Atlas Shrugged…Thanks to Hercules

I was just going to ignore the whole Ayn Rand/Atlas Shrugged anniversary thing, but this article, by Maggie Gallagher, finally caused me to mouth off.

The thing that has always bothered me about Ayn Rand’s stuff was that it was too individualistic. Even in the building of the dream house (I can’t remember the main character’s name, the architect, nor do I care, frankly), individualism was revered despite the fact that it took a team to build the monstrosity.

Maggie Gallagher finally gets to the real flaw in Ayn Rand’s thinking (or at least her writing), love exists. It isn’t always rational. Get over it! The real kicker for me is this:

“So you did it all yourself?”


“No one helped you?”


“Who changed your diapers?”