Ayn Rand’s novel, Atlas Shrugged, was published in the USA for the first time in 1957. It is a fine work, and I recommend it to anyone.
FrontPageMagazine.com has a piece up noting this, titled Atlas Shrugged, at 50, which was written by Onkar Ghate. From Ghate’s piece.
To give a taste of its radicalness, consider that today it’s bromidic that the person of virtue is akin to Mother Teresa; he selflessly lives to serve others and demands that you do the same. Likewise, the person of vice is selfish; he pursues his own interests and demands that his actions bring him a profit. Whenever a television show or movie needs a stock villain, one whose evil motivation will require no setup, you can be sure a businessman erecting an office building on a patch of green land or a corporation testing an experimental drug will be penciled in. Simply to point out that they are pursuing profit is sufficient to damn them. More murders on television are committed by businessmen than by mobsters and gang members.
This entire viewpoint, entrenched for centuries by religious and secular thinkers alike, Atlas challenges. What emerges from its pages is that the moral person is, in fact, truly selfish: He chooses to embrace his own life by choosing to purposefully, systematically and unwaveringly do the thinking and take the actions necessary for happiness.
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