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‘Atlas Shrugged’ gives U.S. a look at future

Letter to the editor

Page Two would like to take exception with the guest commentary of Doris Stevenson (Sept. 26). As with anyone and everyone, she is entitled to her opinion and it was well written. She writes, “If Ann Rand’s belated admirers think her calloused value code is relevant to our political system and should influence our vote, it isn’t.” My opinion is completely antipodal. The Roman Empire, as great as it was, ended in defeat and was broken up. Genghis Kahn was eventually destroyed, buried in an unknown place in a grave unmarked (spring 1206–August 1227). We have to look no further than South America to see what changes in history are taking. Hugo Chávez, who has received billions to drill for oil from the U.S., is moving towards quasi-socialist income redistribution and social welfare programs, the same as the current administration.

“Atlas Shrugged” is not a guideline for the United States, but rather a blueprint for what will come as we all become complacent with the changes being made over a slow period of time so that we shall not notice them until it’s too late. Like the professor who dropped a frog into a boiling beaker of water and the frog immediately jumped out. Then the professor put the frog into a beaker of water at room temperature and put a small flame under it. The frog became accustomed to the ever so slight change in temperature until it was too late.

As Chávez changes his government to provide him with permanent power, so I believe all in Washington will do the same. More later from Page Two.

WARREN D. GRANT

Albany

Comments

FryarTuk 1 year, 10 months ago

The argument of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged is simplistic - eschew collectivism pursue individualism. Well, okay. It's a good discussion topic for sharp high schoolers and mediocre college students. Actually it is more appropriate for the 50's & 60's. See how well it worked in Ayn Rand's home, the Soviet Union. By the way, Atlas Shrugged is not the signal work for Randian philosophy but that's another discussion. Hey, you guys that like this stuff, let's go for fries and a burger after class. My treat!

Well said, Doris Stevenson. Mr. Grant, you are off on your dates for G. Khan. He lived to the ripe old age of 65 (pretty good back then). The Kahn's dynasty (Mongol) grew after his death to become the largest empire in history and lasted until about 1370 when it broke up due to the infighting over the interpretation of Ayn Rand's new book extolling selfishness.

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