Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hero of the Day: John Galt

  So with all the economic turmoil and Bailout Bolshevism, it's easy to start wondering if this is the last hurrah for America (hell, I started thinking that when the last Superman movie refused to utter the phrase "Truth, Justice, and the American Way," replacing the last part with "all that stuff.")  But there is a little bit of hope when you consider that Atlas Shrugged has been steadily climbing the bestseller list at Amazon.com. Not bad for a book published in 1957. (And considering that one of its competitors is Watchmen, and Twilight, which are riding high on recent movie success. And considering that the former takes a swipe or two at Ayn Rand, we have ourselves a race!). Atlas is #1 on the fiction list, and moving around #16/#17 at last count on the overall list. It remains to be seen just how much of a real impact this will have, hopefully more than a symbolic teabagging of Washington. Ideas have to have application in reality, otherwise, we're just counting angels on pinheads. Will people really "Go Galt"? (We'll see what happens on April 15; I'm not holding my breath.) And since Rand wrote Atlas Shrugged so that it would NOT be prophetic, I'm not so happy that we had to get to this point for the book to have this kind of popularity; it's for all the wrong reasons. This, after allis the book that wrote the Bill of Rights for heroes. But since it is making an impact, there's a bit of hope. Hope floats, they say, but right now, I'll take what I can get, and fight for the rest. So with that in mind, here's to the Heroes of the Day: Ayn Rand, John Galt, Francisco D'anconia, Ragnar Djanneskold, Midas Mulligan, Richard Halley, Hugh Akston, Dagny Taggart, Hank Reardon, Eddie Willers, and the entire Galt's Gulch Orchestra...


 Shine on.

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