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I had a hard time with Ayn Rand because I found myself enthusiastically agreeing with the first 90% of every sentence, but getting lost at 'therefore, be a huge asshole to everyone.'
Title text: I had a hard time with Ayn Rand because I found myself enthusiastically agreeing with the first 90% of every sentence, but getting lost at 'therefore, be a huge asshole to everyone.'

Explanation

This is a play off the typical "hidden door" in which you pull down the right book and suddenly a wall of books turns into a hidden door. It is most used in spy movies or books. In this case, the book is Atlas Shrugged and instead of a secret passage, the wall swings around and takes you to a message "You have terrible taste".

Atlas Shrugged is a dystopian novel by Ayn Rand.

Transcript

[Cueball stands in front of a bookshelf]
Cueball: Ooo, Atlas Shrugged
[Cueball yanks out book only for a click to be heard]
[The entire setup begins to rumble, while the bookcase and a surrounding platform takes both it and Cueball behind the wall]
[The tiny, dark room behind the wall has one thing painted on it]
Wall: You have terrible taste.
[The whole piece of kit moves back to its original position. Cueball stands there mildly stunned.]
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Discussion

Rig this up to the entire twilight section. Problem solved. Davidy22[talk] 13:57, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

Does Atlas Shrugged have any particular relevance to the strip? Alpha (talk) 02:14, 3 February 2013 (UTC)

Ayn Rand is pretty controversial, and a lot of people dismiss her books outright. Some of them are an interesting read, though. 217.28.5.48 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

There is a factual inaccuracy in the explanation here — her philosophy is libertarian, not conservative. Please fix that. 46.150.103.149 14:47, 8 October 2013 (UTC)

"far-right" ??? This very subjective and insulting. But I guess it's the aim of such assertion. 109.255.215.93 07:47, 14 October 2013 (UTC)

Another inaccuracy: Rand herself found the Libertarians, like any political party, to be counterintuitive to her philosophy of Objectivism. Though I think "libertarian" should be changed to "objectivism," I'll leave it and just make a side-note, because one could say that Atlas Shrugged is to Libertarians as the Bible is to Christians. Jinx 20:55, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

I have to agree, Objectivism is a philosophy, Libertarianism is a political movement. Although the two have a few overlaps, they are very different things. Rand was adamantly opposed the Libertarian Party and and wrote quite a bit about her objections. 173.245.54.175 23:36, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

Does Libertarianism have anything to do with this strip? Why is it included 173.245.50.156 21:24, 5 November 2014 (UTC)
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