Thursday, June 01, 2006

More a vigorous shake than a shrug 

And I thought Hinderaker disliked the book: You haven't read a right-winger pan Atlas Shrugged like Whittaker Chambers did in 1957.
The news about this book seems to me to be that any ordinarily sensible head could not possibly take it seriously, and that, apparently, a good many do. Somebody has called it: "Excruciatingly awful." I find it a remarkably silly book. It is certainly a bumptious one. Its story is preposterous. It reports the final stages of a final conflict (locale: chiefly the United States, some indefinite years hence) between the harried ranks of free enterprise and the "looters." These are proponents of proscriptive taxes, government ownership, labor, etc., etc. The mischief here is that the author, dodging into fiction, nevertheless counts on your reading it as political reality.
Most libertarians I know dismiss him as a former Communist. Maybe we could get Alec Baldwin to play him. I'm going to guess Rocket and Trunk don't go to the movie.

(h/t: Sally Jo Sorensen.)