Thursday, November 5, 2009

Interesting thought Atlas Half-Shrugging

So with the popularity of Atlas Shrugged I did some digging and plan on reading it... after I finish reading Robert Green and 50 Cent's The 50th Law, the RZA's Tao of Wu (Which was quite good I must say), and Tom Lutz's Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in America .

In the mean time I found this interesting critique of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged on Forbes.com.  I particularly liked this one because it wasn't reactive and it seemed well thought out.  Basically the author states that Ayn Rand's particular thrust really put the concept of self interest and interest of others into a false dichotomy.  She invokes Adam Smith's two epic works.... The Wealth of Nations and Theory of Moral Sentiments and points out that Adam Smith was fully aware of the dynamic tension between self interest and our desire for the welfare of others.  I particularly like this view because I think the middle path in this case is the most realistic, neither extreme capitalist self interest nor extreme collectivism.  I think most people would agree that there is a gradient here, but in times where works on either side of the debate are popular.... people tend to want to lionize/demonize a view... and you can't do so if you say something is half good and half bad. That being said, I'll withhold my judgement until I get a chance to read the entire source text.  From what I've seen of John Galt's speech though, I do see a lot of lionizing and demonizing going on.

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