Is Atlas Shrugging?


Whether you agree with Ayn Rand’s philosophy or not, her novel Atlas Shrugged has touched the lives of millions and influenced many of today’s center-right thinkers. As was noted in the Wall Street Journal noted yesterday:

Book sales for “Atlas” have always been brisk—and all the more so in the past few years, as actual events have mirrored Rand’s nightmare vision of economic collapse amid massive government expansion.

Rand’s belief in the primacy of the individual over the collective has garnered her vilification from some on the Right and many, especially, on the Left. Yet, there is no denying that Atlas Shrugged’s portrayal on the devolution of society at the hands of the Left was prescient as it was one of the most cogent attacks on the excesses of liberalism. Today, it seems as though the lines of fiction and reality have blurred in our nation.

Today, the film Atlas Shrugged, Part One opens nationwide, which is a faithful adaptation of Part One of her 1957 novel.

To wet your whistle, we offer you, Atlas is Shrugging, a new short film by Ben Howe.


If you are a fan of Atlas Shrugged, go see the movie. You won’t be disappointed.

In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.–Ayn Rand

Cross-posted at RedState.

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  1. Thanks for everything you do and in particular for pointing out the importance of Ayn Rand. Not a perfect human being but dead on about the collective mentality.

  2. Thanks for sharing this. I definitely plan to see the film and I will write about it after. I finally did the essay after reading so much commentary on other sites and realizing many people who write about Rand haven’t read her. Strange, that! best, Kay

  3. She was almost as off in her prescriptive reasoning as Marx, if less bloodily, but in her critique, she was far superior to almost all modern social critics, save perhaps y Gasset, and she was more influential than all save Marx and perhaps the Freidmans.


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