Does Atlas Shrug

Does Atlas Shrug
Author: Joel Slemrod
Pages: 524
ISBN: 0674001540
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Release: 2000
Editor: Harvard University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Since the introduction of the income tax in 1913, controversy has raged about how heavily to tax the rich. Opponents of high tax rates claim that heavy assessments have negative incentives on the productivity of some of our most talented citizens; supporters stress the importance of the rich shouldering their "fair share," and decry the loopholes that permit many to escape their obligations. Notably absent from this debate is hard evidence about the actual impact of taxes on the behavior of the affluent. This book presents evidence by leading economists of the effects of taxes on the formation of businesses, the supply of labor, the form of executive compensation, the accumulation of wealth, the allocation of portfolios, and the realization of capital gains. Among its findings are that the labor supply of the rich remained unchanged in the face of large tax cuts in 1986, and that in late 1992 executives exercised billions of dollars' worth of stock options in order to beat the tax increases expected in 1993. The book also presents a history of efforts to tax the rich, a demographic snapshot of the financially affluent, and a road map to widely used tax-avoidance strategies. Does Atlas Shrug? will be of great interest to policymakers and interested citizens who want to know how much tax revenue could really be gained by increasing tax rates on the rich, or whether low capital gains tax rates really spur economic growth.

Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged
Author: Ayn Rand
Pages: 1088
ISBN: 9781101137192
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Release: 2005-04-21
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Who is John Galt? When he says that he will stop the motor of the world, is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battles not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves? You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the amazing men and women in this book. You will discover why a productive genius becomes a worthless playboy...why a great steel industrialist is working for his own destruction...why a composer gives up his career on the night of his triumph...why a beautiful woman who runs a transcontinental railroad falls in love with the man she has sworn to kill. Atlas Shrugged, a modern classic and Rand’s most extensive statement of Objectivism—her groundbreaking philosophy—offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth century’s leading artists.

Ayn Rand s Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand s Atlas Shrugged
Author: Edward W. Younkins
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781317176565
Available:
Release: 2016-04-15
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Since its publication in 1957 Atlas Shrugged, the philosophical and artistic climax of Ayn Rand's novels, has never been out of print and has received enormous critical attention becoming one of the most influential books ever published, impacting on a variety of disciplines including philosophy, literature, economics, business, and political science among others. More than a great novel, Atlas Shrugged is an abstract conceptual, and symbolic work that expounds a radical philosophy, presenting a view of man and man's relationship to existence and manifesting the essentials of an entire philosophical system - metaphysics, epistemology, politics and ethics. Celebrating the fiftieth year of Atlas Shrugged's publication, this companion is an exploration of this monumental work of literature. Contributions have been specially commissioned from a diversity of eminent scholars who admire and have been influenced by the book, the included essays analyzing the novel's integrating elements of theme, plot and characterization from many perspectives and from various levels of meaning.

The Fountainhead

The Fountainhead
Author: Ayn Rand
Pages: 704
ISBN: 9780143194620
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Release: 2014-12-02
Editor: Penguin Canada
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When The Fountainhead was first published, Ayn Rand's daringly original literary vision and her groundbreaking philosophy, Objectivism, won immediate worldwide interest and acclaim. This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. This edition contains a special afterword by Rand’s literary executor, Leonard Peikoff, which includes excerpts from Ayn Rand’s own notes on the making of The Fountainhead. As fresh today as it was then, here is a novel about a hero—and about those who try to destroy him.

Atlas America

Atlas America
Author: Jon Galt
Pages: 140
ISBN: 1469958481
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Release: 2012-03-01
Editor: CreateSpace
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Atlas AmericaAmerica represents a unique, shining example in government. Its success is the envy of people all over the world. The governmental concepts of freedom defined in the US Constitution are a powerful force that generates unprecedented economic prosperity that is far greater than any other nation. For example: the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) listed by the International Monetary Fund for some of the larger countries are: United States $15.5 Trillion China $5.8 Trillion Japan $5.4 Trillion United Kingdom $3.5 Trillion Germany $3.2 Trillion France $2.5 Trillion As a result of this unprecedented success, many countries depend on America for economic, military and charitable support. America is truly Atlas to the World! Can America, when faced with unsustainable debt, continue in this role without threatening its future? Will Atlas shrug? A solution is suggested that could reestablish effective Constitutional control and fiscal sanity.John Galt is a fictional character in Ayn Rand's novel “Atlas Shrugged” (1957). Galt is depicted as a creator, philosopher, and inventor who symbolizes the power and glory of the human mind. He serves as the alternative to a society based on a culture that embraces stifling socialistic mediocrity and egalitarianism. The industrialists of America were compared to Atlas of Greek mythology, holding up the Earth. Galt persuades them to "shrug," by refusing to lend their productive genius to the regime any longer.

Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged
Author: Ayn Rand
Pages: 1168
ISBN: 0525948929
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Release: 2005
Editor: N A L
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Government leaders seeking control over all business become increasingly frantic as major industrial companies are being thrown into chaos following the sudden disappearance of their leaders.

