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A Reader’s Guide to Atlas Shrugged, Part 2 Spoiler Alert: You do not need a reader’s guide to Atlas Shrugged—at least not for your first reading. Ayn Rand’s novel is clear, compelling, eminently readable, and perfectly comprehensible on its own terms. Yet Atlas is also a rich and complex novel, with an intricate plot in […]

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Where Is John Galt?

A Reader’s Guide to Atlas Shrugged, Part 1 You do not need a reader’s guide to Atlas Shrugged—at least not for your first reading. Atlas Shrugged is not like the Bible. The Bible is full of diversions that seem inexplicable or that don’t seem to advance the story, because their meaning has been obscured through […]

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The University Utopia

Three Paradoxes of American Politics, Part 2 Just after November’s election, I posed three paradoxes of American politics, asking why certain demographic groups make up reliable voting blocs for the left, even though the pro-free-market ideas of the right have so much to offer them. I have begun to revisit these paradoxes. In part one […]

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A Philosophy for Teenagers

The nomination of Paul Ryan, a noted Ayn Rand fan, as the Republican Party’s vice-presidential candidate has inspired some increased discussion of Rand’s ideas and writings. But not all of it has been edifying. The latest unedifying contribution is a brief comment by President Obama in a fawning interview with Rolling Stone. Asked, “Have you […]

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The Mainstreaming of “Atlas Shrugged,” Part II

The second installment in the Atlas Shrugged movie trilogy opens in theaters next week. Thanks to the producers, I got to see the official premier of the film in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. Let’s start with the bottom line: the second installment is better than the first in nearly every respect. If you want to […]

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The “Les Misérables” Adaptation

Back in January, I wrote a long article (now up on the new site) about the news that a movie version of the musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables was about to begin filming. At the time, it was too early to offer anything but the vaguest speculation about how the film would turn […]

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Why There Is No Liberal “Atlas Shrugged”

Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate has set off a fresh new set of articles on the influence of Ayn Rand, and it has sent her magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, back to the top of the Amazon best-seller lists. Though Ryan has recently abjured Ayn Rand’s philosophy in favor of […]

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Did Paul Ryan Throw Ayn Rand Under the Bus?

From TIA Daily, by way of RealClearMarkets. Seven years ago, at an event celebrating Ayn Rand’s magnum opus Atlas Shrugged, Representative Paul Ryan talked effusively to a crowd of die-hard Objectivists—proponents of Ayn Rand’s individualist philosophy—of her influence on his thinking. “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had […]

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How to Keep Atlas from Shrugging

Originally published in TIA Daily. I recently described the real-life parallels to events in Atlas Shrugged. But as Ayn Rand once said, part of the novel’s purpose was to prevent it from becoming prophetic. To understand how we can prevent the novel from becoming a full description of events in the current day, we have […]

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How Was the Movie? It Was a Great Book

Originally published in TIA Daily. I’ve been surveying the reviews for the movie version of Atlas Shrugged, and I’ve noticed something odd about them. Most reviews say little about the movie itself and focus instead on criticizing or praising the book. It is as if the reviewer were asked, “So how was the movie?” and […]

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