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Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged (2011)

'Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged is a feature length documentary film that examines the resurging interest in Ayn Rand's epic and controversial 1957 novel and the validity of its dire prediction for America.


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Credited cast:
John Allison John Allison ... Himself - Interviewee
Clifford Asness Clifford Asness ... Himself - Interviewee
Rajia Baroudi Rajia Baroudi ... Voice
Mike Berliner Mike Berliner ... Himself - Interviewee
Andrew Bernstein Andrew Bernstein ... Himself - Interviewee
Harry Binswanger Harry Binswanger ... Himself - Interviewee
Yaron Brook Yaron Brook ... Himself - Interviewee
Northrup Buechner Northrup Buechner ... Himself - Interviewee
Jennifer Burns Jennifer Burns ... Herself - Interviewee
Corey Bustamante Corey Bustamante ... Himself - Interviewee
John Campbell John Campbell ... Himself - Interviewee
Christopher Cerf Christopher Cerf ... Himself - Interviewee
Giovanni Cirfiera ... Novel Character
Corey Clark Corey Clark ... Himself - Interviewee
Dan Cloer Dan Cloer ... Himself - Interviewee


'Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged is a feature length documentary film that examines the resurging interest in Ayn Rand's epic and controversial 1957 novel and the validity of its dire prediction for America.

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Music by Dana Suesse
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
Performed by Annette Hanshaw
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Appealing to libertarians, myopic economists, devotees of objectivism, and more
8 August 2016 | by Schatz87See all my reviews

A documentary that appeals to insouciant libertarians, neophytes in economics, and everything in between. The filmmakers have succeeded in amassing an impressive range of political hacks and starry-eyed apostles that are more than willing to espouse their unbridled adulation of Rand. Viewers are richly rewarded with both a flattering homage to the person Ayn Rand as well as receiving a treat of mental masturbation to her philosophical ideas.

The two interviewees with more substantive understanding are Jennifer Burns and Anne C. Heller, which both have written purportedly comprehensive books on the topic. All in all the documentary briefly touches upon Rands privileged childhood in Russia, semi-forced escape to the US in the mid-1920s, to the harsh criticism in the media after the publication of Atlas Shrugged. Objectivism and her magnum opus are slightly expanded upon, while all critical viewpoints are conspicuously absent. Moreover, what is further lacking is any discussion of the character flaws and hypocrisy Rand displayed in her personal life.

The main problem with the implied prophesy of the novel - and the most crucial piece that Rand got completely backwards - was the expected cronyism of the "big government". In reality the problem in US was always an exceptionally strong and overpowering private sector, which has been able to water down regulations and any attempts to rein in its power. This has concerned everything from a lax oversight of Wall Street, to curbing polluting industries, to ensuring America has became inundated with guns and fire arms, to an ever-mushrooming military-industrial complex... At the core the problem was never the naive and idiotic fantasy of secretive government churning out Soylent Green, but an unhinged private sector that won every battle against ordinary people by a cadre of K-Street lobbyists, bought republican politicians, and well-funded media campaigns propagating misinformation.

In fact, after the global meltdown of financial markets in 2008 even the ex-fed chairman Alan Greenspan, the early disciple Ayn Rand ever since the 1950s, had to admit that the outcome of a free, unregulated market was complete financial disaster.

Finally, what clearly detracts from the documentary is having an entire conveyor belt of asinine opinions and mind-boggling ignorance regurgitated by a series of ever dumber pea-brained minions.

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