Capitalism

Capitalism
Author: Ayn Rand,Nathaniel Branden,Alan Greenspan,Robert Hessen
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781101137697
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Release: 1986-07-15
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this series of essays, Ayn Rand presents her stand on the persecution of big business, the causes of war, the default of conservatism, and the evils of altruism. The foundations of capitalism are being battered by a flood of altruism, which is the cause of the modern world's collapse. This is the view of Ayn Rand, a view so radically opposed to prevailing attitudes that it constitutes a major philosophic revolution. Here is a challenging new look at modern society by one of the most provocative intellectuals on the American scene. This edition includes two articles by Ayn Rand that did not appear in the hardcover edition: “The Wreckage of the Consensus,” which presents the Objectivists’ views on Vietnam and the draft; and “Requiem for Man,” an answer to the Papal encyclical Progresso Populorum.

Anthem

Anthem
Author: Ayn Rand
Pages: 123
ISBN: 9781613103654
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Release: 1946
Editor: Library of Alexandria
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In a future world, only one man dares to think, strive, and love as an individual in the midst of a paralyzing collective humanity.

Temptation

Temptation
Author: Daniel Akst
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781101559307
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Release: 2011-12-27
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

" This elegantly written and useful book . . . describes how, for millennia, human beings have struggled to rein in desire." -USA Today At a time when the fallout from reckless spending and unrestrained consumption is fueling a national malaise, Daniel Akst delivers a witty and comprehensive investigation of the central problem of our time: how to save ourselves from what we want. Temptation reminds us that while more calories, sex, and intoxicants are readily available than ever before, crucial social constraints have eroded, creating a world that sorely tests the limits of human willpower. Referencing history, literature, psychology, philosophy, and economics, Akst draws a vivid picture of the many-sided problem of desire-and delivers a blueprint for how we can steer shrewdly away from a campaign of self-destruction.

The Seven Basic Plots

The Seven Basic Plots
Author: Christopher Booker
Pages: 736
ISBN: 9781441116512
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Release: 2005-11-11
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This remarkable and monumental book at last provides a comprehensive answer to the age-old riddle of whether there are only a small number of 'basic stories' in the world. Using a wealth of examples, from ancient myths and folk tales via the plays and novels of great literature to the popular movies and TV soap operas of today, it shows that there are seven archetypal themes which recur throughout every kind of storytelling. But this is only the prelude to an investigation into how and why we are 'programmed' to imagine stories in these ways, and how they relate to the inmost patterns of human psychology. Drawing on a vast array of examples, from Proust to detective stories, from the Marquis de Sade to E.T., Christopher Booker then leads us through the extraordinary changes in the nature of storytelling over the past 200 years, and why so many stories have 'lost the plot' by losing touch with their underlying archetypal purpose. Booker analyses why evolution has given us the need to tell stories and illustrates how storytelling has provided a uniquely revealing mirror to mankind's psychological development over the past 5000 years. This seminal book opens up in an entirely new way our understanding of the real purpose storytelling plays in our lives, and will be a talking point for years to come.

Who Is John Galt

Who Is John Galt
Author: Timothy Curry,Anthony Trifiletti
Pages: 286
ISBN: 1482654490
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Release: 2013-10
Editor: CreateSpace
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In recent press articles and among the general public, there is a sense that Ayn Rand's monumental Atlas Shrugged is a prophetic work, accurately predicting the Great Recession and the path on which America's economy and society are set. But Atlas Shrugged is a difficult book to read. Many are daunted by its extreme length, Rand's prose style, interminable speeches where the action stops cold, the author's atheism, and the sexuality of its characters. Rand references economists and philosophers such as Smith, Mill, Marx, Nietzsche and Aristotle without attribution. As a result, much of Rand's message goes over the head of the average reader. This makes it difficult for the reader to understand the main point of Rand's book - precisely what is it that happens when Atlas shrugs, and how does a society change over the course of that event? Is it merely fiction, or is Atlas shrugging now? The purpose of this book is to simplify the reader's task in understanding what Rand is saying and the philosophical and economic sources she mined. With increased interest in Rand's book on the part of book clubs, reading circles, and now a three-part movie, this book will aid casual and serious readers, book clubs, high school and college classes, moviegoers, and home-schoolers to master Rand's work. There are 30 chapters, each one matched to the 30 chapters Rand utilized for Atlas Shrugged. Each chapter starts with a synopsis and detailed discussion of Rand's source material and the points she wishes to make. There may be one or more essays explaining arcane points of railroading, American society of the Fifties, or historical characters thinly disguised by Rand for the book. Rather than didactically draw open parallels to current events, each chapter closes with discussion topics posed to the reader, class or book club to encourage independent thought. This book will be an outstanding aid to comprehending one of the most discussed books of this era.

