'Atlas Shrugged' Producer: Ayn Rand's Vision Was 'Prophetic'

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 01:44 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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The similarities are "glaring" between the events in Ayn Rand's 1957 novel "Atlas Shrugged" and today, Harmon Kaslow, producer of a trilogy of movies based on the book, told Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

"Atlas Shrugged: Part III" is due in movie theaters Sept. 12 and completes Kaslow's adaptation of Rand's novel that revolves around a philosophical and ethical debate about regulation versus liberty, as told through a story about a female railroad executive.

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"It's glaring the similarities in this novel and what we're experiencing today," Kaslow said Tuesday.  Rand "was very prophetic in what she was warning us against."

Rand was a Russian immigrant who "saw the effects of the evil nature of socialism, and she wanted to really celebrate the morality of capitalism," Kaslow explained, adding that after seeing the New Deal policies in the 1940s, Rand wanted to "send a warning to America."

Kaslow said the movies are a "celebration of this message from Ayn Rand, which is about liberty and freedom, the rights of the individual, a government that shouldn't be interfering in our lives, and to, sort of, see what happens if we allow that to take over."

A recurring question in the novel is "Who is John Galt?," and Kaslow explained the answer is not who he was, but what he represented.

"John Galt represents truth. He represents honesty and a willingness to acknowledge that which exists. And, he's the one that steps up and really creates this revolution that causes the people in power to finally acknowledge that the most productive in society should not be the villains, but rather they should be the ones that we celebrate and support," he said.


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