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Our First FReeper Book Club: Atlas Shrugged
A Publius Essay | 15 January 2009 | Publius

Posted on 01/15/2009 10:32:08 AM PST by Publius

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To: shove_it
The bully spent so much time drinking and whoring with his Mafia wannabe buddies that he never bothered to study. During semifinal and final exams, he developed a way to cheat. He would tap me on the shoulder for the question, for example, 3 taps on my left shoulder and 4 taps on my right shoulder meant Question #34. I would reach behind and tap him on the knee once for A, twice for B, etc.

During my sophomore finals, I got tired of this and fed him an egregiously wrong answer. He punched me in the back. I then fed him another wrong answer, but one that might have been correct. He accepted it.

By feeding him wrong answers through the entire series of finals, I flunked him out and never heard from him again.

Beware Nerd Power!

51 posted on 01/15/2009 11:04:22 AM PST by Publius (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.)
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To: GeronL
someone should be establishing a Galts Gulch ....

I hear there is one in the Smokies.)

52 posted on 01/15/2009 11:05:31 AM PST by BARLF
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To: Publius

Outstanding! Sign me up!
:0)


53 posted on 01/15/2009 11:06:31 AM PST by shove_it (and have a nice day)
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To: Publius

Please add me to the ping list.

Re-read Atlas Shrugged starting the day after the election.


54 posted on 01/15/2009 11:06:48 AM PST by LouD
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To: bk1000

Are you in?


55 posted on 01/15/2009 11:06:57 AM PST by Publius (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.)
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To: GeronL

Are you in?


56 posted on 01/15/2009 11:08:10 AM PST by Publius (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.)
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To: MrB
read Hayek’s “Road to Serfdom”

Thanks for the tip. It's in my A.com cart.

57 posted on 01/15/2009 11:08:34 AM PST by AmericanGirlRising (Buying carbon credits will not get me into Heaven. I am second - http://iamsecond.com/#/home/)
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To: Tanniker Smith

I just got the audiobook of this a few weeks back, and will be listening to it on my way to work nights.

Thank you for the ping.


58 posted on 01/15/2009 11:09:06 AM PST by Darkwolf377
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To: RaceBannon

Are you in?


59 posted on 01/15/2009 11:09:17 AM PST by Publius (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.)
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To: GeronL
Is this the one you're talking about?

http://www.amazon.com/Makers-Takers-conservatives-generously-materialistic/dp/038551350X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1232046551&sr=8-1

60 posted on 01/15/2009 11:10:01 AM PST by AmericanGirlRising (Buying carbon credits will not get me into Heaven. I am second - http://iamsecond.com/#/home/)
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To: suthener

Are you in?


61 posted on 01/15/2009 11:10:13 AM PST by Publius (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.)
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To: BARLF

I wish they would let me in


62 posted on 01/15/2009 11:11:13 AM PST by GeronL (A woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood)
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To: GOP Poet

Are you in?


63 posted on 01/15/2009 11:11:20 AM PST by Publius (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.)
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To: Publius

put me on the ping list


64 posted on 01/15/2009 11:11:25 AM PST by Taffini (Mr. Pippin and Mr. Waffles do not approve)
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To: Army Air Corps

THE POLITICS OF ECONOMIC DESPAIR, by Robert Gellatley?


65 posted on 01/15/2009 11:11:36 AM PST by AmericanGirlRising (Buying carbon credits will not get me into Heaven. I am second - http://iamsecond.com/#/home/)
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To: Publius

I’d like to be on the book club list!


66 posted on 01/15/2009 11:11:48 AM PST by Flamenco Lady
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To: Publius

Interesting. My own personal take on the technology of AS is that it was set in the 30’s and is a commentary on the inevitable outcome of New Deal type policies. That it came out in the mid-50’s is unfortunate timing.

FWIW, although I have read it, a less daunting manner in which it can be experienced is the Modern Library audio book version (still hefty) read by Edward Hermann, hits the high points pretty well.

There is a unabridged audio version out there as well, but 37 cassettes!


67 posted on 01/15/2009 11:12:54 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: AmericanGirlRising

I think so.. don’t remember the book being red/blue though... it was rereleased?


68 posted on 01/15/2009 11:13:48 AM PST by GeronL (A woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood)
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To: Publius

Ping please.


69 posted on 01/15/2009 11:13:52 AM PST by BruceysMom ("Where knowledge is folly...")
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To: Publius
What chapter are we in?

In the sequel - if there had been one

70 posted on 01/15/2009 11:14:29 AM PST by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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To: Publius

yes. but I might be off and on.


71 posted on 01/15/2009 11:15:20 AM PST by GeronL (A woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Are you in?


72 posted on 01/15/2009 11:15:20 AM PST by Publius (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.)
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To: Publius

Please put me on the list, as long as I don’t have to actually READ Galt’s long speech at the end. I’d rather do 100 pushups; it would be easier to get through.


73 posted on 01/15/2009 11:15:43 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Publius

Add me, just finished it and would love to discuss.


74 posted on 01/15/2009 11:15:51 AM PST by SoftballMominVA
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To: maine-iac7

Are you in?


75 posted on 01/15/2009 11:16:36 AM PST by Publius (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.)
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To: Publius

Many times in the past a FR book club has been tried. Your approach sounds like it might make it. Sticktoittiveness seems to make a big difference.

I read Atlas in high school and again a couple of years ago. Atlas needed a cutthroat EDITOR.

Would be pleased to be added to your ping list....


76 posted on 01/15/2009 11:17:10 AM PST by WHATNEXT? ((Are they going to call him Mr. or Pres.?))
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To: Publius

Guess I could start on ‘Atlas’ a third time. Just got busy and never finished it ... twice! I’ve read ‘The Fountainhead’ twice and absolutely love that one.


