Christian Science Monitor
…tastes differ most widely when it comes to music and books, less so with TV shows and destinations or landmarks. Favorite books among Democratic supporters are “The Great Gatsby,” “The Color Purple,” and “The Hobbit,” while Republican backers are big fans of “Heaven is for Real” and – no surprise here – “Atlas Shrugged.”
New York Times - First Draft
Few will be surprised to learn that Republicans identify with the dystopian, pro-capitalism tome “Atlas Shrugged,” while Democrats prefer “The Great Gatsby,” which focuses on the corrupting influence of wealth. But they find common ground in the Old Farmers Almanac and the “Hunger Games.”
Republicans like Atlas Shrugged, George Washington’s Mount Vernon plantation, George Strait, Duck Dynasty and Dr. Ben Carson.
Today's Zaman (Turkey)
Brilliant Russian writer Ayn Rand says, “Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).” Will we see them as “our values” one day?
USA Today - On Politics
Political authors are predictably right and left, but two popular authors —poet Maya Angelou and astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson — are even more popular with Democrats than liberal thinkers Noam Chomsky and Rachel Maddow. Democrats like The Great Gatsby, The Color Purple and The Hobbit, while Republicans like Atlas Shrugged and Heaven Is for Real.
New York Times
Let me clarify from the outset that I never discovered a much-loved copy of “Mein Kampf” or “Atlas Shrugged” in a romantic interest’s underwear drawer, or had it revealed to me that a favorite book — say, “Pride and Prejudice” — was so loathed by a beau that he had to be ejected out of my bed, my heart, or even my life.
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The Guardian (London)
If you want to understand the Murdochs of this world then read Ayn Rand’s book Atlas Shrugged. She has a quiet cult following among those who run the world, who just want great people to be able to do great things. In Rand’s world, those with talent who are allowed to use it freely, unencumbered by regulation and bureaucracy, will benefit us all.
It’s a compelling, if naïve, picture; unregulated markets cannot discriminate between greatness and power. The heroes and heroines of Rand’s books are paragons of integrity – trusting them to use their wealth and power to do great things is a no-brainer. But as John Steinbeck wrote in Cannery Row, in our system as it really exists, “those traits we detest – sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest – are the traits of success”.
Rand’s fictional champions would be stomped all over by ruthless power-seekers and empire-builders in a truly laissez-faire economy.