Sunday, November 4, 2007

Ayn Rand Groupies

1. Congressman John Campbell (R-CA-48), as quoted in the current issue of Reason (not yet online):

"Atlas Shrugged is the book I give to our interns after they spend a summer here, working for free. I consider it to be the authoritative work on the power of the individual."

2. Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, as quoted by Jeffrey Toobin in The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court (via ABC News, via Hit and Run):

"Thomas has such a libertarian view of the original intent of the framers of the Constitution that he prepares his new clerks by requiring them to watch the 1949 movie version of Ayn Rand's classic homage to individualism, The Fountainhead."