Sunday, January 9, 2011

Atlas Shrugged (the novel), Part 2

This is the second of a three part series in which we review the struggle between individualism and collectivism with the help of the richness and clarity that Ayn Rand set forth in her magnum opus.

This show covers Part 2 of the book, the section called "Either-Or". It takes place in the middle of the full decline of the American economy, the enactment of the disastrous "Directive 10-289", and the continuing disappearance of the key industrialists and producers. It ends with Dagny Taggart crash-landing her plane in what turns out to be Galt's Gulch.

Again, my purpose for doing this is not to review the book as literature, it's to consider what happens in the novel in light of what's happening today, and to enjoy the absolutely delicious failures of collectivism and the eventual triumph of individualism in specific, memorable passages of the book.

I've received many comments on Part 1 of the Atlas Shrugged series. I obviously should have done this sooner, but better late than never. I hope you enjoy this episode, and please send me your comments either way.

By the way, my brother Jack, who suffered a very serious stroke on the morning of Christmas Eve, has begun speaking again, so he continues to make progress. Many thanks for your concerns and wishes for his recovery.

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