Atlas Shrugged Part One is on the playbill at theatres in Carmel and down on the South Side. Appears to have been picked up in Fort Wayne, too.
The thing about this film is not that I think Ayn Rand was the "it" girl or that I think Objectivism is The Answer and it is certainly not because I think Atlas Shrugged is a blueprint for the future; it's that she's a pretty good propagandist against the ills of big government and creeping socialism and for the benefits of genuinely free trade and a restrained, limited government.
That's a message that needs to get out. There's only one John Stossel, only one Reason magazine -- and only one Ayn Rand. A lot of people are put off by a talky, thousand-page novel, but they'll go to a movie. I'm hoping the filmmaker's done a good job of giving us our money's worth.
Rand's proposed solutions can be poked full of holes from many angles but she certainly managed to identify the problem. And she makes Left-wing hippie's heads explode, too.
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