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dislikes, quite as heartily as she does.” Statism in all its many forms, the welfare state, liberal sanctimoniousness, the culture of dependency: most conservatives are at one with Rand in regarding them with a jaundiced eye. And it is precisely this element in Rand’s world view—her rejection of what Tocqueville called Democratic Despotism—that has given her work a new lease on life among “tea partiers” and others who challenge the newly regnant statism in America. Hence the widespread popularity of Rand’s character John Galt and sympathy for “going Galt,” i.e., Just Saying No to the many violations of personal liberty perpetrated by an omnivorous

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sanctimoniousness, the culture of dependency: most conservatives are at one with Rand in regarding them with a jaundiced eye. And it is precisely this element in Rand’s world view—her rejection of what Tocqueville called Democratic Despotism—that has given her work a new lease on life among “tea partiers” and others who challenge the newly regnant statism in America. Hence the widespread popularity of Rand’s character John Galt and sympathy for “going Galt,” i.e., Just Saying

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Henk Rearden

"Atlas Shrugged" did more to illustrate the folly of socialism than any other popular book did. The masses, if they bother to turn off Oprah and American Idol long enough to even read a book, at least get a teachable moment from the Atlas Shrugged narrative.

I do agree that Rand's followers are often times just pompous pseudo-intellectuals who probably need to get out more often, if only they could find a date. But Rand doesn't have to be a perfect person for Atlas Shrugged to be a darned good work, and, let's face it guys, none of us could have written a book that good, powerful, and enduring. The followers of "Austrian Economics" are even more dogmatically deranged than the Rand disciples, yet their writers also made important contributions to the notions of freedom.

Save your venom for the socialists....I can assure you, they're saving plenty of it up for YOU.


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Tom McMahon

No, not really. "Slut" was a bit over the top.

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