- The Washington Times - Friday, October 12, 2012

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