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.
Well, yeah, but 2112 is probably legions better than anything Rand wrote (I'll cop to not having had the patience to get through Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, etc.) because Peart put a large emphasis on the hypocrisy of the priests, indicating that their "equality" was a sham. It's as much Harrison Bergeron as it is Anthem, and of course, Vonnegut wrote Harrison Bergeron as a direct rebuttal to/parody of Rand. And it's not as if Anthem wasn't basically a retelling of Zamyatin's We in the first place. Your mileage may vary, I guess. Anyway, I wasn't the one to originate the phrase "Ayn Rand-influenced crap" in the first place.
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.