Atlas Shrugged Part II: What We Saw at the World Premiere in D.C.!

Atlas Shrugged Part II, the second of three films based on Ayn Rand's controversial 1957 novel, hits movie screens across the country on Friday, October 12, 2012. (For more information on the film, go here.)

Reason's Matt Welch was on hand for the movie's world premiere in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, October 3 to ask viewers why they thought Rand's ideas about individualism and free-market capitalism remain so popular - and yet so embattled - in contemporary America.

Among the people Welch talked with are John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow, producers of Atlas Shrugged; John Fund of the Wall Street Journal; William Dunn of the Reason Foundation; Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks; David Kelley of The Atlas Society; Fred Smith of Competitive Enterprise Institute; David Boaz of the Cato Institute; Carla Gericke of the Free State Project; and Mary Katharine Ham of Hotair.com.

About 3 minutes long. Produced by Joshua Swain with help from Amanda Winkler.

To watch Reason TV's Ayn Rand playlist, go here.

Reason.com on Ayn Rand.

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  • SIV||

    and Mary Katharine Ham

    Yowza!

  • Hyperion||

    Who is John Galt? Bet you knew that someone was gonna say it...

  • Hugh Akston||

    Lemme guess, a bunch of pudgy white guys with thinning hair?

  • Hyperion||

    Actually, that would be the university prof Obama voters who freak out during class and start screaming about there not being a God before they strip naked and make everyone throw up.

  • Hyperion||

    The first part was actually pretty good. Netflix. Not sure if I will see the 2nd part in cinema or wait for online again. I am still pissed because I can't get the moon is a harsh mistress in e-book.

  • Killazontherun||

    I got it bundle with five or six other book as part of a .lit file type collection from a service about four or five years back. Check out the bundle deals - Glory Road and Freehold were others included. Sorry, that I don't remember the particular seller.

  • Hyperion||

    Damn, I wish you could remember the seller, because I have, along with a friend of mine, searched extensively.... to no avail...

  • Killazontherun||

    Shit, my English agreement is kaput right now. Should turn in for the evening.

  • Hyperion||

    Eh, nao entendo amigo....

    Your English is good, I just want my Heinlein Ebook....

  • Killazontherun||

    Turning in, but I do recall that it was through Microsoft offered as a package with a beta of their Microsoft Reader software which makes the bundle even older than I remember because my copy is over ten.

  • Rights-Minimalist Autocrat||

    The first one was better than I expected, although that was largely probably due to diminished expectations. Other than some massive overacting by the guy who played Ellis Wyatt, it was fairly well done.

  • bsollenb||

    Graham Beckel put on full display exactly why he doesn't get work anymore. Taylor Schilling (Dagny) was great and the guy who played Eddie Willers was ok. Overall it was pretty underwhelming.

    Matthew Marsden (James Taggert) should be taken out to pasture. Even by time crunched, low budget, B-movie standards, he is awful.

  • wakeup||

    Here's a movie that should be required viewing.

  • Hyperion||

    Jumpin Begeebus, was that part about him saying he got head in the head with a rock, real? And we elected this ignoramus POTUS? We are fucking doomed.

  • Hugh Akston||

    You're the best troll we've had in a long time, conspiracy theory nutjob. If I wasn't so sure the Men in Black were on their way to blank your memory right now, I'd say you should post links to your insane videos more often.

    Enjoy being an unwilling slave to the lizard people. Like the rest of us!

  • wakeup||

    I'm only asking questions.

  • ||

    And you go on and keep asking those questions. Hugh is right, you're way better than Anonymity-bot.

  • wakeup||

    All while you keep believing the lines on 9/11, Iran, Israel, and everything else the government feeds you.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Is it true that Desi Arnaz was a Soviet sleeper agent sent to seduce Elenore Roosevelt into giving up the secret of the atom bomb before the war ended?

  • ||

    Great question, Hugh.

  • Sam Grove||

    What makes you think those are relevant?

    We don't need any more proof that government in the U.S. is going out of control and is dangerous to freedom and prosperity.

    If you got some nails, hammer away, but make sure they're real nails.

  • Killazontherun||

    The mythical basis for the dragon born of GoT

    Viyevichs - dragons-people from slavonic legends

    http://www.dopotopa.com/lang1/viyevichs.html

  • dbcooper||

    I prefer Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell myself.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    John Milius did well with Quint's USS Indianapolis monologue in Jaws; I wonder how well he could do with Galt's speech in Part III.

