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SPRING 2011

Atlas Shrugged The Movie: Recommended Viewing

The acclaimed novel Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand is a book that many thought was before its time. The book’s appealing question is: Who is John Galt? This 1950’s novel takes a look at running a railroad, but it is about a lot more than that. It is about society.

The novel has been recommended by many in agricultural circles. Every now and then, I see a private road named John Galt, which shows me the impact of this novel. Now this book is a movie.

Many say its timing could not have been better. With our economic collapse and foreclosure crisis the story looks at the fundamentals of our culture and the role of government in our lives. According to movie blogs the title, “references the Greek god Atlas, who strains to hold the weight of the world over his shoulders. The load gets heavier and he struggles through blood and sweat to keep the world up. Until he changes his mind, shrugs, and drops the world.”

While it is a busy time of year, it may just be the perfect time to see this movie. ■

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