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P.J. O’Rourke: Atlas Shrugged. And So Did I
Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/6/2011 | P.J. O'Rourke

Posted on 04/12/2011 12:07:14 PM PDT by GSWarrior

Atlas shrugged. And so did I.

The movie version of Ayn Rand’s novel treats its source material with such formal, reverent ceremoniousness that the uninitiated will feel they’ve wandered without a guide into the midst of the elaborate and interminable rituals of some obscure exotic tribe.

“Atlas Shrugged” presents other problems for a moviemaker. The book was published in 1957 and set in an America of the future. But time seems to have taken a U-turn, so that we’re back in a worse Great Depression with a more megalomaniacal business competition-loathing FDR-type administration. All sorts of things have been uninvented, such as oil pipelines so that oil has to be shipped by rail, railroads being the dominant form of transportation. Airplanes exist, but knowing where to fly them apparently doesn’t, because a secret hidden unknown valley in the Rocky Mountains figures in the plot, which also hinges on a substance that’s lighter and stronger than steel. This turns out to be a revolutionary new steel alloy! Because Rand forgot about plastics.

The “Atlas Shrugged” movie simply accepts these unimaginative imaginings. No attempt is made to create a “future of the past” atmosphere as in the movies about Batman (a very unRandian figure, trapped in his altruism costume drama). Nor is any attempt made to update Rand’s tale of Titans of Industry versus Gargantuas of government.

An update is needed, and not just because train buffs, New Deal economics and the miracle of the Bessemer converter are inexplicable to people under 50, not to mention boring. The anti-individu

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1 posted on 04/12/2011 12:07:16 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior

Hey PJ. You made me shrug!


2 posted on 04/12/2011 12:24:51 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (It is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; ~Vattel's Law of Nations)
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To: GSWarrior

Just one persons opinion. I and thousands of others will watch and make up our own minds. Then a decent discussion can come out of it.


3 posted on 04/12/2011 12:26:05 PM PDT by fish hawk (I'm an Atlas Shrugged Conservative)
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To: GSWarrior
While I'll withhold my opinion of the movie 'til I've seen it, O'Rourke pretty well sums up my thoughts on Ayn Rand (and her devotees) when he writes:

But I will not pan “Atlas Shrugged.” I don’t have the guts. If you associate with Randians—and I do—saying anything critical about Ayn Rand is almost as scary as saying anything critical to Ayn Rand. What’s more, given how protective Randians are of Rand, I’m not sure she’s dead.

The woman is a force. But, let us not forget, she’s a force for good. Millions of people have read “Atlas Shrugged” and been brought around to common sense, never mind that the author and her characters don’t exhibit much of it. Ayn Rand, perhaps better than anyone in the 20th century, understood that the individual self-seeking we call an evil actually stands in noble contrast to the real evil of self-seeking collectives. (A rather Randian sentence.) It’s easy to make fun of Rand for being a simplistic philosopher, bombastic writer and—I’m just saying—crazy old bat. But the 20th century was no joke. A hundred years, from Bolsheviks to Al Qaeda, were spent proving Ayn Rand right.

4 posted on 04/12/2011 12:34:13 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Publius
ping

Not much of a review. Mr. O'Rourke sounds as if he is a disciple of Ellsworth Toohey offering criticism of one of Howard Roark's buildings.

5 posted on 04/12/2011 12:37:25 PM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: Joe 6-pack

When I heard Atlas Shrugged was being set in the present day, I knew it would present problems.


6 posted on 04/12/2011 12:37:45 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior

WAIT!

Don’t pan the article until you’ve read it.

It is a very respectful piece.

And if you won’t read it, at least read this part:

““Atlas Shrugged” presents other problems for a moviemaker. The book was published in 1957 and set in an America of the future. But time seems to have taken a U-turn, so that we’re back in a worse Great Depression with a more megalomaniacal business competition-loathing FDR-type administration. All sorts of things have been uninvented, such as oil pipelines so that oil has to be shipped by rail, railroads being the dominant form of transportation. Airplanes exist, but knowing where to fly them apparently doesn’t, because a secret hidden unknown valley in the Rocky Mountains figures in the plot, which also hinges on a substance that’s lighter and stronger than steel. This turns out to be a revolutionary new steel alloy! Because Rand forgot about plastics.”

Dude. That’s funny.


