“The main reason I did it is because I am an Ayn Rand fan,” he says. “In my opinion if more people would read her books and take her ideas seriously, the country and world would be a better place — freer, more prosperous and we would have a more optimistic view of the future.”
– Nick Newcomen, who drove 12,238 miles across 30 states, just to write the message “READ AYN RAND” with a GPS logger. The message is only visible from Google Earth.
Talk about ego. Using interstate highways funded by the government and the internet, created with the help of the Department of Defense, to spread his message.
What’s funny about all these people collectively praising Ayn Rand as some sort of philosophical deity because she advocated for limited government, is that she also advocated for egoism as a means to fulfill your individual happiness and reason as a means to knowledge, while abhorring collectivism and group think on any level. The whole thing about Objectivism is if 30 Tea Party members are locked in a cave and about to die from a bomb and one of them is Sarah Palin, then she gets to live because her life is, in theory, worth more than Joe “Six Pack” The Plumber.
So yeah, Rand”s probably stabbing her dead eyes out right now at being ignorantly co-opted by the Tea Party and those of their ilk. You know who Ayn Rand probably admires? Ted Kaczynski.