Just for funsies, has anyone counted how many times the lefties have used ad hominem arguments in this thread? Just for the leftists, that means argument "to the man." It means when someone brings forward arguments based on a novel, arguments about the lifestyle of said author are not relevant. I too think the book could have used a good editor, and the 70 page speech by Galt, quite frankly, is unbearable. But read the bum's description of what happened to the 20th Century factory. In just a few pages you'll never see a greater refutation/description of the collectivist mindset.