State Press (AZ State U)
By the end, the moral dilemmas faced by the film’s intensely likable protagonists as well as its comically evil villains have disturbing implications. Virtue proves to be as damaging as malice; humanitarianism reaps many of the same outcomes as Ayn Randian selfishness, as if the film’s titular train did not call back enough to “Atlas Shrugged” already.
Death and Taxes
But wait, she has a companion. Potentially John Galt. Here they are, isolated from each other in different glass chambers, getting ready for … what, exactly?
Ah, an end of the world piano concerto.
Apparently, the One57 lifestyle—and, to make a sweeping generalization, the “luxury lifestyle”—is a lonely Randian post-apocalyptic fantasy. All for the low price of $54 million.
Most notably included on the list are classics such as “Catch 22,” “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Lord of the Rings.” It is hard to believe that such coveted titles are abandoned by readers, but Goodreads has found that these classics are usually left to collect dust before the final page is turned.
New York Magazine
s Paul Ryan an earnest, fiscally responsible wonk looking to make government more efficient, or an Ayn Rand–influenced ideologue determined to stop government from taking rich people’s money? This has been a long-standing debate between people like me and Ryan’s admirers in the political press corps. It is also a question of long-standing debate with Ryan defenders on the center-right like Ross Douthat, who once again defends his faith in Ryan’s hidden, subtextual, implied, or yet to fully emerge pragmatic impulses. Since Douthat likewise takes another opportunity to eye-roll my more direct, text-based reading of Ryan’s ideology (“a Randian Ryan or an apocalyptic Ryan or any other interpretation of his record Chait prefers”), the time seems right to summarize the evidence for my case.
So, here are seven things Paul Ryan has done that suggest Ayn Rand has influenced him…
September, the producers of Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who Is John Galt? launched a Kickstarter campaign that ended up raising $446,000 to help fund the final installment of the film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel about a world driven to the brink of collapse by
overweening redistributionist government. The predictable response was cheap jokes from people whose (mis)understanding of Rand only went as far as: “She’s that scary chick who valorizes businessmen and the market.” Detractors assumed that asking people to freely
support something they valued was altruistic and therefore un-Randian.
You can still turn it around. It’s not too late. You can start to listen to guys like Elon and The Donald, repatriate your manufacturing, re-employ your skilled labor. You can pass laws to make the 19th Hole Bosses read The Great Society and Atlas Shrugged.