Cassandra-Leo: "screw it, comedy is just as much about having morality as it is having a punchline." Sanity_Theorist has a very valid point here.
Peart most likely didn't consciously write the lyrics with Rand or any kind of political ideas in mind. He was very interested in her writings at times, however. This naturally influenced some of his lyrics with the last verse of The Trees being one of the most obvious examples.
Doesn't mean there has to be a "message" behind the song, but it is undoubtedly influenced by Ayn Rands writing (=crap).
It’s not Ayn Rand-influenced crap because Peart has confirmed that there is no political message to the song. It was inspired by a humorous cartoon he saw about trees arguing, and there’s no intended political message in the lyrics.
Speaking of that Thanquol, I was gonna give it a pass for it being a comic strip...but screw it, comedy is just as much about having morality as it is having a punchline. So glad Ayn Rand was a passing phase for Neil Peart, his later writing like The Big Money is far better.