I was a clever little boy, and Mom had to do a paper on Ayn Rand, for a college class or something, so I believe I was in my teens when I first read it. Close, in any case.

It had a huge impact on me while I was in my 20’s, the ensuing decade where I read it or most of it at least 4 times. I was all about it. In part, it turned me into the weird guy I am today.

Then, apparently, I got a little older. The heroes and protagonists in Rand’s novels are about as realistic as those in the Batman series. Even “Love” is rationalized, when ol’ Hank gives up on Dagny because John Galt is so much more perfect. Uh huuhhhh.

We’re about to elect leaders who believe that the Lord of the Rings is an instructive tale for government.

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