Shortly after Red Letter Days crashed back in 2005 – and I was being trashed by the UK media – I received an email from a well wisher, suggesting that I read a book called ‘Atlas Shrugged’ by Ayn Rand.
It’s a business classic, published in 1957, in which entrepreneurs slowly become disillusioned with the world.
Ground down by their critics and villified by the media, a mysterious character called John Galt appears – and one by one they silently disappear – to create a new society of mutual respect and harmony.
“Published in 1957, Atlas Shrugged was Ayn Rand’s greatest achievement and last work of fiction. In this novel she dramatizes her unique philosophy through an intellectual mystery story that integrates ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics, and sex. Set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economy is collapsing as a result of the mysterious disappearance of leading innovators and industrialists, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life-from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy…to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working for his own destruction…to the philosopher who becomes a pirate…to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad…to the lowest track worker in her train tunnels. Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller.”
The end result is a complete breakdown of the economy – and ultimate chaos.
In a world that is increasingly living on the edge, as a country we need to keep the people who are going to help trade us out of this mess engaged and motivated.
Not try to destroy them.