In the 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged, threatened by anti-business regulations and the collapse of their companies, scores of prosperous business owners abandoned their fortunes and went into hiding. John Galt, the central character, persuaded them to relocate to a region where their efforts would be rewarded, leaving the rest of society to their fate.
Now, it seems Galt is in Venezuela.
The bookstore that used to be down the street from your house had to pay taxes on its sales, while for years Amazon didn’t. Any wonder which side won, and which lost? If this is “fair and square” we come dangerously close to saying that might-makes-right of Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin. No wonder Ayn Rand types love Amazon.
David Studwell’s Sweeney Todd wins our sympathies as an easy-on-the-eyes bearded Everyman at home in the dingy London tenements of the 1940’s. However, Studwell’s character doesn’t live in that persona. Ayn Rand might find his transitions to the iconoclastic demon barber of Fleet Street so effective that she’d just have to get over the central conceit likening cannibalism to capitalism.
That at the center of Fight Club is a quest for unadulterated machismo is particularly eye-rolly, a concept that is only rivaled by the anti-subtlety of Ayn Rand’s oeuvre.
Dave Brat, the man who rid the government of Eric Cantor, but who believes that the biggest problem with organized religion is that it doesn’t more closely resemble a private-equity firm, and also Ayn Rand Rocks!
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Democrat Karen Keiser is an education-reform advocate and a health-care-reform defender. Her Republican opponent is an Ayn Rand acolyte and “longtime recycler.” Can we be done with this one now? Vote Keiser.
Bennington Vale Evening Transcript
Since the 1970s, San Narciso County has staged an elaborate historical reenactment of Columbus’ critical role in bringing what the Ayn Rand institute called “reason, science, self-reliance, individualism, ambition and productive achievement” to a people who were based in “primitivism, mysticism and collectivism.”
The house hugged a gorge and a creek and had the feeling, a bit, of the Frank Lloyd Wright creation, Fallingwater. Although looking at the mini canyon and all these Republicans, I couldn’t help think of Ayn Rand’s Galt’s Gulch, a place of conservative mythology. It’s where the successful fled in her novel Atlas Shrugged, peeved at the government and the moochers.
Oklahoma Daily (U of OK, Norman)
Ayn Rand, distinguished author of works such as “Anthem” and “Atlas Shrugged,” defines objectivism as “the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.”
It’s this sort of philosophy that acts as a guiding force behind the most recent addition to OU’s group of clubs.