Atlas Shrugged Reviews

The bias revealed.

A fictional followup of sorts to last year’s Tea Party big screen debut, the political doomsday documentary Generation Zero, Atlas Shrugged embraces the similar philosophy of leaving the billionaire CEOs alone to mind their own big business . . . Atlas Shrugged taunts the status quo with a combo greed is fabulous mantra laced with topsy turvy Marxism extolling robber barons in mass rebellion. But in the end seems to be serving up nothing more than lots of hokey wishful thinking, disclaimer free super-wealthy diatribes, and pretentious political yakety yak.

This comically tasteless and flavorless adaptation of Ayn Rand’s bombastic magnum opus delivers her simplistic nostrums with smug self-satisfaction. . . .The preening resentment of the smart social misfit finds its fantasy fulfillment, as Rand’s flamboyant potboiler intensity (and her fascination with the authority of the great loner) gives rise to a tittering knowingness: the words “union” and “guild” are the pretexts for sneers and smears, and an unintentional howler of a business plan may give rise to a new, Tarzan-style pickup line: “My metal, your railway.” Directed by Paul Johansson.

In spite of the obvious left wing bias of the mainstream media. Rotten Tomatoes reports 85% of the audience liked the movie. Ayn Rands 1959 interview with Mike Wallace seemed eerily prophetic.

We all know that the left believes in massive government regulation in all aspects of our lives as evident in all of the “Nanny State” laws enacted over the last 20 years. One of the best arguments against this philosophy comes from Libertarian Milton Friedman who actually took part in the New deal policies learned over time the serious flaws of draconian regulations and Keynesian economics.

Friedman was originally a Keynesian, a supporter of the New Deal and an advocate of government intervention in the economy. However, his 1950s reinterpretation of the Keynesian consumption function challenged the standard Keynesian model of that time. At the University of Chicago, Friedman became the main advocate opposing activist Keynesian government policies.

He gave compelling arguments against the ‘Nanny State” And heavy handed regulations in his 1979 interview with Phil Donahue. I have never heard the Libertarian principles espoused better.

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Milton on Libertarianism


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