LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Rand was right

Question of the Day

Should Congress make English the official language of the U.S.?

View results

Imagine my surprise when I compared the irony of the presence of two items in the Friday edition of The Washington Times. The first, “Shrug culture” (Inside the Beltway) explained the setting of the second installment of “Atlas Shrugged,” the Ayn Rand novel made into a movie, and quoted the film’s creative team saying: “The global economy is on the brink of collapse. Unemployment has risen to 24 percent. Gas is now $42 per gallon.” Skip ahead to page A13, to an item in the world briefs about Greece: “Unemployment rises above 25 percent.”

The brilliance of Ayn Rand in 1957 was to write prophetically about the outcome of a government that suppresses capitalism and demonizes individual achievement. Rand’s writings exemplify the catastrophe she foresaw taking place if we diminished the rights of the “world’s smallest minority — the individual.”

LORRAINE RYAN

Berwyn Heights

© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
TWT Video Picks
You Might Also Like
  • Maureen McDonnell looks on as her husband, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, made a statement on Tuesday after the couple was indicted on corruption charges. (associated press)

    PRUDEN: Where have the big-time grifters gone?

  • This photo taken Jan. 9, 2014,  shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gesturing as he answers a question during a news conference  at the Statehouse in Trenton.  Christie will propose extending the public school calendar and lengthening the school day in a speech he hopes will help him rebound from an apparent political payback scheme orchestrated by key aides. The early front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination will make a case Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014, that children who spend more time in school graduate better prepared academically, according to excerpts of his State of the State address obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    BRUCE: Bombastic arrogance or humble determination? Chris Christie’s choice

  • ** FILE ** Secretary of State Hillary Rodham testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    PRUDEN: The question to haunt the West

  • Get Breaking Alerts