In any case, where was I? Oh, right, I finished listening to Atlas Shrugged a day or two ago. The crazy hours I've been keeping doesn't help my knowing what day something happened. Last night I was working at my computer until 6 a.m. I just wasn't tired. I really can't let myself take naps in the afternoon or this just gets worse and worse.
My assessment, now that I've heard the whole thing, is that I wasn't terribly impressed. I was especially unimpressed with the ending. From a literary standpoint, it was weak to say the least. And it didn't do anything to rescue it philosophically. But listening to the way Rand talks about political philosophy and watching American financial markets crash was an interesting irony because it seems certain to me that Rand would support deregulation and oppose the bail out. I actually wonder what the Objectivists on M-Atheists think of what's going on?
As an antidote to Atlas Shrugged, I put in Bad Money by Kevin Phillips, a Republican economist who wrote American Theocracy, and also about the Bush dynasty. I finished it this afternoon. The book was written late last year, and published earlier this year, and together with American Theocracy which I have talked about on this blog before, highlights a lot of things that we are beginning to see unfold right now...
This video is from when the book came out.
I can't find anything from him talking in the last week, but I guess we don't want to hear doom and gloom. Unfortunately, both his books contain a vital historical context that really left me thinking of the phrase "Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it", and from an American standpoint, that is a gloomy prospect.
I still have some more class prep to do, but I think next after this is Susan Jacoby's Age of American Unreason, and I have two books on climate change. One has lots of pictures and should go quickly. The other one is about predictions of the impact of 1-6 degrees of warming (I assume they mean Celsius degrees?).