You know, I kind of hate Rush. I’m sure they’re nice enough guys (though I’ve heard an anecdote of Neil Peart being a real jerk). Nonetheless, I thought this Rolling Stone interview might interest some (H/T: Peter Jaworski):
For me, it was an affirmation that it’s all right to totally believe in something and live for it and not compromise. It was a simple as that. On that 2112 album, again, I was in my early twenties. 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 twenties, 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 Rush has always shown a lot of love to prominent Libertarians. Just ask Rand Paul (right, Mr. Payne?).
Anyhoo, as I said, I’ve always kind of hated Rush, but I had two close friends in high school who were fiends. This forced me to try to like any – any – Rush song. The only one I could ever latch on to was Animate:
And, in retrospect, it kind of sucks, too.