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Andreas Kluth

Elon Musk and the Confessions of an Ayn Rand Reader

As boys, we dream of being John Galt or Howard Roark. As men, most of us move on. If we don’t, that’s a problem.

Who is John Galt?

Who is John Galt?

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I’m fed up reading about Elon Musk and Twitter. If you think about it, neither the spoiled-brat serial entrepreneur nor the spoiled-brat social network he bought matters a whit in a world where millions are fighting for sheer survival against evil imperialists, famine or other disasters. 

And yet I also confess to a voyeuristic reflex that does make me glance at headlines about Musk and Twitter, as I might rubberneck when passing a car wreck. Will they self-destruct in a meteoric flameout? Will they turn things around against all odds like action heroes staring down the apocalypse?