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David Brat Is a True Ayn Rand Acolyte

David Brat Is a True Ayn Rand Acolyte
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It’s been a long time since I read Atlas Shrugged. I didn’t finish it. In my defense, I was 19, and I think we can all agree that the book doesn’t succeed as a novel, in the way that when you open a novel you expect characters and a plot.

But I’ve been curious, given the increased prominence of the book since 2010, how in this generation Ayn Rand seems to inspire antipathy toward government but not toward large companies that use the government to stifle competition. If I understood the book correctly (and I know you’ll tell me if I didn’t), Washington is only evil because it’s a place where powerful interests are able to use laws and regulations to prevent themselves from having to work too hard in a free and open market.