Atlas Wept and Sweated

I have not read the great Libertarian Bible.  I once tried reading it in my youth but couldn’t get past the first ten or so pages.  It was painfully like slogging uphill through quicksand in 120-degree heat wearing wet canvas and cutting razor brush with a dull machete while someone with a megaphone was shouting at you from all sides. 
Reading was extremely important to a kid with bad eyes, and I read novels to enjoy and to escape, to feed my life with passion and stock the bare cupboards with rich foods – not to “better” myself or hammer my brain into a certain shape.
Being a PK/MK I was already too familiar with the Jedi Preaching Voice and ran to avoid it at every *optional* opportunity – of which there were too few, until I grew up and could step outside the smothering embrace and breath fresh air.  (re-quoted from my comment at Og’s)

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9 thoughts on “Atlas Wept and Sweated

  1. Karl – Thanks for the suggestion, I would probably be more receptive to it now that I'm older and wiser – back then I was looking for entertainment!

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  2. Sorry to hear your bad experience with Atlas Shrugged. It is my all-time most favorite book, but maybe my situation (an entrepreneur) makes it an easier read.

    Not libertarian here. That label may have some accuracy – I'm not politically savvy enough to know – but Rand wasn't arguing for pot legalization or a complete pull-back in foreign policy.

    And for her to predict these events 50+ years ago is absolutely fascinating.

    I'd urge you to give it another try. There is a reason it is famous. There is a reason it has a loyal following. Get started, and the pages will turn themselves.

    Karl
    ushanka.us

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  3. I first made it through Atlas Shrugged when deployed to Egypt for a month with little else to do–or read.
    Probably the easiest reading piece by Rand was We The Living, at least partially because there was little ideology–weren't bludgeoned with it, anyway–and it was semi-autobiographical.

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  4. Oops my bad. There's a big venn diagram overlap where Objectiveists and Libertarians move.
    My “reading” of her from afar suggests an objective Editor would have been unwelcome to the Ur-objectivist – but she would have played well next to LeBeau on Hogans Heroes.

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