The second part of the film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” — the novel that every proponent of free-market capitalism and individual liberty should read — is due to hit theaters next fall.
The book, which was published in 1957, is lauded as Rand’s greatest achievement and last work of fiction. In the novel Rand dramatizes her unique philosophy through an intellectual mystery story that integrates ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics and sex, leaving readers pondering a questions throughout: Who is John Galt?
The story follows the book’s female protagonist, Dagny Taggart, as she struggles to manage a transcontinental railroad amid the pressures and restrictions of massive bureaucracy. Her reaction to a libertarian group seeking an end to government regulation is first negative, but is later modified in her encounter with a utopian community, Galt’s Gulch, whose members regard self-determination rather than collective responsibility as the highest ideal.
[pl_amazon_book_order src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=perslibedige-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=0452011876&ref=tf_til&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr"]“Atlas Shrugged” epitomizes Rand’s philosophy of individualistic Objectivism which is based on the following tenants:
- Reality exists independent of consciousness.
- Human beings have direct contact with reality through sense perception.
- One can attain objective knowledge from perception through the process of concept formation and inductive logic.
- The proper moral purpose of one’s life is the pursuit of one’s own happiness (or rational self-interest).
- The only social system consistent with this morality is full respect for individual rights embodied in laissez-faire capitalism.
- The role of art in human life is to transform humans’ metaphysical ideas by selective reproduction of reality into a physical form — a work of art — that one can comprehend and to which one can respond emotionally.
Rand’s works and philosophy have influenced thousands of people throughout the years, including political figures like Presidential candidate Ron Paul and former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, among others.
The release of the second part of Rand’s iconic novel follows the release of part one of the series last April.
Part one trailer:
Part two teaser:
Rand discusses the difference between liberty and socialism: