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"Stephen Goldstein does to Ayn Rand acolytes what Stephen Colbert does to Bill O'Reilly. Atlas Drugged is the most unflinching satire of the Right I've ever read. Goldstein has a mellifluous voice, and he puts it to deliciously ruthless use. Conservatives and libertarians will complain that it's unrealistically over-the-top, and so-called 'centrists' will complain that it's unnecessarily partisan, but as shown in recent interviews with and stories about the true Randites in the top 1 percent, this book is closer to nonfiction than... well, than any of us should be comfortable with. And that's the point. You shouldn't be comfortable with the status quo. You shouldn't condone sociopathic greed, much less succumb to it. To do so is to violate the very moral precepts that make our civilization possible. Goldstein's achievement here is to show us a world without those precepts and to challenge us to prevent it from becoming a reality."-- Anthony W. Orlando, South Florida Sun-Sentinel op-ed columnist, Wharton-and-LSE-educated economic historian, and Los-Angeles-based businessman

About the Author

Author, journalist, and radio and TV talk show host, Stephen L. Goldstein, is an op-ed columnist and one of The Dueling Columnists for The Sun-Sentinel (Tribune paper in South Florida). He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Hellgate Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555717098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555717094
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,826,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Imagine an America where Ayn Rand's ideas were actually adopted and enforced. Imagine this 67 years later, when there is no longer any social safety net, nothing but a contrast of the impossibly rich with no curbs on greed and dishonesty and the rest of us - unprotected and essentially abandoned by our government.
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.
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The larger problem with this work is its basic plot line -- it looks at the US years after Atlas Shrugged happens to destroy the various myths of Ayn Rand's economic theory (or non-theory). The absurdity of Atlas Shrugged -- that the nation would give a damn if the giants of US industry went into voluntary exile -- makes it hard to accept this derivative work at any level. The writing itself is bad, very bad -- poor dialogue, no character development, et al. There is some attempt to make the book humorous, but it really has no particularly funny scenes, characters, or dialogue. In truth, I could not finish the book, it was that bad.
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I loved the book, especially the humor. I also enjoyed Atlas Shrugged, mainly because it was different than anything else I had read at the time, and was therefore a "discovery." In later years it interested me because it was the doctrine of a cult, and I find cults facinating. "Atlas Drugged" is like the de-programming from the cult. Also has some good ideas as to how to counter the Randian cult that is taking over our politics.
Beverly Garside
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Imagine waking up in the middle of a dream - the Ayn-Randianization of the United States is celebrating its 67th anniversary. A wet dream or your worst nightmare, depending on one's socio-economic-political viewpoint.

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.
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When I was a kid in college, Nathaniel Branden came to UVA to give a lecture about Ms. Rand's philosophy and ideas -- the first thing he said was: "We do not swim in your streams." About twenty of us got up and left the hall with that comment! Mr. Goldstein has successfully debunked the truly stupid and ill-founded concepts of Ms. Rand in an absolutely wonderful and entertaining way. This book is a must read for anyone who has ever read anything by Ayn Rand. Mr. Goldstein has fleshed out Dorothy Parker's wonderful review of "Atlas Shrugged" - - "This is not a novel that should be tossed aside lightly, it should be thrown aside with great force." -- Enough said -- Charles Bryant
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By garrettg on December 17, 2013
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A great read. I heartily recommend this volume. Searingly funny as well. I will read the new one coming out in 2014 as well.
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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 away and a new group took over. They weren't quite so idealistic, and the result is shown in "Atlas Drugged". The book covers the struggles of those who are disenchanted with the new business oriented climate. I think you will enjoy this book immensely.
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Great read, the hardest part was starting this big book, then I couldn't put it down...
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