For some reason or another today, I got thinking about Ayn Rand, and by extension Rush's connection to her writing.
I had certainly heard talk of it, but mostly soft denouncements from the band over the years, distancing themselves from her work as the folly of youth.
I'm not sure I had ever actually read the oft mentioned NME article where the writer implied the band were right wing fascists, so I looked it up and read it.
I had always kinda thought of it as a hatchet job, where the journalist took a few lyrics out of context and made the band seem right wing... but the interview with Neil that is the centre of the article pretty much does that all on its own.
I had always thought of songs like Anthem and Something For Nothing as simply strong statements of the individual... but after reading that (granted, very old) interview with Neil, it kind of occurred to me for the first time that these ideas are exactly the type of thing a guy like Paul Ryan is expounding right now. The removal of health coverage for the lower class masses is all in the name of "freedom of choice".
In any case, it got me thinking about this aspect of Rush that I've never really considered, despite the fact that it's a pretty well known association. I'm curious what others think of the Rush/Rand connection. I know one thing... if there was a new band, circa 2017, that someone told me to check out 'cause I might like them, and I read an interview with the drummer where he was talking the nonsense that Peart is expressing in that NME piece... I would probably end up giving them a pass.
Thoughts on Rush/Rand?