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Re: Ayn Rand is for teens

posted at 5:59 am on October 26, 2012 by

Lots of things are for teens and young adults — Twilight, Hunger Games, and the certainty that they’ve somehow uniquely discovered sex.  I’m not sure I’d put the nearly 1000-page turgid prose that is Atlas Shrugged into that same category.  Besides, if Obama had truly read and comprehended it, he would have understood Rand’s vision of capitalism and free markets as the vehicle that would deliver the greatest good to the greatest number of people. You can disagree with Rand’s proposition, but if you read Atlas Shrugged and take away the message that the rich do nothing but think about themselves and eat the poor for lunch, well, I’d say you have a comprehension problem.

I think Rand oversimplified things in that book, which is amazing given the length of the novel.  I also strongly disagree with her atheism and her dismissal of personal charity.  However, neither of those make Atlas Shrugged teen fare, nor do they negate some of her other points about the nature and overall beneficence of free markets as compared to command economies.

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