Here’s Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ken) using an Ayn Rand novel (and not even one of her better known ones) as the basis for our country’s energy policy.
When the committee didn’t take his recommendation Rand Paul stormed off to his room, slammed the door, and wrote “THE SENATE ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE SUX BALLS!!!” in big block letters on the front of his three ring binder. Then he had a Pop Tart and some Tang.
I actually know Anthem but only because Rush wrote an awesome song about it. It’s one of the few Ayn Rand novels I’ve been able to make it all the way through. Even then, at 13, I remember thinking it was really not very good at all. It was cold and wonkish, sort of like someone telling a story about a story, rather than telling the story itself.
Neil Peart of course adapted the story as the basis for Rush’s 2112 album. Here’s the part in which the main character finds a guitar (which is much cooler than a light bulb), learns to play it, and then presents it to the Collective (called the Priests of Syrinx). Things do not end well for the guitar.
Awesome song, but perhaps not a good basis for legislation. I mean, if you’re going to use a Rush song as a basis for laws, why not Working Man? Oh right. That’s socialism.