Have you read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged?
June 23, 2009 9:59pm CST
If you have - what are your opinions on the ideas set forth in the book? If not, have you heard of it...and when are you going to read it? lol Here is a link to a wall street journal article on the book: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123146363567166677.html
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Jun 09
I read both Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead probably about 20 years ago. I actually remember The Fountainhead better. I vaguely remember a lot about rewarding creativity and denouncing government (and other) interference. Probably time to go back and re-read them...
30 Jun 09
Oh, I love George Orwell. 1984 deserves to be called a master piece, but I think that the Animal Farm is even better, if that's even possible. It's scary how much of 1984 that actually has come true... I believe it's time we did something. The world isn't going to change itself, but demonstrations don't seem to work. Anyone know some other way of changing the society without use of violence? I'm getting paranoid when I'm downtown, cause there's literally cameras EVERYWHERE!
• United States
1 Jul 09
I do not know how to change the world except one person at a time...I believe that we are in the beginings of the end times. That is a whole 'nother discussion. If you change yourself and share what you know to be the truth...with those who care to listen...perhaps when it does all come down to the big ultimatum...you will stand without fear.
27 Jun 09
I'm reading it right now, I've only got a few chapters left. The book is certainly interesting and well written. It's indeed about capitalism and industrialism, but also about a kind of justice. At first I thought that Dagny Taggart (the leading character) was very cold and almost cruel since everything seemed to be about money. After I had read a few chapters, though, I came to see the true meaning of the book and - being an individualist - understood that the views in the book are quite similar to my own. As stated in the book, I believe that every person doesn't have an obligation to sacrifice herself for someone else. Of course, you can sacrifice yourself if you want to, but you should never be forced to give up something you love for someone you do not love. The book is filled with anti-collectivism, individualism and maybe just a hint of anarchism. Rand's way of writing is also very good, it's filled with colorful depictions and well thought out arguments. I truly recommend you to read it, although you may get a headache before you've gotten into the "deeper" parts of the book. Nevertheless, it's certainly a well written little gem and one of my favorite books.
• United States
25 Jun 09
Hi, Debrak! I had to read this in high school, and I loved it. However, I didn't like the greed and cynicism of the author's philosophy. In fact, I think that was a strong influence on my quest for altruism and helping others before myself. Still, it's an amazing book. Each year, there's a contest for rather a lot of money for high school kids to write critiques and reviews, but few are willing to attempt such a long and difficult book.
• United States
31 Mar 11
Admittedly I haven't finished this book, but I have loved reading it so far. I would consider myself to be on the left side of the political spectrum, but this book is extremely compelling. I don't find all of Rand's points to be valid, but it certainly makes for good discussion with my friends (I'm making them read it too :D)