Is Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged scenario coming true?

John F. Floyd writes in the Gadsden Times:

Are we in the early death throes of this wonderful country? This question would not have entered my mind five years ago. The United States had its problems in 2007, but the solutions seemed simple; consequently, there were no major concerns. Fast forward to 2012, and the possibility of events spinning out of control are infinite.

When I read Ayn Rand’s book “Atlas Shrugged” the first time, dismissal of her perceived cataclysmic death of the United States was easy. The author doesn’t mention the U.S specifically, but it is easy to draw the conclusion the U.S. was in her thought process. However, her vision of events and what is happening contemporarily in the United States is eerily parallel.

“Atlas Shrugged” should be required reading for every American. I decided to read the book for the second time, and it is what I call an “all-day sucker.” It consists of 1,168 pages, with 46 lines to a page, and is heavy reading. The book weighs about 200 pounds, so don’t plan to do any reading on an airplane, because carrying it through airports is difficult. Homeland Security told me it was a weapon.

I know most people will never read “Atlas Shrugged,” therefore a limited summarization is called for. Remember, everyone who reads a book creates an individual interpretation. The following is my interpretation.

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Though I’m pretty sure he’s the only reader who didn’t notice Atlas Shrugged was, um, set in the United States of America.

About Joshua Zader

Joshua Zader is co-founder of Atlas Web Development and founder of The Atlasphere, a networking directory and dating service for admirers of Ayn Rand's novels with over 20,000 members from around the world.
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  • http://twitter.com/ilovegrover Thane_Eichenauer


    Are we in the early death throes of this wonderful country?”  Who are the we and why should I care if the US government dies?  There are huge assets sitting fallow that the US government prevents productive people from utilizing.  There are as many people who would (or already do) happily create hundred’s of peaceful and productive Galt’s Gulchs if the “wonderful country” died.  

  • http://twitter.com/ilovegrover Thane_Eichenauer


    Are we in the early death throes of this wonderful country?”  Who are the we and why should I care if the US government dies?  There are huge assets sitting fallow that the US government prevents productive people from utilizing.  There are as many people who would (or already do) happily create hundred’s of peaceful and productive Galt’s Gulchs if the “wonderful country” died.