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Atlas Drugged: Ayn Rand Be Damned! Paperback – June 1, 2012
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This calls for satire, which Mr. Goldstein provides in abundance. The book is by turns outrageous and, in the end, a bit frightening. The author pushes Rand/John Galt concepts further and further until, with impeccable, but infernal logic, he creates an America that is an exaggerated nightmare, but not entirely unthinkable.
This should appeal to anyone who ever flirted with the Ayn Rand ideas in college, and who, hopefully, recognized their danger and limitations in time to lead more productive, humane lives.
The satirical novel "Atlas Drugged: Ayn Rand Be Damned" is the farcical sequel to the FICTIONAL (caps provided for those who confuse novels with reality), and equally farcical "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. John Galt and Dagney Taggart are long gone but the 'virtue of selfishness' (the title of another Rand novelette) is alive and well.
As a satire, in "Drugged" the credos of 'greed is good' and 'self-interest is the only defensible motivating force behind one's actions' have evolved and hardened to their heartless, perhaps incredulous extreme. But then again who would have ever thought the National Socialistic German Worker's Party would turn into the concentration camp party, or for that matter, American corporations would become people, politicians genuflecting at their feet. The message is clear to the worshippers of rugged individualism. Be careful what you wish for.
As a parody, this work brilliantly mocks the paper-thin, un-life-like, cardboard characters portrayed in "Shrugged". And like-wise, the constant repetition is a reminder of the mind-numbing 1,070 pages that it takes Rand to say "communism and socialism bad; capitalism good!"
If a reading of "Atlas Drugged" accomplishes only one thing - saving you from the laborious task of reading "Shrugged" - then it will have been worth it.
Stephen Goldstein, a Sun Sentinel political columnist, demonstrates prescience.Read more ›
Stephen L. Goldstein has just published a book, also worth reading, called Atlas Drugged (Ayn Rand Be Damned!) It's fiction, often hilarious fiction, aimed at debunking the notion that Ayn Randian "free-market" trickle-down crapitalism can coexist with basic human decency. "This is a work of fiction," says the back cover. "But any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely intentional. The names have been changed but, hopefully, not enough to protect the guilty."
In fact, while the book takes rightwingerism to an extreme, it blends in plenty of elements from reality. Imagine the most outlandish carrying of so-called conservatism to its logical conclusion, and abandoning New Orleans to a hurricane, or watching a fire department stand by while a house burns (because the owner didn't pay the proper fees) fits right in.
The opening scene is basically a CPAC conference set in a world in which normal had become one of today's CPAC conferences. The speeches of the fascists who populate this book ought to echo in the reader's head when he or she later hears the speeches of actual politicians, because the former are just slightly exaggerated versions of the latter.
The heroes of the book are part Occupy Wall Street, part Anonymous. People march by the millions. They organize and inspire. They shut down all the department stores owned by a particular plutocrat, simply by "shopping" en masse, without actually buying anything.Read more ›
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The flow in the book was monotonous. Not too much substance. This stuff could have been condensed into 80 pages. An ominous foreboding. Don't know how ominous.Published on November 17, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Stephen Goldstein would do best to write children's stories. His juvenile think piece muddles along attempting to counter Ayn Rands logic and is yet another example of the lefts... Read morePublished on October 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Sure make hash out of the radical right's approach to all things! Wish all could be convinced to read it!Published on July 30, 2013 by Bill Nye
I read Ayn Rands book "Atlas Shrugged" a long time ago and really enjoyed it. This book shows what could have happened when those idealists who started that revolution died... Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Big Al
Not recommended for any reader! Moves way to slow Nd has the weakest plot imaginable! Was not even worth the small money I paid!Published on June 8, 2013 by Big Mo
I was looking forward to a witty, well-written, and thorough debunking of the nonsense that is Any Rand "thought". Unfortunately, this book is none of those things. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Greg Zane