UPDATE 7/18/22: In “Atlas Shrugged,” Ayn Rand prophesized a worldwide walk-out, depriving the totalitarians of the talent and labor necessary to continue their destruction of people’s lives. This drastic move, “stopping the engine of the world,” seems less and less a fantasy of fiction and perhaps the only way to avert the active ruination of our free, productive way of life.
ORIGINAL POST 8/17/10: An extraordinary writer for our times and all times. Her central theme is always the sanctity of the individual pitted against the tyranny of the collective. Her 1957 masterpiece “Atlas Shrugged” is deemed the second most influential book of modern times behind only the Bible. Rand’s popularity is reason for optimism as the public becomes aware of the consequences of Big Government’s war on the individual and freedom in general.