“Comcast Shrugged”? Sounds Like the Worst Ayn Rand Book Ever. Mark Cuban: “If Ayn Rand were an up and coming author today, she wouldn’t write about steel or railroads, it would be net neutrality.”
New Indian Express (Chennai)
by Ayn Rand.
I read this book when I was in high school and it filled me with a sense of grandeur and purpose. Howard Roark is a monolith of integrity.
About the book.
This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. This edition contains a special Afterword by Rand’s literary executor, Leonard Peikoff which includes excerpts from Ayn Rand’s own notes on the making of ‘The Fountainhead’.
In her influential 1957 book, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand posited the notion that productive industrialists, bowing under the weight of socialist government and welfare statism, might one day decamp and set up business on their own, in some hidden enclave. The rest of the world, which had claimed a moral right to the redistribution of the wealth created by the producers, collapsed, while the producers themselves thrived in isolation. The idea: producing the means to live is both necessary and deeply moral. Taking that production away from the producer, or enslaving them, is inherently immoral.
To what extent we agree with this sentiment is not today’s topic.
The theory goes that allowing companies to pay for these so-called “fast lanes” will hurt innovation and allow big companies to keep getting bigger. Cuban compared that to the same kind of government regulation that nationalized the railroads in Ayn Rand’s famous novel “Atlas Shrugged.”
Entertainment Weekly - PopWatch
Jonathan Irons is pretty much Frank Underwood from House of Cards without the accent. He runs the Atlas Corporation—a private military company with a name so Randian it’s not even a spoiler—and smooth-talks you into his employ.
Pitt News (U of Pittsburgh)
…BioShock consistently explores themes such as racism, sexism, religion and morality. The first game even satirically eschews the philosophies of Ayn Rand — the antagonist in the game is a strict follower of laissez-faire economics — right around the time of her return to political discourse.
…the Baby Name Critic was sent this chart, from the Randian Costco of websites, Vox.com.