I actually finished Atlas Shrugged a few weeks ago but have not written anything yet — it was 1200 pages and I have a lot to say – If I can find the time!
Anyway, I ran out of reading material on a recent trip and grabbed this book at Borders. (It is so hard to pay list price for a book these days, after years of discounts at on-line retailers with free shipping but sometimes in a pinch when I don’t have anything to read, I have to. 😦 )
This was a very fast read (I read it in a day) and not nearly as deep or complex as Rand’s other books that I have finished, but it was still quite good. Almost sci-fi like. The basic premise is that of mankind in the future, where all sense of individualism is lost. Even when the characters are talking of themselves, they use “we,” or “us,” or “our,” but never “I” or “me” or “mine. Any work towards all mankind is good, and any work, thought, desire for an individual is evil. The triumph of the main character (whose name is Equality 7-2521) is when he finally, truly discovers his “ego,” his self, and uses the word I.”
Just one quote, and it goes along with past discussions of freedom:
But what is freedom? Freedom from what? There is nothing to take a man’s freedom away from him, save other men. To be free, a man must be free of his brothers. That is freedom. This and nothing else.
Note that in The Fountainhead, Rand defines freedom as “want nothing, expect nothing, depend on nothing.”