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Fiction to Fact in 52 Years : ‘Atlas Shrugged’

January 12, 2009

Because of this article I have started reading the book.  I hope I am not too depressed after reading this work.  Anything valued by enough people to rank 2nd in popularity to the Bible needs to be read.  Do I hear an Amen?

Atlas Shrugged

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Rand, who had come to America from Soviet Russia with striking insights into totalitarianism and the destructiveness of socialism, was already a celebrity. The left, naturally, hated her. But as recently as 1991, a survey by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club found that readers rated “Atlas” as the second-most influential book in their lives, behind only the Bible.

For the uninitiated, the moral of the story is simply this: Politicians invariably respond to crises — that in most cases they themselves created — by spawning new government programs, laws and regulations. These, in turn, generate more havoc and poverty, which inspires the politicians to create more programs . . . and the downward spiral repeats itself until the productive sectors of the economy collapse under the collective weight of taxes and other burdens imposed in the name of fairness, equality and do-goodism.

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  1. Publius permalink
    January 12, 2009 7:33 pm

    You will not regret reading it, though as I point out in my post on the same subject and article, you may opt to bail on the radio address at some point. Good book.

    The man who stopped the motors of the world.

    • 1familyman permalink
      February 5, 2009 7:55 pm

      I finished reading Atlas Shrugged. Amazing. I’ve been checking out the Objectivism sites and . A substantial following. It could be called a religion, in the broad sense of the word . . . and I say it with respect . . . though they might rebuff it. Anyway. My eldest daughter is reading it now.

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