Ayn Rand - When Atlas Shrugs The World Shakes

When Atlas Shrugs, The World Shakes

Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum, widely known by her name Ayn Rand, was born on February 2nd, 1905 in St. Petersburg in Russian Empire, and she died on March 6, 1982, in New York. Neither of the dates is our motive for writing this text.

It is the whole year that marks the 50th anniversary of her fourth and last novel, her longest one (the first edition was 1168 pages long), AND the one that is considered to be her magnum opus (at least in her fictional writing work).

But who was Ayn Rand? Who was the woman whose philosophy is now called contra-Nietzschean philosophy? Or, to quote the first sentence of her novel – “Who is John Galt?”

Well, if you want to know who John Galt is, read the novel (we won’t spoil), but we could say a few things about the author. Ayn Rand was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright and screenwriter. She is mostly known for her two novels, “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged”, and for developing a philosophical school of thought that she called “objectivism”.

The “Atlas Shrugged” novel belongs to the sub-genre of dystopian fiction, and it depicts dystopian America, where the most prominent and successful industrialists abandon their fortunes and their country in response to aggressive new regulations, and most vital industries collapse because of that. Small wonder that this premise is still a cause for a significant controversy.

In an interview she gave to Mike Wallace she explained the basics of the philosophy of individualism: “Namely if I am challenging the base of all these institutions, I’m challenging the moral code of altruism. The precept that man’s moral duty is to live for others. That man must sacrifice himself to others. Which is the present day morality”.

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The novel is well-worth reading, even (or especially) if you disagree with Rand’s views because –  “I think, therefore I’ll think.”

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