Here’s hoping they just keep on flying, right on out into space

This just in from the Ayn Rand Institute:

“Atlas Shrugged” Still Flying Off Shelves!

WASHINGTON—New reports from Ayn Rand’s publisher indicates that sales figures for “Atlas Shrugged” are continuing a remarkable trend.

In 2011 all English editions of “Atlas Shrugged” sold 445,000 copies.

“This is incredible,” says Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. “Since Obama was elected, ‘Atlas Shrugged’ has sold more than 1.5 million copies. This is unheard of in the publishing industry, for a 55-year-old novel to register sales of this magnitude. And what’s even more remarkable is that this is even more than the book sold in 1957 . . . when it was a best seller!”

In addition, Penguin’s new “Atlas Shrugged” iPad app recently won the Publishing Innovation Award for best app in the fiction category.

Atlas Shrugged” is a mystery story about the disappearance of America’s great thinkers, industrialists, inventors and artists. Its theme is the role of the mind in man’s existence. A philosophical novel of breathtaking scope, “Atlas Shrugged” has been embraced, in recent years, by people looking for answers to the problems of an ever-expanding federal government.

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Come on, duh — the Tea Party has been a very popular thing in certain quarters over the last couple of years. This is right up their alley. Think about this: Ayn Rand is selling right now for the same reason Sarah Palin books sell. That, and the fact that some people probably confuse Ayn and Rand Paul.

So stick that in your Objectivist pipe and smoke it. Just be sure to do so in the designated smoking area, well away from the building.

7 thoughts on “Here’s hoping they just keep on flying, right on out into space

  1. Doug Ross

    Sorry, it’s not a Tea Party phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged has consistently ranked among the top selling books for decades.

    Have you read it? It’s a good story. Epic in scope and still very relevant today. There are people who do things, people who believe they have a right to the fruits of others hard work, and politicians who profit as the middlemen between the two groups.

    The basic premise of what would happen if the true producers in the world dropped out of society is a horror story for big government types. My favorite part is at the end. The torture machine used by the government lackeys to get John Galt to agree to fix the economic collapse breaks down. While the government moron throws up his hands trying to fix the problem, Galt, while lying strapped to the table after hours of torture, calmly explains how to fix the machine. That attitude scares the hell out of the government.

    The movie that came out last year (part 1 of a 3 part series) was actually pretty good.

  2. Ralph Hightower

    I wonder how SC Governot Nikki Haley’s fictional autobiography “Can’t Is Not an Option” will sell?

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