ATLAS SHRUGGED TURNS FIFTY
"Man's basic vice, the source of all his evils, is that nameless act of blanking out, the willful suspension of one's consciousness, the refusal to think - not blindness, but the refusal to see, not ignorance, but the refusal to know."
---John Galt, Atlas Shrugged
What can I say? I am a fan. Ayn Rand is also the reason I came to America. I read the Fountainhead, became interested in modern architecture and wanted to see skyscrappers and Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. I met my husband and stayed. We spend a portion of our cross country honeymoon visiting Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. A few weeks ago, we had dinner with a young Indian scion. I happened to mention Ayn Rand. He knew her books. His mother introduced her to him just as I had done with my daughter. It is a small wonder the Library of Congress readers listed her as the book that influenced them most after the Bible.
Not surprisingly, she has many fans in the bloggersphere. She would have been a superb blogger. Her criticism of MSM and academia is right on the money and her warning about the dangers of investing in"robber states" could have never been more relevant. The American Atlas has not yet shrugged but we all remember the devastation which occurred when she did.
As Tibor Machan writes "the world is far better off with Ayn Rand’s artistic and philosophical contributions than it would be without them. I am certainly very glad that I ran across them in my youth."
And so am I and we are not alone.
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