Ayn Rand

Go See Atlas Shrugged!

April 18, 2011

In Theaters, April 15, 2011
In Our Hands, November 6, 2012
– FreedomWorks Video on Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged, Part 1 based on Ayn Rand’s famous novel about freedom and the people who make the world work was released in a limited number of theaters on April 15. Most mainstream media reviews about the movie were negative. No surprise there. One can hardly expect a critic with a leftist outlook to embrace the ideas in this movie.

For a more informative article about the movie read Mark Skousen in Human Events:

The message of the film (and the novel) is clear: If the government intervenes too much in the economy, things can only get worse. As Ludwig von Mises stated, “Middle of the road policy leads to socialism.” In the movie, the action takes place in 2016, when the Dow has fallen below 4,000, gas prices exceed $37 a gallon, and the infrastructure is collapsing. Naturally, government officials and statist economists (Paul Krugman types) blame the troubles on greedy selfish capitalists.

Parallels to America under Obama’s reign are unmistakable. FreedomWorks created a mash-up of the movie and the Obama & Co. speeches that shows the connection between the movie and our predicament today:

I saw the movie last weekend and I found it a worthy effort. Whether the second and third parts of the movie will be made will depend largely on the success of the first part. So go to the movie’s website and find a theater near you to go see Atlas Shrugged!

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What if Atlas Shrugged?

January 8, 2010

John Stossel discusses how Ayn Rand’s classic “Atlas Shrugged” applies to the times we live in. He talks with John Allison, Chairman of BB&T Bank, the ninth largest American bank.

Part 2 includes a discussion of who the villains in Atlas Shrugged are in today’s world:

Part 3 on Ayn Rand, questions from the audience, the role of government and the meaning of self-interest:

Part 4: The Nanny State, “Safety Second, Freedom First”, politicians nibbling at freedom, and the dictatorship of the majority:

Part 5: More discussion of the nanny state, what types of rules make sense and the danger of seemingly innocent rules:

Part 6: Atlas Shrugged sales surge when government grows. How capitalism has benefited us all. Let people act in their own self-interest.

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