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Atlas Shrugged

With some of the free time I had while at the camp I started "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. I don't quite remember when I bought the book, but it had been sitting on one of my shelves for some time. I believe one my motivations for buying the book came after reading "Sewer, Gas & Electric" by Matt Ruff in which Ayn Rand is carried around in a lamp. I found the story engaging and recently completed it.

I won't even begin to claim that I understood all of the philosophy contained in the book. What I do agree with is many of the general ideas. I'm sure reading through the Objectivism entry would help clarify things. I also suspect rereading the "This is John Galt Speaking" chapter would reiterate the main points. For me, the fact that the philosophy was set in a fictional world helped make the material more digestible. Instead of being a dry exposition many of the tenets were captured in the characters actions and personalities. Overall I'm glad that I read it.

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I personally find Objectivism to be a bit of a crock; it's basically radical atheism + libertarianism wrapped up in a shallow veneer of philosophy. I've done a brief review of the topic here, but it probably deserves a more thorough refutation. And by refutation, I mean it needs to get dragged into an alley and beaten with a lead pipe until it stops leaking fluids.

Don't take my word for it, though - here's a thorough deconstruction of Objectivism by a professor of philosophy at U.C. Boulder. I'm sure you can find others.