Atlas Shrugged and Jesus Wept

Atlas Shrugged and Jesus Wept
Author: Don Milne
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781105646515
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Release: 2021
Editor: Lulu.com
Language: en

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Alan Shrugged

Alan Shrugged
Author: Jerome Tuccille
Pages: 302
ISBN: 047143356X
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Release: 2002-11-18
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Language: en

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BioShock and Philosophy

BioShock and Philosophy
Author: Luke Cuddy
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781118915882
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Release: 2015-04-27
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Considered a sign of the ‘coming of age’ of video games as an artistic medium, the award-winning BioShock franchise covers vast philosophical ground. BioShock and Philosophy: Irrational Game, Rational Book presents expert reflections by philosophers (and Bioshock connoisseurs) on this critically acclaimed and immersive fan-favorite. Reveals the philosophical questions raised through the artistic complexity, compelling characters and absorbing plots of this ground-breaking first-person shooter (FPS) Explores what BioShock teaches the gamer about gaming, and the aesthetics of video game storytelling Addresses a wide array of topics including Marxism, propaganda, human enhancement technologies, political decision-making, free will, morality, feminism, transworld individuality, and vending machines in the dystopian society of Rapture Considers visionary game developer Ken Levine’s depiction of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, as well as the theories of Aristotle, de Beauvoir, Dewey, Leibniz, Marx, Plato, and others from the Hall of Philosophical Heroes

Hate on the Right

Hate on the Right
Author: Michael Waltman
Pages: 264
ISBN: 1433119471
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Release: 2014-10-30
Editor: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This book examines the ways that hatred comes alive in language and discourse. It asks whether much of the discourse on the political right - that which attacks their enemies - is hate speech. Extending Michael Waltman's previous work on hate speech, this book examines the discourse and language produced by a variety of right-wing groups and attempts to determine the homology that exists among their discourses. These groups, which include the racist right wing, the political right wing, the Christian right wing, and the paramilitary right wing, are examined respectively through the lenses of the film <I>White Apocalypse, the book <I>Atlas Shrugged, the <I>Left Behind trilogy of movies, and the web pages maintained by the Republic of the United States of America and the National Rifle Association. The author looks at the discourses of hate produced in these seminal texts in order to identify a homology of exclusion that unites the forms of right-wing extremism, giving them a common frame of reference when confronting social and political challenges.

Exploring Atlas Shrugged

Exploring Atlas Shrugged
Author: Edward W. Younkins
Pages: 190
ISBN: 9781793636430
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Release: 2021-07-13
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Exploring Atlas Shrugged is a study and celebration of Ayn Rand’s monumental work of philosophy and literature. Younkins appreciates the significance of Atlas Shrugged in a wide range of disciplines including philosophy, literature, economics, and political science.

Ayn Rand s Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand s Atlas Shrugged
Author: Professor Edward W Younkins
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781409485285
Available:
Release: 2012-10-01
Editor: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Since its publication in 1957 Atlas Shrugged, the philosophical and artistic climax of Ayn Rand's novels, has never been out of print and has received enormous critical attention becoming one of the most influential books ever published, impacting on a variety of disciplines including philosophy, literature, economics, business, and political science among others. More than a great novel, Atlas Shrugged is an abstract conceptual, and symbolic work that expounds a radical philosophy, presenting a view of man and man's relationship to existence and manifesting the essentials of an entire philosophical system – metaphysics, epistemology, politics and ethics. Celebrating the fiftieth year of Atlas Shrugged's publication, this companion is an exploration of this monumental work of literature. Contributions have been specially commissioned from a diversity of eminent scholars who admire and have been influenced by the book, the included essays analyzing the novel's integrating elements of theme, plot and characterization from many perspectives and from various levels of meaning.

Philosophy

Philosophy
Author: Ayn Rand
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781101137703
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Release: 1984-11-01
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This collection of essays was the last work planned by Ayn Rand before her death in 1982. In it, she summarizes her view of philosophy and deals with a broad spectrum of topics. According to Ayn Rand, the choice we make is not whether to have a philosophy, but which one to have: rational, conscious, and therefore practical; or contradictory, unidentified, and ultimately lethal. Written with all the clarity and eloquence that have placed Ayn Rand’s Objectivist philosophy in the mainstream of American thought, these essays range over such basic issues as education, morality, censorship, and inflation to prove that philosophy is the fundamental force in all our lives.

Days in Midgard

Days in Midgard
Author: Steven T. Abell
Pages: 284
ISBN: 1432719947
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Release: 2008-01
Editor: Outskirts Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Where is it that gods go after they've been banished? Maybe they haven't gone anywhere. In oblique encounters with passing strangers, the lives of ordinary and not-so-ordinary people turn in new and interesting directions. These stories are based on the myths of the Vikings, but they contain nothing magical or supernatural. Or do they? Sometimes it's hard to tell. Perhaps the magic lies in living men and women as they spend, and sometimes end, their Days in Midgard.

CliffsNotes on Rand s Atlas Shrugged

CliffsNotes on Rand s Atlas Shrugged
Author: Andrew Bernstein
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9780544179752
Available:
Release: 2011-05-18
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also features glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. CliffsNotes on Atlas Shrugged is your guide to author Ayn Rand's masterpiece, an impassioned defense of the freedom of man's mind. She shows that without the independent mind, our society would collapse into primitive savagery. Delve into the post-World War II historical context of Atlas Shrugged and the modern implications of its conclusions. Other features that help you study include Character analyses of major players A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters Critical essays A review section that tests your knowledge A Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.