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Not to be left out of the fun, Objectivists locate the values of the holiday season within our own philosophical framework. Sometimes this has meant highlighting Thanksgiving as a celebration of productivity, defending Black Friday against anti-capitalist rhetoric, examining the economics of gift-giving, or simply enumerating the secular aspects of Christmas we enjoy.
There is one text which especially engages the spirit of the holidays, which is Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence by David Kelley, founder of The Atlas Society and a consultant to Atlas Shrugged Part 3: Who Is John Galt? Kelley's Unrugged Individualism is the debut of the virtue of benevolence as an integral part of the Objectivist philosophy. It's an inspiring and life-affirming essay explaining why benevolence is in the rational self-interest of the individual.
Of Catalogs and Consumption by David Kelley
The Four "C's" of Christmas by Edward Hudgins
Better To Give? The Virtue of Selfishness at Christmas by Bradley Doucet
Film Review: It Was a Wonderful Life by Robert L. Jones
Due to a combination of technological and cultural advancements, 21st-century America no longer requires us to think in such metaphors [...] You don't have to go on the road to find freedom these days. You can go online instead.
In such a world, crowdfunding represents a new, high-tech way of going Galt. It allows creators and funders to escape conventional financial, ideological and aesthetic gatekeepers who have long suppressed heterodoxy in media, business, the arts and more. Arguably more important, it allows for the creation of a virtual community of like-minded folks who may live thousands of miles from each other."
The Atlas Society's David Kelley will be a consultant to the movie, as he was for Parts 1 and 2. Throughout the making of the movie and into the future, The Atlas Society will provide the intellectual context for the message of Atlas Shrugged.
Aug 12, 2013
That's the question Daniel Hannan asks in this article today in the Telegraph. He opens with a description of Detroit from today's Observer:
What isn’t dumped is stolen. Factories and homes have largely been stripped of anything of value, so thieves now target cars’ catalytic converters. Illiteracy runs at around 47%; half the adults in some areas are unemployed. In many neighbourhoods, the only sign of activity is a slow trudge to the liquor store.
After comparing Detroit with Ayn Rand's Starnesville (a ctiy in her novel Atlas Shrugged), Hannan cites Mark Steyn and asks whether Detroit could be "a forerunner for the rest of the United States."
Like Detroit, America has unfunded liabilities, to the tune of $220 trillion, according to the economist Laurence Kotlikoff. Like Detroit, it’s cosseting the government class and expanding the dependency class... Like Detroit, America’s governing institutions are increasingly the corrupt enforcers of a one-party state — the IRS and Eric Holder’s amusingly misnamed Department of Justice being only the most obvious examples. Like Detroit, America is bifurcating into the class of “community organizers” and the unfortunate denizens of the communities so organized.
Read Hannan's article, "Statism is Turning America into Detroit: Ayn Rand's Starnesville"
The Prophetic Atlas Shrugged by Ed Hudgins
The Pension Bomb by Joshua Rauh
Cries of Betrayal as Detroit Plans to Cut Pensions The New York Times
Detroit not alone under mountain of long-term debt Detroit Free Press
Farming Detroit Makezine
Read about "squatter-farmers" and property owners who grow food on empty lots.
[Editor's Note: This article, by John Aglialoro, is republished here by permission. It was first published on April 10 on his blog. ]
In 1995, I had the distinct pleasure and honor to dine with the longest-serving and, dare I say, most impactful British Prime Minister of the 20th century.
I'm not talking about dining in the same building mind you. I'm talking about dining at the same table.
The conversation was fun, at times deep, and even went so far as to push me back in my chair a bit with the candor she displayed regarding her "replacement." Those comments were of course, private.
At the time, believe it or not, getting Atlas Shrugged made into a movie was at the top of my priority list. There were other things on that list too but, as you can imagine, Atlas was pretty high up there. As a result, the upcoming film managed to make its way into the conversation with a fair amount of fervor.
And, she was into it.
Before the night ended, rolling the dice, I told Mrs. Thatcher that I would be honored to have her attend the Atlas Shrugged Movie Premiere. In my mind, I would fly her in on a private jet, put her up in the finest hotel, the whole nine. It would be epic.
I'll never forget her response.
With her famously unique cadence and delivery, responding in the way only she could - as if each syllable had its own period attached - she looked at me and ardently said, "I would be delighted."
It would be 15+ years before the night of the World Premiere of Atlas Shrugged Part I would arrive and, unfortunately, a few years too late. Mrs. Thatcher had already stopped traveling and had to decline.
Oh, but what a glorious moment it would have been.
In 1995, I had the distinct pleasure and honor to dine with the longest-serving, most impactful, British Prime Minister of the 20th century - who, not surprisingly, also happened to be quite the fan of Atlas Shrugged.
Margaret Thatcher was an inspiration, a political power house, and bigger than life. I'm pleased to have made her acquaintance and perhaps more pleased to have discussed with her Atlas Shrugged.
I was... delighted.
Atlas Shrugged Part 3, the final installment of the movie trilogy, is set to begin principal photography in the fall of 2013. The Atlas Society is pleased to announce that we will work with Atlas Productions LLC on the film. Atlas Productions has officially greenlit Part 3 today, March 26, 2013.
David Kelley, founder of The Atlas Society and an expert on the philosophical themes of Atlas Shrugged, will consult on the script, as he did for Parts 1 and 2. David Kelley and The Atlas Society's Laurie Rice recently met with Atlas Productions to discuss the storyline of Part 3.
The movie trilogy follows the three-part structure of Ayn Rand’s epic 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged. Part 3 takes place in a near future dystopian United States with the nation's economy quickly approaching collapse. While overreaching government regulations persist in strangling the country's few remaining entrepreneurs, society’s most productive continue to mysteriously disappear. One man has the answer. Some will stop at nothing to control him. Others will stop at nothing to save him. Who is John Galt?
