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message 1: by Richard (new)

Richard Heads up — I effectively wrote the same review for that other one. Yeah, Atlas Shrugged. But for some reason, that one got all the comments. So look there, if you wanna.

message 2: by David (new)

David I understand your special concern about teenagers, but it's also a dangerous philosophy in the hands of self-important people with wealth & power (or the ruthlessness to seize wealth & power). Reminds me of the Psychology Today blog article saying that if a person acted as selfish & uncaring about society as big corporations, he'd be considered to need psychiatric help. ( To me, Ayn Rand says, "If you have a high opinion of yourself, you should be a sociopath."

message 3: by Richard (new)

Richard Hey, David, could you report this over at the discussion on Atlas Shurgged? I especially like that PsychToday article; even more so considering the fellow that has been defending Libertarianism is really hyped on the book Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights.

message 4: by Esteban (new)

Esteban del Mal Great article.

message 5: by David (new)

David Perhaps, you'd also be interested in my article, "What's Wrong with Libertarianism" ( Or the Scientific American articles mentioned at the end:
1) How Animals Do Business; April 2005; by Frans B. M. de Waal; 8 page(s)
2) Humans and other animals share a heritage of economic tendencies--including cooperation, repayment of favors and resentment at being shortchanged
3) The Arithmetics of Mutual Help; June 1995; by Nowak, May, Sigmund; 6 page(s)
Computer experiments show how cooperation rather than exploitation can dominate in the Darwinian struggle for survival
4) The Economics of Fair Play; January 2002; by Karl Sigmund, Ernst Fehr and Martin A. Nowak; 6 page(s)
Why do we value fairness and cooperation over seemingly more rational selfishness? How can Darwinian generosity arise? Biologists and economists explain
5) The Dynamics of Social Dilemmas; March 1994; by Glance, Huberman; 6 page(s)
Individuals in groups must often choose between acting selfishly or cooperating for the common good. Social models explain how group cooperation arises - and why that behavior can suddenly change
6) Never Give a Sucker an Even Break; October 1993; by Tim Beardsley; 1 page(s)
Shall the meek inherit the earth, or is might right? Students of behavior have expended much effort analyzing whether evolution should favor individuals who cooperate or exploiters who go for short-term gains.
7) The Traveler's Dilemma; June 2007; by Kaushik Basu; 6 Page(s)
People playing this simple game consistently reject the rational choice. In fact, by acting illogically, they end up reaping a larger reward--an outcome that demands a new kind of formal reasoning

message 6: by Esteban (new)

Esteban del Mal Have you read anything on behavioral economics? Animal Spirits, I think, is the title to a book...haven't read it myself. Anyway, some of those articles allude to it. I'll check 'em out. Thanks!

message 7: by Denis (new)

Denis Loved this excellent and thorough review, and comments it evoked. Why people are still so ruffled one way or another by Fountain and Shrugged is well beyond me. When I first read these while in college during the eighties-I preferred Fountain, Shrugged was a bit much-I just took them as well told fantasy that inspired one to try a little harder.

Not recommended for die-hard slackers.

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