The Objective Standard
I could spend pages describing the flaws of Atlas Shrugged III: Who Is John Galt?, but there’s no point in doing so. Instead, I’ll mention only a few of the more obvious problems.
Arc Entertianment will release the final installment to “Atlas Shrugged” in 240 theaters. The last two installments have flopped at the box office even though the Ayn Rand novels have been popular. The first two installments have made a combined $8 million. The latest installment has obtained terrible reviews and as a result, “Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who Is John Galt?” is likely to open with less than $1 million.
The most surprising thing about the Atlas Shrugged trilogy is that they actually got the third installment made. Based on Ayn Rand’s final tome, each film in the trilogy has featured a different director and a different cast. This final film only got made through a Kickstarter campaign that raised close to $500,000 towards the budget.
And that’s where The Sims just works astoundingly well, as a massive sandbox where there are no limits. It’s the Ayn Rand fairy tale of games, an experience where your hard work eventually pays off and you rise to the top. But to do so, you’re going to have to know your character inside and out. You’re going to have to monitor their needs, take advantage of bouts of manic inspiration and keep the anthropomorphic Lemmings in line.
Montrose Daily Press
In reading Henry Hazlitt’s “Economics in One Lesson” (Ayn Rand is featured on the cover with the statement, “A magnificent job of theoretical exposition”), I’ve been puzzled over the argument that increased mechanization in manufacturing does not have an adverse effect on employment.
Express-News (San Antonio, TX)
Extravagant, opulent, and over-the-top, Houmas House showcases the lavish lifestyle of a sugar baron. “The Sugar Palace” is overflowing with Kelly’s obsessive collection of fine antiques, precious objects of art and oddities, including a Civil War-era submersible torpedo boat, voodoo death mask and vampire slaying kit that once belonged to Ayn Rand.
It’s like the bogus conflict of the individual versus society. What’s with the versus? Individuals can only flourish in strong collectivities where the basics are looked after and personal gifts can then be nurtured. You’d need your Ayn Rand ideological blinders on to think otherwise.