Last time I was in Chicago, I got on a train in “The Loop”, to see a young girl, sitting opposite me reading a copy of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”. Sales of this classic book, first published in 1957, are going ballistic.
I first read this book in 1976, my first year out of High School. Brought up, as I was, on New Zealand welfare state socialism, free milk and a sense of eternal entitlement, it was like being hit around the head with a cricket bat.
While I think Ayn Rand’s militant atheism misses the mark, her grasp of political philosophy, sociology, human nature and the principles of liberty are first rate.
As the negative effects of 100 years of “progressivism”, (sent into overdrive under Obama), impact on America, “Atlas Shrugged” looks more like prophecy every day.
Anybody who believes in liberty, whether you’re an atheist, agnostic, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu or Sun Worshipper should take the time to read this book.
A documentary on the novel is coming out soon.