Editor’s Note: “Originally Dr. Amy Peikoff was attributed to a Rand quote that was actually by John Allison. It has been corrected.”
Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged begins with Rand’s early years in czarist Russia, where she was born in 1905. She was a top student throughout her school years and began writing novels at the age of 10. The Russian revolution was the catalyst that formed Rand’s life’s philosophy, when by age 12 she saw that everyone who worked the hardest—including her father—had lost everything “to men who had created nothing.”
Rand escaped communism in 1926 when she moved to New York to become a screenwriter. She soon became alarmed when she realized President Roosevelt was enforcing the same type of totalitarian/collectivist-type regulations she had seen in Russia.
From there, Ayn Rand and the Prophecy focuses on Rand’s fear that America was following in communistic footsteps, leading her to write her third novel in 1946 based on what it would be like if the great thinkers and creators of America went on strike.
“The Strike” took 10 years to finish but was finally published by Random House—and renamed Atlas Shrugged—in 1957.
The documentary next chronicles Rand’s years after AS. Her masterpiece, butchered by critics, remained popular worldwide since its release—second only to the Bible in hard cover sales. (The year Obama was elected 200,000 copies were sold.)
The second half of the film is the most frightening. It opens in present-day America and is titled “The Day After Tomorrow” (which is the fictional date attributed in AS). It highlights the many parallels between our current America and the America in Atlas Shrugged. All the villains and terrifying scenarios in Atlas have come to life in 2011: the exploitive political cronies, the union thugs, the non-stop flow of entitlements and regulations. We’re definitely living in a time when the government believes they can manage our lives better than we can—which is the exact nightmare Ayn Rand wanted to prevent.
Interestingly, when the novel was published in 1957 America was peaceful and prosperous so most people found it impossible to imagine things ever getting as bad as the America of Atlas Shrugged. Rand, who had already lived through it, wanted her novel to be used more as a tool than a novelty. Sadly, she remained disappointed that people didn’t ‘get it’ until the day she died in 1982.
Through narration and interviews with many great Conservative experts, Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged is absolutely a must-see movie. In addition to seeing the movie, if you haven’t read the book I highly recommend you do so.
As a Christian, I don’t agree with Rand’s atheistic side but I do agree with her stance on the perils of the government taking advantage of Christian guilt. John Allison, former CEO of BB & T Corporation, said, “A lot of times when people are talking about altruism they’re just talking about benevolence. Rand wasn’t attacking benevolence but she was attacking self-sacrifice.”
Overall, I believe Ayn Rand was a gifted genius in that she was able to convey exactly what could happen in America if we were to allow socialistic/communistic principles to take over.
The proof’s in the pudding, as they say—and Rand has certainly proven her pudding.
Go to AtlasShruggedDocumentary.com for your copy of this amazing DVD—and check your local theaters as it will be showing in (very) limited release this month.
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