Should ATLAS SHRUGGED Be Required Reading?

James S. Valliant's picture
Submitted by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2008-04-12 15:05

So asks the The Wall Street Journal.

The real question, of course: does "required" imply the initiation of force? Smiling

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Yet Again?!

James S. Valliant's picture

Scientific or not, the number of polls which consistently rank Rand at or near the top of the most popular books for Americans is astonishing.

Notice the recent flash-in-the-pans on the list like Dan Brown's and Ms. Rowling's titles. Tolkein has also enjoyed a recent film series. No one can think King will endure on such a list, either.

On the other hand, Rand has been dead for more than a quarter of a century...

Also noteworthy, the whole list is nothing but fiction (including #1!)

Not needed as compulsory reading...

Marcus's picture

...because a new nationwide poll of 2,513 U.S. adults were asked unprompted what their favourite book was, and Atlas Shrugged was voted at no.9.


Actually, given that a Steven King novel comes before Atlas Shrugged, maybe it should be made compulsory!!! Evil


1 The Bible
2 Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
3 Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien
4 Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
5 The Stand, by Stephen King
6 The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown
7 To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
8 Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown
9 Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
10 Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

Of Course...

James S. Valliant's picture

Schools and classes can "require" reading -- for their own schools and classes!!

And, for adults, this isn't "force" -- they can just leave.

(Just thought I'd clarify.)


kaiwai's picture

I think there needs to be a set of books of require reading. With that being said, I think that if someone has read a set of these 'books' their outward apperance will demonstrate that fact.


Callum McPetrie's picture

That would be brilliant.

"Socialism may be dead, but its corpse is still rotting up the place." -Ayn Rand

Well ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

... it's certainly got them talking! Why, I even noticed a Ms Ashworth over there! Smiling

Required reading Yes - Initiation of force - No

Sandi's picture

Rand is very clear about the term "Physical" force as compulsion.

I choose to use dinning out to highlight my view of requirement versus the initiation of force. A menu is a requirement, but you are free to choose to read it or ignore it. A menu is essential part of a "good dining" experience, but you are not physically FORCED to read it. The requirement of a menu is essential in order to maximise the benefit to both the diner and the facilitator. If you do not like the menu, then you are indeed free to leave and choose another restaurant (facilitator) elsewhere.

When making a decent wine list. Someone has to make the decisions on which wines to choose. Just because some wines are popular and well known, doesn't necessarily mean that they are indeed the best wines.

I wish I was introduced to Ayn Rand when I was at school.

"As a human being, you have no choice about the fact that you need a philosophy."

- Ayn Rand

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