John Oliver: How is Ayn Rand still a thing!?

"Last Week Tonight" examines the bizarre relationship between some conservatives and the "Atlas Shrugged" writer

Published September 29, 2014 1:15PM (EDT)

Though the jokes about Ayn Rand write themselves, the "Atlas Shrugged" novelist and creator of objectivism has a large and unlikely following among libertarians and some conservatives. John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" wonders: How?

If ever you find yourself in a debate with someone who defends Rand, all you have to do is direct them to this funny but comprehensive clip that exposes some of Rand's more odious views. They can take up any disputes with Oliver.

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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