One of the things we hear over and over in the 2016 presidential election battle is just how vulgar (meaning common), dumb and amateurish Donald Trump is. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance and built himself a multi-billion dollar empire with the small stake his father left him, but to the Harvard Law School graduates and their sychophants, the man is a neolithic imbecile.
Imagine, then, their surprise when Trump was interviewed by USA Today’s Kirsten Powers and he calls himself an Ayn Rand Fan.
He said of her novel The Fountainhead, “It relates to business (and) beauty (and) life and inner emotions. That book relates to … everything.” He identified with Howard Roark, the novel’s idealistic protagonist who designs skyscrapers and rages against the establishment.
When I pointed out that The Fountainhead is in a way about the tyranny of groupthink, Trump sat up and said, “That’s what is happening here.” He then recounted a call he received from a liberal journalist: “How does it feel to have done what you have done? I said what have I done. He said nobody ever in the history of this country has done what you have done. And I said, well, if I lose, then no big deal. And he said no, no, if you lose, it doesn’t matter because this will be talked about forever.
“And I said it will be talked about more if I win.”
For many on the intellectual right, Ayn Rand is the ultimate in the intellectual realm. She was very agnostic in her religious views, but when it came to rage against the machine, Rand was on par with George Orwell, albeit with heart. The pair recognized the dangers of the machine being in control and taking, taking, taking from the producers all while telling them that which kept them placated. It is a reality of the 20th century that is being demolished now that the internet is giving the people soapboxes and virtual townhalls to share experience and develop collective evidence that all is not well, and Denmark isn’t the only country where something is rotten.
This little tidbit about Donald Trump may not mean much to the non-bookworms out there, but for those of us who always have at least three books going at a time, Trump being a fan of Ayn Rand is a good thing.
H/T – The Daily Caller