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I read some of it. It was pretty funny, even though I never read Atlas Shrugged.

Very funny stuff Michael, aren't you like a horror writer?

Maybe you should venture into new horizons, conquer the untried and take a leap of faith into something fresh.

How daring are you Mr Prescott? :-)

I always found the funniest thing about Ayn Rand was the people who took her seriously.

No offense to your former self, Michael

I loved this line:

GALT: A is A.

Pandemonium erupts. All the VILLAINS fall down dead.

It's been years since I read Rand. I'm strangely ambivalent about her today. Though I think she's kind of a tragic figure, if not a complete nut-case, her books opened my eyes in many ways. I think she was my first introduction to 'big thoughts', and I still agree with many of her conclusions. As much as I disagree with her fundamental premises today, her books did provide some needed direction to me at the time. I owe her some thanks for that, though I've grown beyond her since.

I think she was largely correct in identifying the dangers of the dominant thinking that she railed against, especially the horrors of socialism that, as it played out, proved to be quite on target. She made a terrible mistake in thinking that she or anyone else could provide a system of philosophy that could solve the ills of the world though.

I've though about her often over the years, and I think that what it comes down to is that though she attempted to portray the ideal heroic man as perfect reason exemplified, she had a very dark view of humanity in general. For someone who complained so much about contradictory thinking, she displayed no little of it herself. Strange, strange woman.

Charlie Rose replayed several excerpts of interviews with Buckley last night, one of which was an anecdote about the National Review book review of Atlas. The reviewer demolished the book, famously saying that there was an undercurrent throughout where one could almost hear a narrator quietly whispering, "To the gas chambers, go!" Buckley didn't write the criticism, but he said Rand never spoke to him again for allowing it to go to print. Typical Rand.

Anyway, it's an amusing piece Michael. I'm not sure it's too far off from what the final script will be, since they're trying to condense a massive, sweeping novel into two and a half hours. You might send it to the producers. You never know.

Help me! I dearly want to get the joke, but reading that book would no doubt be paying too high a price! What to do, what to do?

When I taught economics I took three scenes from Atlas Shrugged and put them in play form for the students to read. It worked for a few years, but by the end I figured for them to understand it I would have to rephrase it as student's vocabulary in the last few years had dropped to the point where they can't understand anything beyond the fornication word.

I love Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead,having read them many times, although I obviously have issues with her materialist philosophy. Also, it's hard to imagine her heroic characters having either parents or children.

What's great about her novels is the powerful individualism in the face of collectivism, the great dramatic scenes, and the naked men and women who will stand facing each other in a bedroom and before performing con brio they will exchange 30-minute polemics on their sexual philosophy!

Ayn Rand was a one-of-a-kind. Her books helped me learn how to stand my ground against political, scientific, and religious authorities, when my direct personal experience is on the table.

It has been widely speculated that Angelina Jolie has Borderline Personality Disorder, the same psychological malady that Rand suffered from.

Ayn Rand is the Pied Piper of BPD.

There seems to be a disorder for everything these days.

Being "happy" most of the time, is probably another disorder that should be added to the list, there are many people who would consider this "abnormal" too.

How about being "comical" no doubt there is a deep seated reason for being this way too, so we should come up with a disorder name for that as well.

Eventually when we look at ourselves in the mirror and all we will see is "disorders".

We can thank our wonderful psychiatrists who need our money desperately to keep them employed. The more disorders they can come up with the greater income they derive, the better lifestyle they have, while everyone else is medicated and labelled with a disorder....

Not to mention how much money the pharmeceutical companies make,they keep coming up with new pills that may or may not work but continue to use them knowing the risks they are imposing to the health of the unsuspecting souls.

One too many suicides have occured from "disorders" and many are the results of new medication changes or the poison in them.

That's so well said, Hope. I'd only add that those with the most severe disorders may be those busy labeling others.

Oddly enough, I think that's the essence of what Ayn Rand failed to grasp.

Jeremy Northam for John Galt Petition

If you would like to see the brilliant Jeremy Northam as John Galt in
the movie "Atlas Shrugged", please sign this petition which is being
sent to Baldwin Entertainment, executive producers of the film.

My choice for John Galt is Kevin McKidd ("Vorenus" on the HBO series Rome).

I'm not familiar with Jeremy Northam, but I'll take a look.

Hailing from the UK, I have to inform you that over here we've never heard of Ayn Rand. But I looked her up on Wikipedia. Looks like she would be a Richard Dawkins supporter, except she'd probably tell him he's a coward for trying to overcome his selfish genes.

Thats funny Ross :-)

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