Epilogue: A Latter-Day Fortress
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In 2012, a cohort of self-described Christian survivalists from northern Idaho announced formation of an “exit strategy” from the “firestorm” they prophesied was about to engulf the nation: a constitutionally correct, biblically sanctified community known as “the Citadel” ( “Establishment Republicans,” said the advertising brochure, were discouraged from applying for membership, along with Marxists, liberals, and non-Christians (Citadel spokespeople consider themselves to be “religious separatists,” not racial separatists []). The literary inspiration for the Citadel is Ayn Rand’s fabled mountain refuge for the 1 percent, Galt’s Gulch; its architectural model is the medieval fortress of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany.