Oh Jesus, Ayn Rand is showing a resurgence. I will confess this: for six months when I was a teenager, I was about the most total Randroid you could imagine, and I can say with a lot of regret that I read every single one of her books, all the way through. No, seriously. I did. Yes, Atlas Shrugged. Yes, Galt's speech, all of it. And after. My favorite scene is where a bunch of striking workers are described by a protagonist--it has a few, and Galt isn't actually one of them--as subhuman beasts. And another where the very independent industrialist female lead experiences her greatest joy tending house for John Galt. Who has a personality only slightly less interesting than pocket lint. Opinionated, cranky pocket lint. I got my first A-plus(and the only fun I had writing a paper) in high school for a rather brutal critique of her work and philosophy. My teacher probably liked it because she was forced to teach Anthem.
And so I can tell you that Colbert here is being kind.
He'd be familiar with her, by the way, for the same reason I am: we're both nerds who grew up in Charleston during the Reagan era. You would not believe how much Rand was in the bookstores then.
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