William Buckley on Ayn Rand & Atlas Shrugged

Posted by Larry Miller on November 13, 2012 under Why | Be the First to Comment

Atlas Shrugged Part II is currently running in American theaters. I came across this conversation between the patron saint of my generation of conservatives, William F Buckley, Jr as he discusses his contacts with the story’s creator. His eloquence and insight are elements we sorely miss in today’s political discourse.

His understanding of Ayn Rand is quite instructive. He understood the individualistic roots of her objectivist philosophy, that had some good to recommend it, but published in his National Review magaize, a review of her work by Whitaker Chambers. Chambers noted that in thousand plus pages of the book contained a complete absence of charity and altruism.

It is a dark world if all one has is one’s self. Yet, much can be learned if the information is filtered by a more complete version of the truth than Ms. Rand could comprehend. I have not considered all the implications of “going Galt”, but it there may come a time when dropping out of a corrupt society may be our best option, if we can still function as the salt and light we were intended to be. On the other hand, that may just be thrust upon us if we are living in the times described in Revelation… but that’s a discussion for another day.

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