Interesting. Rep. John Campbell of California:
“People are starting to feel like we’re living through the scenario that happened in ‘Atlas Shrugged,’” said Campbell. “The achievers, the people who create all the things that benefit rest of us, are going on strike. I’m seeing, at a small level, a kind of protest from the people who create jobs, the people who create wealth, who are pulling back from their ambitions because they see how they’ll be punished for them.”
This, on top of the fact that sales of Atlas Shrugged “have almost tripled over the first seven weeks of this year compared with sales for the same period in 2008.”
I actually received a few nastygrams for a brief post I made on Objectivism (the post, I believe, has gone down the memory hole). Needless to say, I’m not as keen on it as I was at 15 or 16, before I developed an interest in political philosophy.
But the basic premises of Objectivism deserve attention, especially as it concerns the success of the individual. As individual economic freedoms seem more and more at risk in recent days – and as the Tea Party movement responds – it makes sense that folks out there are turning to a more liberating system of thought.
At least, more liberating than what we’re seeing in the current political climate.