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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ayn Rand and a Hollywood A-bomb

With Ayn Rand acolyte Paul Ryan now at center stage, here's my piece last year on a little-known part of Rand's career--her days as a Hollywood screenwriter, and what I discovered at the Truman Library:  She once wrote an over-the-top script extolling the atomic bomb.  Never got made but, in classic fashion, she had insisted that the creation was purely the work of the scientists and the military, not the government.  I guess they got their billions in funding somewhere else.  Also: J. Robert Oppenheimer served as the model for one of her most famous characters.

Then there's this tweet from John Fugelsang: "Ayn Rand's It's A Wonderful Life tells the story of Free Mrkt hero Mr. Potter vs. the bleeding-heart socialist Baileys."

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