Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged
A novel of ideas
In his tweet dated 7th of July 2019, Prime Minister Imran Khan shared the words of a renowned Russian-American writer, Ayn Rand, which, in his view, aptly describe the state in which the national economy was when he took over the reins of the country. In his post, the premier said, “This is so apt for the Pakistan inherited by the PTI government. Ayn Rand wrote this almost 60 years ago. It’s frightening how accurate this statement is today.” This was followed by a screenshot of one of the writer`s famous quotes. The writer of the acclaimed work Atlas Shrugged had said: “When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion—when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing—when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in good, but in favours—when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you—when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice—you may know that your society is doomed.”
This tweet has garnered a lot of curiosity among the people about Ayn Rand and her writings. Following is a review of this monumental work titled “Atlas Shrugged”
One of the most influential business books ever written is a 1,200-page novel published 50 years ago, on Oct. 12, 1957. The book is “Atlas Shrugged,” Ayn Rand’s glorification of the right of individuals to live entirely for their own interest. Arresting in its breadth, depth, and style, the novel is a manifesto on politics, philosophy, and economics wrapped up in a compelling narrative featuring larger-than-life (and smaller-than-life) characters.
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