The producers have tapped four-time Emmy® award-winner Duncan Scott as the film’s screenwriter along with Brian O’Toole. Both Scott and O’Toole worked on Part 2. Scott also worked extensively with Rand on the restoration and editing of the classic motion picture We the Living, based on Rand’s novel of the same title. “We’re thrilled to have Duncan and Brian back. Having sat shoulder-to-shoulder with Rand, no one else could do what Duncan can when it comes to adapting Atlas. His unmatched experience and his incredible depth of knowledge regarding Atlas are absolutely invaluable,” stated Producer John Aglialoro.
“The challenge,” says Kelley, “is to create a narrative in Part 3 that stands on its own but also builds on the larger narrative of the trilogy and brings it to a climax. With his deep knowledge of Rand’s work, Duncan is the writer to meet that challenge.”
Aglialoro’s company, Atlas Productions, produced and distributed Parts 1 and 2, and has set a USA theatrical release for Part 3 in the summer of 2014. Parts 1 and 2 are now currently available on DVD and internet download. (We suggest The Atlas Society's Special Edition DVDs of Part 1 and Part 2. Any item purchased at the movie's merchandise store through The Atlas Society's affiliate link will help to support our organization.)
Producer Harmon Kaslow said, “Our number one goal with Part 3 is to pull the prescient message of Atlas off of the page and project it clearly onto the screen. Ayn Rand drew incredibly sharp archetypes with stark backdrops. Our goal with Part 3 is to bring these characters to life as accurately as possible and celebrate Rand’s message.” While Parts 1 and 2 were filmed in and around Los Angeles, Kaslow reports that Part 3 will probably be filmed on location on the East Coast. “For Part 2, filming in California added about 20% to our production costs.”
—Aaron Day, CEO
“We are thrilled to be involved with the completion of the Atlas Shrugged trilogy,“ stated The Atlas Society’s CEO Aaron Day. “The movie trilogy offers a significant opportunity to spread the ideas of Atlas Shrugged at a time in which they are desperately needed.”
TAS has worked with the film producers on the scripts, promotion, advance screenings, and film-related educational material, student programs, and activism projects. To expand these activities, and take advantage of the opportunity to promote the ideas of Atlas Shrugged, TAS seeks to raise a total of $1 million in special contributions.
Learn more and contribute to The Atlas Society’s Atlas Shrugged Capital Campaign, today.
Feb 27, 2013
Are you ready for the next item in your Atlas collection? The Atlas Shrugged Part 2 DVD is now available for purchase at the movie's online store! We recommend The Atlas Society's Special Edition DVD, but you can support The Atlas Society by making any purchase at the movie's store, if you click on the hyperlinked image below. Shoppers using this hyperlink direct 20% of their item's price to The Atlas Society, for the continued promotion of the ideas of Ayn Rand.
Features on The Atlas Society's Special Edition DVD include:
- Three beautifully produced video commentaries on scenes from the film by David Kelley, including Francisco D'Anconia's "money speech."
- David Kelley's interviews with leads in the film: Samantha Mathis (Dagny Taggart), Jason Beghe (Hank Rearden), Esai Morales (Francisco D'Anconia), Patrick Fabian (James Taggart), and Kim Rhodes (Lillian Rearden).
- "Atlas Shrugged and the Struggle for Liberty," a panel discussion at the 2012 Atlas Summit, with John Stossell, Grover Norquist, Robert Poole, and Alexander McCobin.
- Laurie Rice's interview with Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) about Atlas Shrugged.
- "The World of Atlas Shrugged" audio feature (Also included in our Part 1 Special Edition).
We hope you enjoy Atlas Shrugged Part 2 and the further discussions of its ideas on The Atlas Society's Special Edition DVD. You can also get Part 2 as a premium in thanks for your sponsor-level-or-higher support for The Atlas Society, beginning at $1,000 per year.
A movement is more than a body of ideas; it’s a body of people connected around those ideas. In a lasting movement, those people span generations.
The day Atlas Shrugged Part II hit theaters, Amanda Luce shared a story about that connection on Facebook. I asked her whether I could share it with you, and she elaborated:
I had been sitting at the bench outside the theater entrance, waiting for the last of the people from the previous show to file out. The old man was one of the last ones coming out, so I smiled at him and shifted so he could see that I was wearing my “Who is John Galt?” T-shirt. He saw the shirt, paused, and walked over to me. “I’ve waited fifty years for this movie,” he said. “It was so much better than I could have imagined.” He looked on the verge of tears. I leaped up and hugged him.
I started gushing to him about everything I had seen at TAS’s summer seminar last July. I can only imagine how glad he had been to see me—a teenager—so excited about Objectivism. He told me that he had read Atlas Shrugged, cover to cover, over twenty times, and that his copy was marked all the way through with red tabs on the best parts. He said that chills had started running through him when the movie began, and he was still feeling them.
As he walked away, I knew that there were not words to describe how he must have felt to finally see this movie come to fruition and know that a new generation would pick up John Galt’s banner. I never knew his name and I will probably never see him again—but it is so wonderful to know that some of the early readers from half a century ago are still around to see this day.
On a morning that began “brighter than daylight,” Dagny Taggart asked Ragnar Danneskjold how many centuries John Galt represented. “None at all,” the pirate replied, in the opening pages of part III of Atlas Shrugged. “None behind him—but all of those ahead.”
What stories like Amanda’s remind us—what we see every year at Atlas Society events—what you may see at your local theater if you go watch Atlas Shrugged Part II—is that John Galt’s centuries have actually begun, not just on the page and on the screen, but in reality.