7 posted on 04/12/2011 12:39:17 PM PDT by golux
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To: Joe 6-pack
I enjoyed this comment, sort of Randian

* Ima Producer wrote:

Ayn Rand was the philosopher who called for an end to human sacrifices and cannibalism.

Ayn Rand was the philosopher who stated that reality exists.

Ayn Rand was the philosopher who stated that happiness not suffering can and should be the emotional state of mankind.

Ayn Rand was the philosopher who believed that freedom with its codification of the rights to life, liberty and property is the basis of a moral government.

Those who vilify Ayn Rand (and those individuals who through reason, not faith, have come to share these values) attack these beliefs and values. What does that say about what they believe in?

8 posted on 04/12/2011 12:40:01 PM PDT by BillGunn (Bill Gunn for Congress district one rep. Massachusetts)
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To: golux

“An update is needed, and not just because train buffs, New Deal economics and the miracle of the Bessemer converter are inexplicable to people under 50, not to mention boring. The anti-individualist enemies that Ayn Rand battled are still the enemy, but they’ve shifted their line of attack. Political collectivists are no longer much interested in taking things away from the wealthy and creative. Even the most left-wing politicians worship wealth creation—as the political-action-committee collection plate is passed. Partners at Goldman Sachs go forth with their billions. Steve Jobs walks on water. Jay-Z and Beyoncé are rich enough to buy God. Progressive Robin Hoods have turned their attention to robbing ordinary individuals. It’s the plain folks, not a Taggart/Rearden elite, whose prospects and opportunities are stolen by corrupt school systems, health-care rationing, public employee union extortions, carbon-emissions payola and deficit-debt burden graft. Today’s collectivists are going after malefactors of moderate means.”


9 posted on 04/12/2011 12:40:35 PM PDT by golux
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To: BillGunn

One thing I enjoy about a lot of Randian purists is that they reject organized religion, but treat any negative remarks toward Rand as the highest form of blasphemy.


10 posted on 04/12/2011 12:44:56 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: GSWarrior

I think he makes a very valid point. Atlas Shrugged was an eye-opener for the times. This movie may miss that opportunity and we will be all shrugging that all of what is happening today is just normal.


11 posted on 04/12/2011 12:47:42 PM PDT by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: fish hawk

It will be hard-pressed to top the 1942 Italian release of We The Living, IMO.


12 posted on 04/12/2011 12:50:43 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: golux

>Political collectivists are no longer much interested in taking things away from the wealthy and creative. <

Bravo Sierra!

It’s called taxation and regulation dear author.


13 posted on 04/12/2011 12:55:42 PM PDT by Califreak (You can't go swimming in a baseball pool)
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To: GSWarrior

Especially since trains today are a talisman for collectivists.


14 posted on 04/12/2011 12:58:07 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Hoodat

I just read ‘The Fountainhead’ a few weeks ago. I came to despise Toohey so much that I laughed when he got his at the end of the book.


15 posted on 04/12/2011 1:00:12 PM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Change everything you are, everything you were, your number has been called.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
One thing I enjoy about a lot of Randian purists is that they reject organized religion, but treat any negative remarks toward Rand as the highest form of blasphemy.

Hence, PJ's hesitance to raise any real criticism.

Rand rejected the idea of God as degrading to man. And she thought of agnosticism as cowardice. While I agree with her on many things, this is not one of them. In the end, her subjectivism reduces to an enshrining of self-centered behavior as the highest good. It is not. And it is not the same as enlightened self-interest. It leads to humanity without soul and thus it will be no surprise if the move comes across as flat, worthy of a shrug.

But I'll wait to see it before making up my mind.

16 posted on 04/12/2011 1:00:23 PM PDT by newheart (The trouble ain't too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right. -Mark Twain)
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To: GSWarrior

At least Willie Green will like it and give it 5 stars for featuring lots of choo-choos.


17 posted on 04/12/2011 1:04:29 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: ADemocratNoMore; Aggie Mama; alarm rider; alexander_busek; AlligatorEyes; AmericanGirlRising; ...

This review is mixed, but well worth reading.


18 posted on 04/12/2011 1:33:29 PM PDT by Publius
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To: golux
Me thinks there is a point here!

While the leftists are always and incessently shrieking about "the rich"....the quantitative measure of the word "rich" somehow eludes them. But the "rich" remain the targets of the active left...not the bombasic left.