  • Hugh Akston||

    You mean Atlas Shrugged Parts III and IV: Galt's Speech?

  • Rights-Minimalist Autocrat||

    Given that the guy who wrote Shrooms would be considered a "get", I doubt we'll find out.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    Does anyone know if barfman has a twitter feed? If not, he should.
    Barf replies to bullshit leftist tweets would be awesome.

  • Barfman||

    I am simply a messenger of the Zeitgeist. Go forth and spread my wisdom!

    *barf*

  • ant1sthenes||

    Atlas Shrugged Part II: What We Saw at the World Premiere in D.C.

    A poorly made movie weighed down by ideological preachiness, which still transcends that to eerily predict our shitty present circumstances (bluntly named villains and all)?

  • Rights-Minimalist Autocrat||

  • ||

    I hardly know what to say. When this was happening the MSM said nothing. How over the top can these fuckers go and still get cover from pravda? Just wow.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    Remember when Brangelina were going to be involved in these flicks? Now, they have "Wal-Mart $1 bin" written all over them.

  • SIV||

    I acquired the greatest of all films from the Walmart $1 bin.

    Here it is in lower-res on youtube.

    All This And Rabbit Stew

  • wakeup||

    This movie costs $0 to watch

  • Generic Stranger||

    Perhaps not coincidentally, zero is also about how much it's worth.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    OT: http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2.....?hpt=hp_c2

    Late-night link. It looks like Foo Fighters is on indefinite hiatus. Time for a Nirvana reunion?

  • Barfman||

    Thank Jeebus. Those guys suck ass.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

  • Caleb Turberville||

    I really liked Casino Royale. Most people thought Quantum of Solace was a misstep, but unfortunately, I think it just demonstrated the limitations of the "new take" on Bond since Daniel Craig arrived. Skyfall doesn't look much better.

    Indeed, I now think that Brosnan will rank ahead of Craig in the long run.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    Probably have a point, yet I think I'll still see it.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    I have a very high regard for Goldeneye, and I think brought some of the same energy when directed Casino Royale.

    But while most people dislike the Brosnan years for drifting further and further into silly camp, I think I enjoyed Tomorrow Never Dies 1,000x more than the constipated and boring Quantum of Solace.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    *"and I think Martin Campbell brought some of the same energy when he directed Casino Royale."

  • ThatSkepticGuy||

    "I think it just demonstrated the limitations of the "new take" on Bond since Daniel Craig arrived."

    Quantum's problem was that the director saw the incomprehensible shakeycam mess that was the Bourne series, and said, "Me too!"
    That has nothing to do with Royale or what it established.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    I think shakeycam was added to Quantum to add excitement to an already boring story.

  • Uncle Joe||

    Since when did controversial mean illogical and poorly written? Ayn Rand in real life was a not-so-hot mess. Her books appeal to the teenage mentality that thinks, "I don't need anybody!" Most of us grow out of that by age 23.

    The truth is that Rand's "heroes" would rightly be considered sociopaths in the real world. No one person can do anything of enduring significance without a lot of support and some compromise.

    I skimmed through the first movie on Netflix, and it wasn't even as good as the book.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    Isn't psychological instability a hallmark of heroic figures (the brooding Bruce Wayne or the ego-centric Tony Stark)?

  • ThatSkepticGuy||

    All I'm reading here is that you hate Rand and her books for bucking against the "Everybody owns Everybody else" mentality that has been drilled into the American psyche for the past century.

  • Marshall Gill||

    Since when did controversial mean illogical and poorly written? Ayn Rand in real life was a not-so-hot mess. Her books appeal to the teenage mentality that thinks, "I don't need anybody!" Most of us grow out of that by age 23.

    The truth is that Rand's "heroes" would rightly be considered sociopaths in the real world. No one person can do anything of enduring significance without a lot of support and some compromise.

    I skimmed through the first movie on Netflix, and it wasn't even as good as the book.

    That comment, you didn't write it.

  • Bill Dalasio||

    "The truth is that Rand's "heroes" would rightly be considered sociopaths in the real world."

