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Rand Paul Uses Ayn Rand To Fight Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs

“Admit it,” says Dave Weigel, “you were waiting for this.” What, pray tell, is he referring to? He’s talking about Rand Paul, quoting Ayn Rand at length at a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. See, Rand Paul is h…

“Admit it,” says Dave Weigel, “you were waiting for this.” What, pray tell, is he referring to? He’s talking about Rand Paul, quoting Ayn Rand at length at a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. See, Rand Paul is hopping mad at the compact flourescent lightbulb for existing, because it represents the “boot heel” of the “collective.” Let’s go to the tape:

PAUL: Ayn Rand wrote a novel, Anthem…It’s a dystopian novel where individual choice is banned and the collective basically runs society. There’s a young man, and his name is Equality 72521. He is an intelligent young man but he is banned from achieving or reaching any sort of occupation that might challenge him. He is a street sweeper.
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