“The opportunity to play a great literary heroine doesn’t come along every day. It certainly wasn’t something I was going to pass up,” said Laura Regan of her starring role as Dagny Taggart in Atlas Shrugged: Part III, the third film adapted from Ayn Rand’s famous novel. …
“I knew of her, and I had heard of the book and I knew a little about Ayn Rand’s ideas,” she explained. “This was something I could sink my teeth into. It’s not something that was just invented within the world of the film itself. This had broader kind of ripples that rippled out into society. It’s such an influential book. It’s one of the most sold books in the world, in the top ten…And then to bring it to the screen, where it would get to an even bigger audience. Which I think is the power of film.
The American Prospect
…the GOP is now, more emphatically than ever, the party of “I got mine, and the rest of you can go to hell.” Ayn Rand is smiling.
Southeast-Brewster Patch (NY)
Wynand learned something essential to his later success in his youth. If he ever hoped to be able to say “I do run things around here,” then he would have to bow his head for now. He must bide his time. He must wait. He learned to swallow his pride even when he had to take orders from the inept. Wynand decided to show the utmost respect for his superiors even when he did not have a feeling of deep admiration for them elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements—he was respectful even when that respect was not genuinely felt.
After years of obediently kowtowing, after decades of paying careful attention to his place, Wynand was finally able to say “I do run things around here.” The same is true for anyone.
Her father really wants her to connect with one of the Ivy League-bound boys at Kellerman’s, but none of them share her desire to pursue a social justice lifestyle. (To wit: when one of these jerks hands her a copy of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, Baby’s like, “Fuck you, bro.”)
…contains numerous examples of this. Such books as “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead” read more like libertarian propaganda pamphlets than novels, and their characters come off as cartoonish. On the left and…
Back in the early 1950s Greenspan became a member of Ayn Rand’s inner circle. His essay “Gold and Economic Freedom” was published in Rand’s newsletter The Objectivist in 1966 and in her book, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal in 1967. He even read Atlas Shrugged while it was being written.
In case you’re confused, yes… it’s the same Alan Greenspan.
In the “Gold and Economic Freedom” essay, he wrote: “… gold and economic freedom are inseparable, that the gold standard is an instrument of laissez-faire and that each implies and requires the other.”
[Colin Larson:] …many assume I selected the name “Atlas” from the Ayn Rand novel “Atlas Shrugged.” While I have nothing against the novel (except for its length, perhaps), the name was actually taken from the Atlas District neighborhood in D.C….
Does anyone in this industry, besides the Ayn Rand-Alan Greenspan types, think this trend would have occurred if FRA had not instituted, and enforced, mandatory and random drug and alcohol testing?
Times-News (Erie, PA)
There’s an autographed photo of Raymond Hood, the designer of Rockefeller Center, who’s thought to be the model for architect Peter Keating in Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead.”