An increasing number of Americans see their society devolving into a nightmare scenario like the one Rand projected over a half century ago.
Atlas shrugged or What happens when the Looting runs Dry.
Ayn Rand & The Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged – Official Film Trailer
“I’m challenging the moral code of altruism, the precept that man’s moral duty is to live for others, that man must sacrifice himself to others, which IS the present day morality.” Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged is a feature length documentary film that examines the resurging interest in Ayn Rand’s epic and controversial 1957 novel and the validity of its dire prediction for America. Set in what Novelist and philosopher Rand called ‘the day after tomorrow,’ Atlas depicts an America in crisis, brought to her knees by a corrupt establishment of government regulators and businessmen with political pull. Despite critical scorn and continued derision from intellectuals on all sides of the ideological spectrum Atlas has remained a popular favorite and today sells more copies than it ever did.
Atlas Shrugged Part 2 Teaser Trailer AtlasShruggedPart1 – AtlasShrugged Part 2 in theaters Fall 2012
“… the ideals in the story are the opposites of what most people are taught is right and good.”
“Rand’s defense of rational egoism is an absolute must for any thinking person to comprehend. Her uncompromising defense of liberty is a vital message in this and every day. Her vision of the heroism of production is right in line with what I believe and what we try to teach people to realize in their own lives …” Doug Casey
Excerpt from: Doug Casey on ‘Atlas Shrugged’
Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator
July 13, 2012
(…) This is part of why I think things will get much worse before they get better; there simply is not enough understanding of economics, production, savings, and freedom by the average guy. The entire global socioeconomic structure is riddled with rot, right to its core. It needs to be scrapped, so something better can replace it. But we’ll likely get something even worse next. The bad news is that we’re going through the wringer. The good news is that, if we make it through the wringer, there’s a chance something better will materialize. Eventually.
It’s like in Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand’s story in which the productive people in society go on strike and the economy collapses.
L: If that was a prediction, it hasn’t culminated yet, but she sure does seem to have seen it coming.
Doug: As in all good science fiction, Rand successfully anticipated a lot of things. Even though she wrote the book back in the 1950s, she posited the existence of biometric security devices, the economic extraction of shale oil, new high-strength metal alloys, and a sonic weapon developed by the government to subdue the population. (…)
She was especially prescient with the socioeconomic aspects of the dystopian future she painted. Actually, she was far too conservative about how powerful the US government would become. On the macro level, she hit the nail on the head, writing that the final economic collapse would start in the more collectivized European countries before hitting the US. On the micro level she was spot on, writing about back-room deals between corrupt corporate CEOs and their cronies in Washington; she anticipated Goldman Sachs conniving with Nancy Pelosi. And on the individual level, I can’t count the thousands of times I’ve seen people act in ways Rand depicted in her novel. Heroic people struggling to innovate and create wealth; the intellectually dishonest refusing to question their superstitions; hypocrites who go through mental gymnastics to make excuses for themselves; and just plain dirtballs acting the way they always do.
But in some ways, she underestimated how far beyond bad, how totally ludicrous, things would get. In today’s USA, Dagny would never get to tear out all that old rail track and put in some new, controversial metal. That was a salable concept back in the 1950s, but today, OSHA, EPA, and a host of federal, state, and local authorities would kill the idea before it got off the drawing board. Entirely apart from the fact that Amtrak, a disaster that’s in some ways even worse than the post office, now controls most of the US rail system. In fact, in a fascist economy, like what we now have in the US, the state really controls all property. You only have nominal ownership of your property.
Full Transcript of interview HERE: http://lewrockwell.com/casey/casey128.html
Copyright © 2012 Casey Research
“Atlas Shrugged is not a prophecy of our “unavoidable” destruction,
but a manifesto of our POWER to avoid it,
if we choose to change our course.”
Ayn Rand – Is Atlas Shrugging? LibertyPen
Do you want to live in the world of Atlas Shrugged?
Prof. Jennifer Burns, University of Virginia – English with French subtitles
“Well, why should anyone read ancient Greek and Roman classics? They’re timeless precisely because they are not about the vicissitudes of the day, but are looking into the essence of human nature. That’s why they’re every bit as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago. The nature of life. The nature of ethics. I’d rather read something like that than almost anything of transient importance in the media today.” – Doug Casey
Ayn Rand – A leading Lady of the Classical Liberal Tradition
Excerpt of Ayn Rand’s Final public address to a group of businessmen in 1981
(a few months before she passed away):
Destroying Capitalism from Within – Ayn Rand explains the destructive forces working against capitalism.
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From her grave, AYN RAND might be saying to Americans and to the world:
“I told You so !”
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