Monday, January 31, 2011

Atlas Shrugged (the novel), Part 3

This is the third of a three part series (plus two "auxiliary" shows) 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 the final section of the book, Part 3, the part called "A is A", named after Aristotle's law of identity. It begins with the main Individualist characters in Galt's Gulch, and covers the return of Dagny to the real world, its downward spiral into chaos, the climactic shrugging out of Hank Reardon, the capture of John Galt by the government, and the final scenes in which the folly of collectivism drags the whole of American society to the abyss from which it can finally be saved by the triumphant return of logic, reason, and Individualism.

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.

Thank you so much for all the comments you've e-mailed me regarding Parts 1 and 2, and the podcast in general. Always welcome, and I welcome corresponding to you individually (after all, we're all about Individualism, aren't we? ;-) ).

I will return to regular news-oriented podcasts very shortly, though I will at some point work in a fifth and final show about Atlas Shrugged devoted to the famous three-hour speech on Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism delivered by John Galt in the final stages of Part 3.

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