Reading Ayn Rand´s "Atlas Shrugged" may become a requirement for high school graduation in Idaho if Coeur d´Alene Senator John Goedde, chairman of the Idaho Senate´s Education Committee, decides to pursue the matter. Goedde introduced a bill with the requirement but doesn´t appear serious about pushing it:
Comments: Moran´s comments about "Atlas Shrugged" are accurate though a bit harsh. What we need is an author to take up the challenge of writing something entertaining, informative, and pro-capitalism.
I think everyone should read Atlas Shrugged. The description of the company that paid according to needs rather than money, and its implications, is unsurpassed, as is the affect of government interventions on productive people. Then keep reading: Hayek, Mises, Ronald Reagan, Milton Friedman. And there is more.
Atlas Shrugged and almost all Ayn Rand´s books have a twisted view of relationships. There is one that´s ok, but I can´t remember the name and my computer´s acting up right now. I homeschooled my son and knowing that Atlas Shrugged had some in it that was sex and her view of it, that I, without checking it out, decided to do the one about the healthcare in Communist Russia (again, I forget the name), but it was even worse than A.S. Yes, we need more conservative writers writing things that school aged kids can read without being exposed to sexual situations at all. Sorry, I may be overprotective, but I believe our children are already oversexualized by tv, movies, and music.
Good idea, and let´s add the Bible, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution to the list. 250 years ago, these were the only books/documents many people read. And it was enough for them. We could add the Magna Carta to the list as well. When they´re finished with that, add "Liberty and Tyranny" and "Ameritopia" by Dr. Levin. :-)
Legislators picking literature for students to read is a really bad idea. And you don´t even want to know what the curriculum guide for something like Ayn Rand might be. Anthem is read fairly often, it is popular with students because it is short and easily read.
The film series based on Rand´s book is also an excellent vehicle to help understand capitalism and why it is the best system for maintaining the inherent freedoms of each individual to explore, do their own research and even build something which benefits everyone.
This vital message regarding the USA´s historic & amazingly successful economic system is lacking in todays´ BIG Government statists´ agenda, which is why it is so needed to be heard by all Americans, especially young people, if indeed America´s goal is still securing the liberty of each individual equally on a, ´level playing field,´ without oppressive & outrageous micro-management, favoritism & dictates from ´central planning!´
Thus, if Constitutional America the Beautiful is to continue the support for each individual´s liberty, justice & opportunity to work & prosper, this country can use all of the merited reminders regarding the principles of freedom upon which this country was established it can get!!! As it is, the radical lefty/lib/dem statists apparently have the PC arena´s microphone. -YIKES!!!
While I´m a fan of the message contained in the book, I think we need a condensed version of about 150 pages. By the time I got to John Galt´s speech I was complaining, "Not again! I´ve heard all this several times already."
A condensed version that tells the story of the 20th century motor company would suffice. And I liked the spooky ending where the long abandoned factory had Galt´s perpetual motion motor still running.
"...at first I was happy to be learning how to read. It seemed exciting and magical, but then I read this: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I read every last word of this garbage, and because of this piece of s**t, I am never reading again."
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