I imagine that most readers of my blog will be heading out to see the Atlas Shrugged movie this weekend. If you would like to share your thoughts on it, add a comment here, or register to participate in my live webcast this Sunday, when we will be discussing it.
We will also be discussing some of the media attention Rand and her ideas have gotten recently as a result of the movie’s release. An example brought to my attention today: this hit piece in which the author asserts, apparently drawing upon something Jennifer Burns mentioned in her biography, that Ayn Rand was a big admirer of serial killers. Phew! Now no one needs to actually address the content of Rand’s ideas, or her arguments for them, because we all know that upholding a philosophy that rejects self-sacrifice is equivalent to being a serial killer anyway.
In fact, the author of the article recommends, at the end of the piece, that Rand’s followers should be dealt with in the same way one deals with serial killers. They should be “run  the hell out of town and out of our hemisphere.” Lovely.