Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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.'
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 polarizing dystopian novel by Ayn Rand central to the objectivist movement, a far-right political philosophy.
- [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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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. 188.8.131.52 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
There is a factual inaccuracy in the explanation here — her philosophy is libertarian, not conservative. Please fix that. 184.108.40.206 14:47, 8 October 2013 (UTC)
"far-right" ??? This very subjective and insulting. But I guess it's the aim of such assertion. 220.127.116.11 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. 18.104.22.168 23:36, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
Does Libertarianism have anything to do with this strip? Why is it included 22.214.171.124
21:24, 5 November 2014 (UTC)