Hopefully, This Ends All the ‘Atlas Shrugged’ Talk…

But it probably won’t.

Matt Yglesias has a brilliant takedown of Carol Baum’s idiotic example of Vikram Pandit, Edward Liddy and Ken Lewis as paragons of American (or at least Randian) virtues of economic prosperity.

Yglesias:

Atlas Shrugged is a stupid book, Ayn Rand is a stupid woman, and John Galt’s ideas are stupid. That said, none of them are nearly this stupid. Rand’s novel isn’t about a world in which executives who build companies based on a lot of incorrect decisions, then pay themselves millions of dollars while bankrupting their firms, then come to the government hat-in-hand asking for bailouts, then find that the bailers-out want to attach some strings to their hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds and then go to hide out in Galt’s Gulch. That doesn’t make any sense at all.

Larry Greene, of Norwich, I hope you’re out there. Reading this.

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2 responses to “Hopefully, This Ends All the ‘Atlas Shrugged’ Talk…

  1. “Atlas Shrugged is a stupid book, Ayn Rand is a stupid woman, and John Galt’s ideas are stupid.”

    yeah that’s a real classic!

  2. Ayn Rand was a frightening woman.

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