So...to help our socialist, communist friends on the left, I'll quantitatively define both "wealthy" and "rich" as they apply to the actual ... not rhetoric targets.

Rich - Gross Income of $48,500 to $99,900 annual.
Wealthy - Gross Income of $48,500 to $100,000 annual.

Of course, the "rich" and the "wealthy" can be both decried against verbally, and raped financially. We all want that, right???

But those above these numbers are the "untouchables" and are to be bitterly inveighed against verbally, but left entirely alone otherwise....except, of course, to approach - hat in hand - for contributions.

See??? Easy!

19 posted on 04/12/2011 1:43:59 PM PDT by Logic n' Reason ("I'm an expert on life...after shit happens." (Dead Like Me))
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To: GSWarrior

Having read it, I wonder whether it might not work better as a black satirical comedy. I mean, the villains are almost without exception evil clowns, but they’re still clowns.


20 posted on 04/12/2011 1:44:24 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: Califreak

Exactly. They can only solve budget problems by raising taxes. THey can’t raise them high enough. That’s their ONLY solution to everything. They can’t stand it that some people wind up with more than others. They like it when they are liberal and have a lot, because they give money to their political causes though. Never badmouth rich liberals. Usually like themselves.


21 posted on 04/12/2011 1:47:12 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: GSWarrior
... you have to give the participants credit for showing up.

I presume they were given money for showing up. I can stay home and watch "The Quiet Man" again for free.

22 posted on 04/12/2011 1:52:12 PM PDT by Tax-chick (If you believe, you will see the glory of God.)
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To: GSWarrior

PJ O’Rourke has made a trademark of damning with faint praise. If this review was a simple paean, he wouldn’t get nearly as much chance to show us how witty he is.


23 posted on 04/12/2011 1:59:29 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: sasquatch

PJ ping.


24 posted on 04/12/2011 2:03:29 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: golux

pj sure can turn a phrase.
The left proclaims to be champions of the middle class while they pull up the ladder of opportunity behind them.


25 posted on 04/12/2011 2:11:03 PM PDT by griswold3 (Character is destiny)
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To: Publius
P.J. needs to focus less on the technology and more on the state-ism.
26 posted on 04/12/2011 2:21:55 PM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: shove_it
>"P.J. needs to focus less on the technology and more on the state-ism."

The glittering shiny new toys have stolen his imagination.

27 posted on 04/12/2011 2:49:28 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (It is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; ~Vattel's Law of Nations)
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To: GSWarrior

The absolutely worse part of the book besides Ayn’s turgid at best writing style is that she refused to use an editor. That’s how we end up with a 100 page screed by Galt. That book could have been shortened by over 200 pages without missing anything.

The Fountainhead is better although Roark gets an over 10 page screed plus the writing has improved but I’ll never accept Roark raping Dominique because Roark knew they both wanted it.

If you want to read one of her books that isn’t pages of screeds and black and white characters, try, “We the Living”. It shows post revolutionary Russia for what it really was and although the story is bleak, it is well written.


28 posted on 04/12/2011 3:00:02 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I haven’t read Rand. I have known some cultists, er, admirers, but wouldn’t dare criticize the book if I felt inclined to do so.

And why criticize something so many people love. It would be mean and serve no purpose. But I probably won’t see the movie and husband won’t see it if they don’t have cell phones.


29 posted on 04/12/2011 3:30:53 PM PDT by altura ( Palin/Ryan 2012)
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To: Lx

Totally agree. We The Living is her best work.


30 posted on 04/12/2011 3:45:45 PM PDT by GSWarrior (Nothing changes if nothing changes.)
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To: GSWarrior

I’m not a Randist-Objectivist or someone who has even read Atlas Shrugged. I do have the book though, and plan to wade through it some time. I did read The Fountainhead, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Ditto for the movie. O’Rourke makes a huge error (i.e. the crack about Adam Smith not writing a book that could be made into a move) in forgetting that many people do not read books. They do go to movies...if they’re interesting enough. If the movie is good enough, the message will get through. And a further tuttutting to P.J., the Marxists are still after the rich. To be sure, they’ll take money from anyone, but they would still like to stick it to the wealthy.


31 posted on 04/12/2011 4:07:17 PM PDT by driftless2 (For long-term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: driftless2
I am not an Randian/Objectivist either. Atlas Shrugged is a pretty good read. There are some very memorable parts.

