Media, morality and the neighbor’s cow: When did Ayn Rand become the Republican Party’s bible?

This piece originally appeared on If you have any doubts that the phenomenon of Donald Trump was a long time a’coming, you have only to read a piece that Gore Vidal wrote for Esquire magazine in July 1961, when the conservative movement was just beginning and even Barry Goldwater was hardly a glint in Republicans’ eyes.

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