Wednesday, October 10, 2012

ATLAS SHRUGGED at 55

I've been on an indefinite blogging hiatus, even with all of the Ayn Rand sightings in the news, but being that today marks the 55th anniversary of the publication of Atlas Shrugged, I'd be amiss if I didn't say something...so, happy 55th anniversary to Atlas Shrugged! The date makes it that much more appropriate that the second installment of the movie will appear in theaters Oct. 12.

And, to show just how vital Atlas is at 55, check out some of the latest headlines (mostly involving "is he/isn't he a Randian?" Paul Ryan). He may have shrugged, but the influence isn't ready for retirement, yet... (My favorite has to be the claim that it was Rand's fault for the recent NFL controversy...damn, Objectivism may not be "winning", but it's certainly getting under their skin...)

From salon.com: "How Ayn Rand Is Wrecking Football"
"Paul Ryan's beloved Packers were robbed last night--because the owners are putting the 'moochers' in their place"

From HuffPo: Paul Ryan Obsession With Ayn Rand 'Disturbing,' Says House Challenger Rob Zerban
 

Also from HuffPo: "Jennifer Burns: On Ayn Rand and the Election"

And, of course: "Paul Ryan Disowns Remarks To Ayn Rand Group Decrying ‘Collectivist’ Social Security"

And on a lighter note, but also noteworthy, is that the "couch-gag" of the recent season premiere of The Simpsons featured a cameo appearance of The Ayn Rand School for Tots, which goes back to a film short that appeared in movie theaters, over the summer (and has its origins in the classic episode from '92, "A Streetcar Named Marge"). With The Fountainhead segment from a few years ago, that makes for three references to Rand on the show.

"The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare' Trailer: Maggie Simpson Stars In Theatrical Short"

 
 
So, happy birthday, Atlas! First they crucified, then, they ridiculed you. But they can no longer ignore you. "Nolite te bastardes carborundorum."

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