The blurb on the back cover of my copy says "A book you will want to read over and over." Uh, no it's not.

32 posted on 04/12/2011 4:10:46 PM PDT by GSWarrior (Nothing changes if nothing changes.)
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To: altura
"I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I haven’t read Rand. I have known some cultists, er, admirers, but wouldn’t dare criticize the book if I felt inclined to do so."

I have read it and found it to be a significant piece of literature, profound even, but like any human endeavor, not without it's flaws.

"And why criticize something so many people love. It would be mean and serve no purpose."

Others might say the same thing about the works of Karl Marx or Anton Lavey, and I would disagree with them as well. I'm certainly not comparing Rand to either of them, but when somebody weighs into the arena of ideas, and tenders to the world a philosophical proposition, criticism is healthy. Rand arrives at many positive conclusions, but also has, IMHO, a number of flawed premises, particularly in the area of God and religion. I'm probably going to see the movie, but like her literature (and pretty much anything else I encounter in life) I'm going to form my opinions and judgments on it, and discuss and debate them as I see them.

Having not seen the movie, I can't comment on O'Rourke's remarks, but I have to say I largely agree on his assessment of Rand, and especially many of her followers.

33 posted on 04/12/2011 4:21:28 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: driftless2
FReeper Book Club: Introduction to Atlas Shrugged
Part I, Chapter I: The Theme
Part I, Chapter II: The Chain
Part I, Chapter III: The Top and the Bottom
Part I, Chapter IV: The Immovable Movers
Part I, Chapter V: The Climax of the d’Anconias
Part I, Chapter VI: The Non-Commercial
Part I, Chapter VII: The Exploiters and the Exploited
Part I, Chapter VIII: The John Galt Line
Part I, Chapter IX: The Sacred and the Profane
Part I, Chapter X: Wyatt’s Torch
Part II, Chapter I: The Man Who Belonged on Earth
Part II, Chapter II: The Aristocracy of Pull
Part II, Chapter III: White Blackmail
Part II, Chapter IV: The Sanction of the Victim
Part II, Chapter V: Account Overdrawn
Part II, Chapter VI: Miracle Metal
Part II, Chapter VII: The Moratorium on Brains
Part II, Chapter VIII: By Our Love
Part II, Chapter IX: The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt
Part II, Chapter X: The Sign of the Dollar
Part III, Chapter I: Atlantis
Part III, Chapter II: The Utopia of Greed
Part III, Chapter III: Anti-Greed
Part III, Chapter IV: Anti-Life
Part III, Chapter V: Their Brothers’ Keepers
Part III, Chapter VI: The Concerto of Deliverance
Part III, Chapter VII: “This is John Galt Speaking”
Part III, Chapter VIII: The Egoist
Part III, Chapter IX: The Generator
Part III, Chapter X: In the Name of the Best Within Us
Coda: Ten Years After
Afterword and Suggested Reading
34 posted on 04/12/2011 4:41:37 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Secret Agent Man

>They can only solve budget problems by raising taxes.<

It’s long past the point of fixing budgets. IMO, they’re trying to just suck up all the wealth and grab everything for the increasingly oppressive state. It really makes me mad.

(I don’t really have anything for them to take, but I don’t begrudge those who do)


35 posted on 04/12/2011 8:13:00 PM PDT by Califreak (You can't go swimming in a baseball pool)
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To: GSWarrior

I’ve read it three times...


36 posted on 04/12/2011 8:16:03 PM PDT by Califreak (You can't go swimming in a baseball pool)
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To: Califreak

It’s all about wealth redistribution to the people they want to get other folks’ money.

That’s why you can’t ever cut entitlements without it beign the end of the world. that’s why you can’t cut foreign aid. It’s all flowing to the people they want it to flow to.

It probably is time for CWII. Before the whole shebang is beyond salvage.


37 posted on 04/12/2011 8:33:12 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

We might get CWII whether we want it or not. I’ve felt like the powers that be are trying to provoke just such an event for their own nefarious ends. Probably to get even more of our stuff in the process. It makes me sick.


38 posted on 04/12/2011 8:38:38 PM PDT by Califreak (You can't go swimming in a baseball pool)
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To: GSWarrior
Because Rand forgot about plastics.

Riiiggghht. Plastic rails.