77 posted on 01/15/2009 11:17:30 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life ;o)
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To: GeronL

Perhaps it has been re-released:

# Publisher: Doubleday (June 3, 2008)


78 posted on 01/15/2009 11:18:04 AM PST by AmericanGirlRising (Buying carbon credits will not get me into Heaven. I am second - http://iamsecond.com/#/home/)
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To: Liberty Valance

You can enjoy it by marking and skipping the soliloquies.
Go back and read them when you’re done.


79 posted on 01/15/2009 11:18:33 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: Publius

Life-imitating-art-before-they-both-die ping!
I’m in. Read it several times over the years. Time to start living it now.


80 posted on 01/15/2009 11:18:37 AM PST by Starfleet Command
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To: MrB; AmericanGirlRising

Concur regarding TRTS, I consider it to be one of the most important books of the twentieth century.

If you’ve never read anything by Thomas Sowell, by all means do so.


81 posted on 01/15/2009 11:19:08 AM PST by George Smiley (Palin is the real deal.)
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To: Publius

Time to read again. We are sure to relive that book with Zero in the WH.


82 posted on 01/15/2009 11:19:21 AM PST by MtnClimber (You don't have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,)
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To: AmericanGirlRising
Nope. I am reading Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler : The Age of Social Catastrophe.
83 posted on 01/15/2009 11:19:40 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Publius

Good Idea Pubius, please add me to the FR Book Club ping:
My reading list is long and getting longer, I use Amazon Wishlist to keep track of what I want to read.

Some of my most recent reads included:

Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy...by M. Stanton Evans

The Venona Secrets, Exposing Soviet Espionage and America’s Traitors by Herbert Romerstein and Eric Breindel

Comrade J by Pete Earley


84 posted on 01/15/2009 11:20:02 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: Publius
30 threads over a period of 30 weeks to cover the entire book

Supposedly, the long awaited mini-series is to be aired on NBC in June - with Angelina as Dagney (which isn't good sign)

But, hopefully, enough of the message will leak through to wake some people up...

85 posted on 01/15/2009 11:20:25 AM PST by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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To: Publius

Add me please.


86 posted on 01/15/2009 11:21:06 AM PST by sarasota
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To: Publius

I re-read it last summer. Should be fresh enough in my mind to be a part of this discussion. Please add me to the list.


87 posted on 01/15/2009 11:22:04 AM PST by r-q-tek86 (The U.S. Constitution may be flawed, but it's a whole lot better than what we have now)
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To: MARTIAL MONK

I done did rread this one about 3 years agoo, it be long, but the men be hot.


88 posted on 01/15/2009 11:22:46 AM PST by Taffini (Mr. Pippin and Mr. Waffles do not approve)
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To: Publius

Just bought it! Add me to the list please.

Thank you!


89 posted on 01/15/2009 11:23:34 AM PST by CTGOPPER (Don't blame me, I voted for Sarah!)
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To: Publius

Just bought it! Add me to the list please.

Thank you!


90 posted on 01/15/2009 11:23:35 AM PST by CTGOPPER (Don't blame me, I voted for Sarah!)
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To: Publius

Sign me up.


91 posted on 01/15/2009 11:23:37 AM PST by George Smiley (Palin is the real deal.)
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To: George Smiley

I’ve read as many of T Sowell’s books that I can get my hands on.

Everyone who wants to understand the lib mindset (and you need to understand them to defeat them) needs to read “Conflict of Visions”.... twice.


92 posted on 01/15/2009 11:23:42 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: George Smiley
I enjoy Sowell's columns, but have never read one of his books. Any recommendations on which to choose first?

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Thomas+Sowell&x=0&y=0

93 posted on 01/15/2009 11:24:26 AM PST by AmericanGirlRising (Buying carbon credits will not get me into Heaven. I am second - http://iamsecond.com/#/home/)
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To: Publius

Sure, can’t have enough pings.


94 posted on 01/15/2009 11:24:49 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

Have you read Anthem?


95 posted on 01/15/2009 11:24:58 AM PST by r-q-tek86 (The U.S. Constitution may be flawed, but it's a whole lot better than what we have now)
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To: Tanniker Smith

I’ve participated in on-line “reading groups” before and I’ve enjoyed them. However, this book isn’t really my cup of tea for a read. It’s apparently dated in terms of historical development with too many anachronisms. Since I pretty much stick to history books I don’t think I can suspend my disbelief enough to read it.

However, I will lurk on the threads for the philosophical discussion, which I expect will be quite enlightening. Feel free to ping me when the new chapters are posted for discussion.

Thanks for starting the group and also for the invite.


96 posted on 01/15/2009 11:26:35 AM PST by henkster (When I was young I was told anyone could be President. Now I believe it.)
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To: maine-iac7
In the sequel - if there had been one


97 posted on 01/15/2009 11:26:42 AM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: Publius
Atlas Shrugged is too dated to work without a total rewrite.

Mine are not only up to date, they are a few years ahead.


98 posted on 01/15/2009 11:26:43 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: The Louiswu

Atlas shrugs, we the living and the Fountainhead all helped to shape who I am. I read them a zillion years ago and only recall certain small aspects about her philosophy. (A is A objectivism etc.)She was a brilliant mind and those who only get the atheistic part of it have missed much of her philosophy which is a slight variation of free market capitalism, IMHO.


99 posted on 01/15/2009 11:27:42 AM PST by rodguy911 (HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE--GO SARAHCUDA !!)
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To: Publius

Well-written synopsis. Please include me in your club. While I may not have the liberty to participate at a level I want, and I certainly can’t guarantee any measure of erudiition when I do, I am always eager to monitor an intellectual exercise this ambitious.


100 posted on 01/15/2009 11:28:03 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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