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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Atlas Shrugged reviews

This blog entry is a compilation of recent reviews.  I was going to just list links to movie reviews, especially either very good (meaning perceptive, not positive) reviews with some commentary.


However the leftover blogosphere has gone retarded, as it does monthly, on the subject of Ayn Rand,  The movie has caused them to forget about David and Charles Koch for a week or two, as they instead try to paint Ayn Rand with projections of their own Leni Reifenstahlish guilt and suppressed self-knowledge.  It reminds me of Rachel Madcow, Spittle Matthews and other such whores of the regime's smearing me last year.  Apparently reaching into their depends and flinging their own poo is the job description for these cretins.


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A particularly vicious Nazi is Johann Hari, who trashes Rand's life in an extended ad hominem at Slate (http://www.slate.com/id/2233966/)

I posted many replies to individual interlocuters in the replies section (you should too!).  My global comment on Hari is:



This article is a lie and the author completely exposes the fecal nature of his intellect and soul in writing it.

The author fails to actually quote Ayn Rand saying any of the things he attributes to her. She never called people in general "lice" or "parasites" or said they don't deserve to live. Indeed her ethics says that everyone not only has a right to live, but that their individual lives and flourishing and happiness are the goal of ethical reasoning (which places her in the tradition of Aristotelian eudamonism). She referred to people who oppose human happiness and wish to live off others by crippling them and vampirizing their energies, whether they be onerous spouses, government bureaucrats, or dishonest smear tacticians pretending to be critics, parasites.

And you are a parasite Johann, and a defender of the parasites Rand exposed.

Rand had already seen your kind, as she went to college in Russia studying philosophy as the Marxian collectivists were starving a nation and imposing thought control on its culture. A better review of her work is provided by Ludwig von Mises, the economist and Viennese Jew who had himself fled from the racial collectivists who did the same damage to his country:

The following is an interesting letter from Ludwig von Mises to Ayn Rand dated January 23, 1958 (shortly after the publication of Atlas Shrugged).

Dear Mrs. Rand:

I am not a professional critic and I feel no call to judge the merits of a novel. So I do not want to detain you with the information that I enjoyed very much reading Atlas Shrugged and that I am full of admiration for your masterful construction of the plot.

But Atlas Shrugged is not merely a novel. It is also (or may I say: first of all) a cogent analysis of the evils that plague our society, a substantiated rejection of the ideology of our self-styled "intellectuals" and a pitiless unmasking of the insincerity of the policies adopted by governments and political parties. It is a devastating exposure of the "moral cannibals," the "gigolos of science" and of the "academic prattle" of the makers of the "anti-industrial revolution." You have the courage to tell the masses what no politician told them: you are inferior and all the improvements in your conditions which you simply take for granted you owe to the efforts of men who are better than you.

If this be arrogance, as some of your critics observed, it still is the truth that had to be said in this age of the Welfare State.

I warmly congratulate you and I looking forward with great expectations to your future work.

Sincerely,
Ludwig von Mises


http://mises.org/etexts/misesatlas.pdf http://mises.org/resources/3381



Then there are the Soros-Podesta nerd-concubines at the ThinkRegress brothel:


http://thinkprogress.org/2011/04/18/truth-about-ayn-rand/

These whores are paid to write the most moronic lies every day, about every subject, so this is not surprising. One suspects that when one of them is very good he gets a week free of tossing the salad of the 80 year old Hungarian Nazi collaborator who funds them.

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For some reviews of the movie:

http://blog.dianahsieh.com/2011/04/atlas-shrugged-part-1-video-of-my.html

I almost completely agree, and I had gently knocked it on my tea party blog, especially in disagreeing with some enthusiastic reviews it got on Atlasphere.

I did think the Dagny/Rearden romance was better done than you did, but then maybe being gay I am not a good judge (?).

I just had dinner with someone who works at the Atlas Society and her opinion was identical to yours.

However I think it may be that though Objectivists, and as you would class others of us, "libertarian Ayn Rand fans," find the movie in need of a re-write, re-shoot, and better director (I could even improve the film just by taking the footage they used and re-editing it to tighten it up), actual everyday Americans who have not read Rand, including tea partiers (and people who don't usually go to the movies) are excited to see a movie that does not lie to them about politics and the economy. These people, from what I can see in the blogosphere, really like the movie much more than we Rand fans do.

Some blog links from Christians and others who like the movie:

http://gracelifer.blogspot.com/2011/04/we-saw-atlas-shrugged.html

http://www.grouchyoldcripple.com/archives/008536.html

http://www.backwoodshome.com/blogs/ClaireWolfe/2011/04/18/atlas-shrugged-part-i-and-its-critics/comment-page-1/#comment-8273