There is a movie and a cable mini-series that I am looking forward to viewing in the near future. One is inspired by a diehard libertarian and the other by an unabashed liberal.
I cannot wait to see both.
Today, the first part of the popularized version of Atlas Shrugged hits theaters. As many of you know, Atlas Shrugged is based on Ayn Rand’s objectivist philosophy. This philosophy combines unapologetic views of free market capitalism and extreme social Darwinism, combined with atheistic religious and social views. It can sometimes be cold as it measures individuals almost exclusively by what they produce.
On Sunday, HBO will launch a mini-series of George R.R. Martin’s popular A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series. The first book of the series is A Game of Thrones. While I am a voracious reader of this series, I am frequently irritated by its author’s left wing politics. That said, the books are fantastic as is the first segment of the HBO series below (Warning: there are two decapitation scenes, so watch at your own peril).
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My personal view on both books is that Ayn Rand’s vision captures the way society works fairly accurately, but her characters tend to be wooden and idealized. The methods the book’s antagonists use to consolidate power chillingly remind me of the arguments many Democrats use to justify more entitlements and increased taxes.
George R.R. Martin, however, tends to have far more realistic characters. Few of them are good, and most of them ruthlessly pursue their own interests. In my personal experience, people tend to behave in this manner pretty consistently, particularly in business.
Either way, I am looking forward to seeing both of these productions.