My parents are G-d and Ayn Rand. I forget who said that but it could have been me. 50 Years ago, Atlas Shrugged was published.
If Rand was alive today she would be apoplectic over the appeasement to savages. Her treatise seemed outrageous when she published it. Today, it seems tame in comparison to what is happening in the war on Islamic jihad. But she called it. She called it all.
I often quote Rand, "when you have civilized men fighting savages, you support the civilized men, no matter who they are."
Kick back and watch Rand with Mike Wallace;
I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.
Much thanks for Tiger Hawk reminding me that Atlas Shrugged turns 50 today. How brilliant, prescient Rand was. She defined my epistemology and helped to teach my how to think, question and deduce. This blog pays tribute everyday - in its very existence.
Rand ought to be required reading starting with We the Living. Throw the leftarded trash out of the classrooms and replace it with the exalted individualism, self reliance, meritocracy.
Read all of Tiger's post here; hat tip Larwyn
..... Atlas Shrugged, was published fifty years ago.
"Who is John Galt?"
More than 700,000 copies of Rand's books sold in 2006, 25 years after her death. Several years ago, when the Modern Library published readers' choices for the best novels of the 20th century, four books by Rand made the list: "Atlas Shrugged" (No. 1), "The Fountainhead" (No. 2), "Anthem" (No. 7) and "We the Living" (No. 8).
A survey in 1991 by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club found "Atlas Shrugged" the second most influential book in the United States. The Bible was first.
"Centuries ago, the man who was ”no matter what his errors” the greatest of your philosophers, has stated the formula defining the concept of existence and the rule of all knowledge: A is A. A thing is itself. You have never grasped the meaning of his statement. I am here to complete it: Existence is Identity, Consciousness is Identification." This passage is part of the radio broadcast delivered by John Galt to the people of America in Part Three, Chapter VII.
More on my journey with Atlas.
I came to Atlas Shrugged in a very personal way. Atlas Shrugged was the favorite book of my dearest friend, a brilliant lawyer for the city of New York. A girl who I immediately bonded with at 11 years old and who remained my dearest, most precious friend (of which I have few) until she died of ovarian cancer 8 years ago July 22nd. I owe her more than I could ever say or repay. I loved her unconditionally and she me. She gave me Atlas. Thank you Bonnie.