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'Atlas Shrugged'; Liberals Whined

GPeyton Wrote: Aug 28, 2012 11:52 AM
I feel sorry for anyone who can't enjoy Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead; it says more about them than about the novels themselves.
cindobindo Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 5:36 AM
So you are saying that Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead are absolutely perfect novels, so anyone who does not enjoy them is some kind of flawed character? The only flaw is that they don't agree with YOU in your enjoyment of them. I am sure that there are some delightful people out there who didn't enjoy either novel. (I didn't, but I am the village crazy woman.)
Spikeygrrl Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 9:38 AM
cindo: Name me ONE thing in your own life that has to be "perfect' before you value it. C'mon, just ONE thing.
America is Over Wrote: Aug 28, 2012 8:10 PM
When I was in my 20's, we passed a copy of Fountainhead around at work. Whenever it was returned, the reader would comment something to the effect of "Thanks. I needed that."
Spikeygrrl Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 9:36 AM
In Vito: I can't even COUNT the number or Rand books I've lent out and never gotten back. But then again, I only lend them out to folks I have already determined are ready for them. So when they don't come back I just smile and buy another copy -- a VERY small price to pay for spreading the word.

The only other book I can say that about is Heinlein's _The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress_. In my young husband's 8-year (so far) military career, he has burned through 15 "lent" to other rising NCOs who are intellectually and politically ready for it. It's a minor expense which we undertake gladly, knowing that these folks will pass on their own first copies when it's time to :)
Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan to be his running mate. Since his teens, Ryan has been a big fan of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged." In 2005, he told The Atlas Society that the novel shaped his "values system" -- and that speech has launched a number of recent columns by liberals aghast at Ryan's taste in literature.

"Almost everybody in the conservative movement has read Ayn Rand. She gives a moral dimension to defending the free enterprise system," alternate delegate Bill Evers of Stanford's Hoover Institution told me Monday morning as the California GOP delegation gathered.