We will see a lot of this - the moochers will be in full battle mode for two reasons: though they cannot understand what Rand is saying - in quite plain English - they know they're on the losing side and it frightens them, rather like little kids who fear the boogie man in the closet.

They are also afraid of mirrors - and Atlas Shrugged is a giant mirror. The moochers really don't want to look themselves in the face.

39 posted on 04/12/2011 9:11:50 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("We stand together or we fall apart" mt)
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To: fish hawk
Then a decent discussion can come out of it

Not with the naysayers that will scream to the rooftops against this finally having made it to the screen.

One does not have 'decent discussions' with people who have little to no decency.

Their loud condemnations will be great publicity. More people will become aware of it and see it.

One also doesn't waste time and breath in answering them for it would be wasted energy and allow them-to think they mattered.

Remember what Howard Rourke (Fountainhead) said to - oh, what was his name, the little weasel who had done everything he could to destroy Rourke? He came upon Rourke on the bridge and said, gloating over his actions: "We're alone here. You can tell me what your think of me."

Rourke said, simply: "But I don't think of you."

Totally deflated the idiot. That is Rand's message as to handling the cretins.

Let them stew...

40 posted on 04/12/2011 9:24:28 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("We stand together or we fall apart" mt)
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To: Califreak

They have charted more than one way to their goals. If nobody stops them politically, they get what they want because they will destroy the country. If it turns into CWII, they get what they want because it destroys the country.


41 posted on 04/12/2011 9:40:35 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: mad_as_he$$

Morning,
A movie review by PJ is somewhat like a book review by Charlie Sheen.
The nearest theater showing Atlas Shrugged on Friday is...
San Jose.


42 posted on 04/13/2011 6:32:32 AM PDT by sasquatch
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To: Lx
The absolutely worse part of the book besides Ayn’s turgid at best writing style is that she refused to use an editor. That’s how we end up with a 100 page screed by Galt. That book could have been shortened by over 200 pages without missing anything.

"Yes, at first I was happy to be learning how to read. It seemed exciting and magical, but then I read this: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I read every last word of this garbage, and because of this piece of s**t, I am never reading again." - Officer Barbrady (South Park)

43 posted on 04/13/2011 6:40:45 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

I love that part, especially when he holds up the book. Too funny.


44 posted on 04/13/2011 7:11:09 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: sasquatch

lol..From what I hear it might be worth the trip.


45 posted on 04/13/2011 7:36:18 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: Hoosier Catholic Momma
I just read ‘The Fountainhead’ a few weeks ago.

My mom gave me that one when I was in architecture school because she thought it was about an architect. I've loved Rand's work ever since.

Take a look at Anthem sometime. By far the shortest of the four Rand novels, but the best of the four IMHO. I think of it as having been set in the years after Atlas if the strikers had never come back.

46 posted on 04/13/2011 1:48:18 PM PDT by r-q-tek86 ("It doesn't matter how smart you are if you don't stop and think" - Dr. Sowell)
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To: r-q-tek86

I read ‘Anthem’ fairly recently (last 6 months or so, I think). I loved it. I need to buy a copy of that for my husband, who loved ‘Atlas Shrugged’ and now has my copy of ‘The Fountainhead.’ I read ‘The Fountainhead’ in a week, but I was always an overachiever as a child ;)


47 posted on 04/13/2011 2:05:16 PM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Change everything you are, everything you were, your number has been called.)
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To: All

I liked the official trailer,,I hope it sells out. Those being negative are worried the movie might stir even further interest in the book.


48 posted on 04/13/2011 2:26:32 PM PDT by CharlotteVRWC
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To: Hoosier Catholic Momma
Did you know that the rock band Rush set Anthem to music... sort of. 2112 is their interpretation.

I used to read Anthem when I needed inspiration in architecture school. It only takes an hour or so to get through.

The copy I have has the “as published” version as well as Ayn's final mark-up. I haven't looked at the marked up version in a while, but I remember it being interesting.

49 posted on 04/13/2011 3:28:46 PM PDT by r-q-tek86 ("It doesn't matter how smart you are if you don't stop and think" - Dr. Sowell)
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To: Logic n' Reason

You’re missing more qualifiers for the ‘rich” liberal and conservative


50 posted on 04/14/2011 6:46:08 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Prayers for missing Marizela Perez. Prayers for her safe return.)
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