2.02.2021

Ayn Rand's Birthday: She wrote about a future in which the U.S. trend toward socialism has been accelerated. Realities such as heavy taxation, massive social welfare programs, tight governmental regulation of industry. The government annuls the rights of American citizens, and freedom is steadily eroded.

 

 

Today is the birthday of Алиса Зиновьевна Розенбаум.  In English, Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum.  Born, February 02, 1905 in St. Petersburg.

You probably know her better as Ayn Rand.

My 'quick read' favorite book of hers has always been Anthem.  It's an easy read, but there is much to ponder over coffee in that book.  It has also spoke to me personally, I connect with the characters.  I fell in love with this book long, long ago but I never tire of re-reading it every few years.

 


However, most people connect her name with a another one of her books, a great book; Atlas Shrugged.   

From Cliff Notes: 

In the story, she projects the culmination of America's twentieth-century socialist trend.

The U.S. government portrayed in the story has significant control over the domestic economy. The rest of the world has been swallowed up by communist "Peoples' States" and subsists in abject poverty.

A limited degree of economic freedom still exists in America, but it is steadily declining, as is American prosperity. The successful are heavily taxed to support the poor, and the American poor are similarly levied to finance the even poorer people in foreign Peoples' States.

The government subsidizes inefficient businesses at the expense of the more efficient. With the state controlling large portions of the economy, the result is the rise of corrupt businessmen who seek profit by manipulating crooked politicians rather than by doing productive work. The government forces inventors to give up their patents so that all manufacturers may benefit equally from new products.

Similarly, the government breaks up productive companies, compelling them to share the market with weaker (less efficient) competitors.

In short, the fictionalized universe of Atlas Shrugged presents a future in which the U.S. trend toward socialism has been accelerated. Twentieth-century realities such as heavy taxation, massive social welfare programs, tight governmental regulation of industry, and antitrust action against successful companies are heightened in the universe of this story. The government annuls the rights of American citizens, and freedom is steadily eroded. The United States of the novel — the last bastion of liberty on earth — rapidly becomes a fascist/communist dictatorship.

The result, in Rand's fictional universe, is a collapse of American prosperity. Great minds are shackled by government policies, and their innovations are either rejected or expropriated by the state. Thinkers lack the freedom necessary to create new products, to start their own companies, to compete openly, and to earn wealth. Under the increasing yoke of tyranny, the most independent minds in American society choose to defend their liberty in the most effective manner possible: They withdraw from society.

 

In short, the fictionalized universe of Atlas Shrugged presents a future in which the U.S. trend toward socialism has been accelerated.

Twentieth-century realities such as heavy taxation, massive social welfare programs, tight governmental regulation of industry, and antitrust action against successful companies are heightened in the universe of this story.

The government annuls the rights of American citizens, and freedom is steadily eroded.

The United States of the novel — the last bastion of liberty on earth — rapidly becomes a fascist/communist dictatorship.

This book, now more than ever is important.

 

 

 

 

 

Anthem  



Atlas Shrugged  

 

 

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