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A few people carried around fat, well worn paperback copies of "Atlas Shrugged" in high school. I was curious, asked about it, and was told about Ayn Rand's philosophy of selfishness. As someone who grew up in a liberal household I was shocked and had a hard time understanding why anyone would promote the notion of greed and selfishness, and wasn't interested in reading it. In college I had a friend who believed in Rand's ideas. She came from a very wealthy Republican family and she struck me as a spoiled, overprivileged young woman who had no exposure to life outside of her circle.

I still don't get how selfishness can be justified by so-called Christians, or anyone else for that matter.

Dr X

And it's pretty funny that Rand relied on leftist parasites to publish and distribute her book. John Galt would have quit rather than depend on a parasite.

Earl Bockenfeld

Ayn Rand was sucessful enough to keep Philip O’Connor employed and comfortable by the hugh sales of her books. But now a movie based on her masterpiece, "Atlas Shrugged" fails, where every fiscal conservative hates to fail, in the free marketplace. Which is like an "invisible hand" as the Final and Fairest arbitrator of Truth and Value. Randians, like Adam Smith, see the "invisible hand" at the conjunction of the forces of self-interest, competition, and supply and demand, as being most fair and capable of allocating resources in society.

The reviews of "Atlas Shrugged" have been merciless. And despite a major push by Tea Party networks, Ayn Rand's paean to ego-centrism has not drawn much in the way of audiences.

Roger Ebert: “The most anticlimactic non-event since Geraldo Rivera broke into Al Capone’s vault. I suspect only someone very familiar with Rand’s 1957 novel could understand the film at all, and I doubt they will be happy with it.”

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: “The book was published in 1957, yet the clumsiness of this production makes it seem antediluvian.”

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: “It has taken decades to bring Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged’ to the big screen. They should have waited longer.”

Peter Dubruge, Variety: “Part one of a trilogy that may never see completion, this hasty, low-budget adaptation would have Ayn Rand spinning in her grave.”

A trailer for the film debuted at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February. It was screened for such cultural tastemakers as John Boehner, and Andrew Breitbart. Then they brought in the big guns: FreedomWorks, the AstroTurf Tea Party organizers sponsored by the billionaire Koch brothers. Matt Kibbe, the president and CEO of FreedomWorks went to work promoting the film via his Freedom Connector social network, which has been prominently plugged by Glenn Beck, and a massive email list. It doesn’t appear to have worked.

Hence the cult of Ayn Rand. She appeals to particularly lonesome and egotistical people who are mad at the world for not recognizing what they see as their "Hidden Greatness", as images of unknown John Galt's.

Ayn Rand is the patron saint of narcissists. Now, Who is John Galt? Not only did Atlas shrug. Tea Partyers and maybe the John Galt's still among us, seems to have shrugged as well.


While there's a distinct karmic demolition knowing that Rand supports Sinclair Lewis and Rachel Carson (among others), I'd much prefer a culture grown up enough to support Lewis and Carson and put Rand in the remainder bin.

Percepse quotes O'Connor that Rand wrote to convert. She really wrote to infantilize, to do the exact opposite of converting, which is to maintain the status quo.

It is simplistic philosophy written by a mediocre writer presuming to deal with excellence, its pursuit and exploitation by the excellent.

It is doomed to fail from the get-go, n'est ce pas?


I still don't get how selfishness can be justified by so-called Christians, or anyone else for that matter.

Google "dispensationalism" (Wiki has a decent entry on it)

Mind you, this is one-tenth of one percent of the small number of Christians in America (and an eevn tinier sliver of Christians, full stop).

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