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“Atlas Shrugged” Producer Talks About What Ayn Rand Meant to Him

Nancy1258 Wrote: Oct 14, 2012 7:42 AM
If you pick up a copy of the book at a library and don't want to go through the entire novel, I would recommend reading the chapter "This Is John Galt Speaking." It is the most complete, perceptive, and fundamental explanation of the principles of Objectivism. I also believe this is the only "ism" based entirely on the nature of man and his responsibility to be authentically human in his life on earth. The atheism that seems to turn some off from Rand is only a small part of her philosophy, but her rejection of the control of religion over personal lives is certainly worth thinking about.
Dan 292 Wrote: Oct 14, 2012 10:05 AM
I, with Rand, reject the control of 'religion' over our personal lives, but I cannot reject the presence and power of God in and through our personal lives. There is a difference.

There are only a few books that have proven as ageless and important as Ayn Rand’s novel, “Atlas Shrugged.” Even now, the book- which was originally published in 1957- is routinely the subject of political debates. It has even received renewed attention during this political season because of Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s longtime fondness for Rand’s work.

The book’s political importance- many conservatives have publicly noted how it helped inform their political beliefs- is not to be understated and its success should not be underappreciated.

But although the book has proven to be a beloved conservative novel, its...