Atlas Still Shrugs

 Posted by on 10 August 2009 at 1:01 pm  Activism
Aug 102009

This morning, I noticed this super-positive review of Atlas Shrugged by Terry Savage of It begins:

Who is John Galt?

If that doesn’t ring a bell–or even if it slightly jogs your memory–I have a summer reading recommendation for you during this lazy month of August.

I’m in the midst of re-reading Atlas Shrugged, the legendary novel first published in 1957 by Ayn Rand. It reads as if it were written this month–and that’s only the first shocking thing that will strike you if you’re brave enough to attempt this 1,100-page work of art.

I remembered its influence it had on me when I read it as a teenager, and it strikes with new force as I read it today in the context of Obamacare, wage and car “czars,” and multibillion-dollar “cash for clunkers” payouts, and amid headlines decrying profits, bonuses, speculation, and well, financial success.

If the comparisons don’t strike you within the first 100 pages, you can stop reading. But if every page leaves you wondering how this novel could have been written 50 years ago, when it so perfectly depicts our own times, then I won’t have to exhort you to finish.

I’m about one-third of the way through, and as I reread through more mature eyes and in today’s context, I find it even more compelling. I’m sure I will have more to say on this blog in coming weeks.

Go read the whole thing — and then please write a positive comment to encourage her to write more! (The registration process is rather onerous, but you can post an anonymous comment. I did that, then left my name.)

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