When Ayn Rand and Johnny Carson collide


Presumptive Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan and others on the right have a complicated relationship with Russian-born writer and philosopher Ayn Rand. And those complications really show when you see Rand talking to Johnny Carson on October 22, 1967. The latest Rewrite took a look at Rand’s appearance on The Tonight Show.

You can also click below to watch the entire half-hour interview where the two, with some help from Carson sidekick Ed McMahon, tackle politics, religion, American culture… and even a pesky fly that was buzzing around Johnny Carson’s head.

Part 1

Part 2