    By that reasoning, we all owe the antebellum plantation owners one massive apology. If a man is a "sociopath" for withdrawing his services or labor from others, then every escaped slave from the era should rightly be considered a sociopath. And the act of liberating the slaves would have been one giant act of enabling the sociopaths against the poor, misunderstood slave owners.

  • SugarFree||

    Drapetomania

    Drapetomania was a supposed mental illness described by American physician Samuel A. Cartwright in 1851 that caused black slaves to flee captivity. [...]

    Cartwright described the disorder – which, he said, was "unknown to our medical authorities, although its diagnostic symptom, the absconding from service, is well known to our planters and overseers"[4] – in a paper delivered before the Medical Association of Louisiana[2]:291 that was widely reprinted.

    He stated that the malady was a consequence of masters who "made themselves too familiar with [slaves], treating them as equals".[5]

    If any one or more of them, at any time, are inclined to raise their heads to a level with their master or overseer, humanity and their own good requires that they should be punished until they fall into that submissive state which was intended for them to occupy. They have only to be kept in that state, and treated like children to prevent and cure them from running away." [6]


    In Diseases and Peculiarities of the Negro Race, Cartwright writes that the Bible calls for a slave to be submissive to his master, and by doing so, the slave will have no desire to run away.[4]
  • Bill Dalasio||

    So, Uncle Joe is the intellectual heir of Cartwright. That sounds about right.

  • Bill Dalasio||

    "No one person can do anything of enduring significance without a lot of support and some compromise."

    Support that is properly mutually agreed to in an exchange of value for value. Any other "support" is that demanded by Tony Soprano. Given that, neither party owes the other a damned thing

  • NotSure||

    Its not about "I don't need anybody!" its about "I don't need these politicians", since the average politician appeals to voters with the mentality of a 10 year old, I know which one of the two is "more grown up".

  • ant1sthenes||

    "The truth is that Rand's "heroes" would rightly be considered sociopaths in the real world. No one person can do anything of enduring significance without a lot of support and some compromise."

    A lot of them were entrepreneurs. Do you think their business consisted of them and an army of robots they built by hand?

  • ||

    retarded story, bro

  • Xerxes||

    Seeing the marketing for part II, I thought they had gotten rid of that terrible "logo" used on part I. That little guy holding the world looks like it was ripped from Microsoft Word's clip art library with a tacky gold gradient / inner bevel applied to it. But looking at the press backdrop, it's back.

    Here is a book with such an iconic modern cover, so powerful that people have come to associate the ideas of Art Deco with Ayn Rand ... and they use the clipart that some HR department would put in a diversity memo.

    Also, wearing a dollar sign lapel pin makes you look like you should be hosting the Prize is Right or hawking a book of *500 secrets the IRS doesn't want you to know!*

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    That embedded video isn't the bootleg of the movie it was advertised to be.

  • some guy666||

    Im sure this film is going to suck like the first one.

  • FD||

    Before the Objectivists jump down my throat, there is no doubt that Rand was a major contributor to philosophy and major influencer of libertarianism (which she unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, straw-manned). In spite of her miserable personality, she courageously and unapologetically heralded the industrialist as entrepreneur. okay, all good things.

    But a great novelist? And after the first film, they won't just drop the damn thing?!
    Hell, just re-read the board of directors scenes in _Atlas Shrugged_. Embarrasing straw man dialog, cardboard characters that only do a disservice to her own arguments because of her _inadvertent_ satire.
    Trey Parker and Matt Stone do, in 22 minutes, what it takes Rand to do in a thousand pages. I could just imagine Galt's self-congratulatory lecturing, standing before a bunch of South Park glazed-eye citizens, while Cartman twitches, drumming his fingers, waiting, waiting, waiting. Then his eruption: "Will you shut the fuck up!!!! Jesus Christ! Money is good, yeah, yeah, yeah! We get it, okay?!! No shit, Sherlock! Now get off your high horse, get your ass back on the rail, and fix the fucking switch!!!! Jesus... Jesus...!!! It's a wonder you ever finished anything! Yap, yap, yap... yap, yap,yap. Jesus Christ, you're boring!!!"

  • Bill Dalasio||

    "Embarrasing straw man dialog, cardboard characters that only do a disservice to her own arguments because of her _inadvertent_ satire."

    I keep hearing about the comic book villains and almost satirical plots of government. And I almost believe the argument.
    Then I watch the news.

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