It was a washing of the hands, although it is interesting to consider his remarks in the context of his lyrics on Clockwork Angels, a solid platter from the band that nonetheless sees them continuing with themes of an all-controlling collective that squashes the opportunities of the gifted few. If Peart has slowly forsaken the overt worship at the temple of Rand, he still believes with a fiery passion in his rock-and-roll mission to ignite a righteous flame of individual indignation in the heart of his listeners — and that's probably enough to land his tunes on someone like Ryan's playlists for life.

TOM SAWYER SHRUGGED: RAND-INSPIRED RUSH QUOTES

"I think everything I do has Howard Roark in it," Neil Peart said in a 1981 interview with Creem magazine. The famously individualistic protagonist from Ayn Rand's 1943 novel The Fountainhead is perhaps a perfect ideal for the prodigiously talented drummer and relentless overachiever who has guided Rush's philosophical journey since the mid-'70s. Peart's overt Rand-worship subsided following the release of 2112, but his subtle lyrical nods to her work pepper the band's oeuvre. Here are but a few examples of Peart's pen paying tribute to some of Rand's most central tenets.

"Political freedom cannot exist without economic freedom; a free mind and a free market are corollaries."
AYN RAND, FOR THE NEW INTELLECTUAL, 1961

"You don't get something for nothing/You can't have freedom for free."
N. PEART, "SOMETHING FOR NOTHING," FROM 2112, 1976

"If [man] chooses to live, a rational ethics will tell him what principles of action are required to implement his choice. If he does not choose to live, nature will take its course. Reality confronts a man with a great many 'must's', but all of them are conditional: the formula of realistic necessity is: 'you must, if — ' and the if stands for man's choice: 'if you want to achieve a certain goal.' "
AYN RAND, PHILOSOPHY: WHO NEEDS IT, 1982

"You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice./If you choose not to decide, you still haven't made a choice./You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill;/I will choose a path that's clear/I will choose free will."
N. PEART, "FREEWILL," PERMANENT WAVES, 1980

"Some men assert that rights are a gift of God — others, that rights are a gift of society. But, in fact, the source of rights is man's nature."
AYN RAND, "MAN'S RIGHTS," THE VIRTUE OF SELFISHNESS, 1963

"His mind is not for rent to any god or government; always hopeful yet discontent."
N. PEART, "TOM SAWYER," MOVING PICTURES, 1981

"Productive work is the central purpose of a rational man's life, the central value that integrates and determines the hierarchy of all his other values. Reason is the source, the precondition of his productive work — pride is the result."
AYN RAND, "MAN'S RIGHTS," THE VIRTUE OF SELFISHNESS, 1963

"Dreams don't need to have motion to keep their spark alive./Obsession has to have action, pride turns on the drive."
N. PEART, "MISSION," HOLD YOUR FIRE, 1987

WILL RUSH SPOUT RANDIAN DOGMA AT THEIR 10/24 TD GARDEN GIG? ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUT. AND MAKE IT A DOUBLE-FEATURE WITH PART 2 OF ATLAS SHRUGGED (NOW IN THEATERS).

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