No. I have found that Objectivism is its own protection against people
who might attempt to use it as a dogma. Since Objectivism requires the use of
one’s mind, those who attempt to take broad principles and apply them
unthinkingly and indiscriminately to the concretes of their own existence find
that it cannot be done. They are then compelled either to reject Objectivism or
to apply it. When I say apply, I mean that they have to use their own mind,
their own thinking, in order to know how to apply Objectivist principles to the
specific problems of their own lives.