Rush Drummer Neil Peart: I’m a bleeding heart libertarian
My favorite band’s drummer/lyricist recently opened up to Rolling Stone:
For me, [Rand's writing] was an affirmation that it’s alright to totally believe in something and live for it and not compromise. It was a simple as that. On that 2112album, again I was in my early 20s. I was a kid. Now I call myself a bleeding heart libertarian. Because I do believe in the principles of Libertarianism as an ideal – because I’m an idealist. Paul Theroux’s definition of a cynic is a disappointed idealist. So as you go through past your 20s, your idealism is going to be disappointed many many times. And so, I’ve brought my view and also – I’ve just realized this – Libertarianism as I understood it was very good and pure and we’re all going to be successful and generous to the less fortunate and it was, to me, not dark or cynical. But then I soon saw, of course, the way that it gets twisted by the flaws of humanity. And that’s when I evolve now into … a bleeding heart Libertarian. That’ll do.
Not that this should come as a shock to anyone, especially those familiar with Rush. But I’m sure Dr. Z and the BHL crew are more than pleased to have Neil’s support. I am.
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