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20 October 2007

Atlas Shrugged Anniversary

50th Anniversary of "Atlas Shrugged" : A discussion on Rand's life, writing and impact in academia

October 2007 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of "Atlas Shrugged," Ayn Rand's bestselling novel (an estimated 6 million copies have sold to date). To celebrate the anniversary, the Atlas Society held a conference in Washington, DC to discuss Rand's philosophy and the impact of the book. During this panel, Anne Heller, Ayn Rand biographer; Mimi Gladstein, author of "Atlas Shrugged: A Reader's Companion"; and David Kelley, Atlas Society senior fellow, talk about Rand's life, writing and impact in academia. The discussion was moderated by Nigel Ashford of the Institute for Humane Studies.

"If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater the effort the heavier the world bore upon his shoulders, what would you tell him to do ?"
"I..don't know. What..could he do ? What would you tell him ?"
"To shrug".


Stupid working and not getting to watch things I want. :(