TEASER ALERT: Want to be part of the cinematic legacy of Atlas Shrugged?

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Prepare yourself... you're going to be part of Atlas Shrugged history.

This July we'll tell you how you can play a vital role in the film.

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  • Posted by skphugs 7 years, 10 months ago
    I first read Atlas in college. It hit me with a truth and clarity that our lives will not be ruled by the few
    and politically correct. I am 72yrs old and want my life to stand for integrity, truth and self sufficiency. Not taking the easy way out, handouts or being part of the herd. I would love to be part of history and contribute to my favorite
    book, which I read once a year. This should still be required reading in school.
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  • Posted by Melibee 7 years, 10 months ago
    It seems as though we are living in the story line of Atlas Shrugged.... Our state (Minnesota) has just passed some new laws that have made it impossible for me and my husband to continue running our small business here. We feel as though we are being evicted from our home state, and have just put our home on the market, since we will have to "comply" with the unfair new laws by July 1 of next year. When we sell our house, we will be "shrugging" to Texas, where they are welcoming small business owners with open arms. It's kind of ironic, last summer I read Atlas Shrugged and was amazed by the timeliness of it, but I did not expect to actually have to "shrug" any time in the near future....
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  • Posted by richvwall 7 years, 10 months ago
    I read "Atlas Shrugged" for the first time last year (even though I am 58 years old) and then looked up and saw it all happening around me. On every other page, I would say, "Oh, my gosh! We were warned! And nobody paid attention." But I finally had the words to describe what was happening around me -- the blind leading the blind and the deceivers deceiving themselves and everyone else. The productive are despised, and the useless are exalted. Every day the "Twilight Zone" world gets worse and worse. And it seems that the only answer, the only relief, the only response may be revolutionary. Let's do this!
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    • Posted by khalling 7 years, 10 months ago
      a great place to start is to promote the movies to your family and friends. Hopefully, watching the movies will inspire people to read AS, if they have been reticent. I'm glad you have found the "words." I like that. Consider reading "The Fountainhead" next.
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  • Posted by cathjohn 7 years, 10 months ago
    Galt's Gulch is an opportunity to be so much more than a backdrop to a storyline; it can be a showcase of simple industry without govt intervention. I would like to be in the scene where Galt goes out to buy breakfast-I'd be the gal finishing up milking who hands him a half gallon of delicious natural milk. So much symbolism there. The eggs are easily collected and a baker nearby can round out that meal with a fresh-from-the-oven loaf.

    In real life I am a milkmaid whose family subsists on my dairy products, but as much as I would love to share my cheeses, milk, and butter I dare not...because govt interferes with regulation, price fixing and laws.

    The market of Galt's Gulch can show industry based on value and personal responsibility. Taking a deep gulp of straight up milk (how shocking to so many) might be too controversial, though, for the producers to include. But, oh, how I would like to show people how natural and simple life can be if they would only be willing to shrug off the nanny state mentality.

    I fear we are plunging into the world Ayn Rand describes. If only Galt's Gulch could be a reality. You'd find me at the dairy barn. :-D
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  • Posted by Crazyjake 7 years, 10 months ago
    I am currently 15 years of age and have only read Atlas Shrugged and the Fountainhead. I try to spread the objectivist ideals throughout my school to the best of my ability. I consider myself fairly well read for my age, in addition to some experience in filming (for my YouTube channel). Atlas Shrugged has been my favorite novel as of yet. I believe that I, Jake E. Stief, would be well suited to play a role in the production of the film, what ever it may be or mean.
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  • Posted by lmsfinally 7 years, 9 months ago
    I read Atlas Shrugged many years ago because someone said "This is SO you." It is. I couldn't put it down and have reread the book several times. I bought 7 copies this past year and passed them out to friends who could be interested and were interested. Although I don't keep up with the Gulch, I subscribe to many Facebook groups with Rand as their focus. I've read all of her fiction/nonfiction that I've been able to find (with Return to the Primitive as my favorite). I own the jacket, 2 tshirts, have the sticker on my laptop (which I LOVE taking out at the airport), have a Who is JG bumper sticker on my car, and when I left my job (who I believe was run by a direct descendant of some antagonists in AS), I left the sign "I'm leaving it as I found it. Take over, it's yours" and yes, I have the photo.

    On a sad note, I'm personally affected by this disease that's taking over the world. As a school teacher of 23 years, I shrugged from public education after being told I'm not a "team player" and not agreeing to follow the plans of inexperienced and ineffectual teachers. Why? "Because if all of the teachers are teaching the same, children and parents know what to expect." You've GOT to be kidding! No, I can listen to anyone ideas, but I think for myself and it has become increasingly hard to THINK in education. For the past several years I've posted her quotes in my classroom and keep a copy on my desk. (I love her quote about the look on a child's face!) So, now I'm faced with applying for private schools in the hopes of being able to teach my students to think and reason instead of regurgitate and follow commands.

    Rand stands for reason, logic, power to the people, and gee...the way the world SHOULD work. I'm pretty vocal about my views, I was in the fan video for AS1 and didn't make the AS2 video because the 2nd time I went to see the movie in the theater, the poster was down. :-(

    Reading AS was an epiphany that has changed my life forever.
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    • Posted by $ winterwind 7 years, 9 months ago
      I taught at - in fact, helped found- a private school which stood, mostly, for reasonable values. It changed, and I became disenchanted. They finally fired me for something I didn't do and something I didn't say. I have found that tutoring is a way to keep your mind intact and put your values out in public. Homeschooling groups are also sometimes interested in organizing a specific class for their students [a "book group", if you will, or a philosophy discussion class]. There are opportunities, but it's hard to find them. Keep at it!
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  • Posted by Marty_Swinney 7 years, 10 months ago
    I first listened to Basic Principles of Objectivism on vinyl disks (aka record albums) in the early '70's---then, even though I was not a typist, I transcribed all but the last four of those lectures! Whew! What a job! But it was not unpaid: I learned a great deal as I was trying to figure out what Branden was saying, where does the punctuation go and at what point I needed a paragraph break. it sure was fun!
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  • Posted by Copperhead 7 years, 9 months ago
    I read Atlas Shrugged for the first time as a teenager. My oldest brother introduced it to my parents, my sister, my other brother and me.

    The principles of strong work ethic, integrity and never taking more than you have earned have been the cornerstones of our lives.

    It is also my niece's favorite book, and she once got a job promotion because the owner of the company she worked for saw a bumper sticker that said "Who is John Galt?" in the parking lot. He walked around the office in search of the person who owned that car. After speaking with her about the book, he gave her a promotion that same day.

    I read Atlas Shrugged again in my 20s, 30s and now reading it again in my 50s. (Missed my 40s somehow).

    Each time I've read Atlas Shrugged, the parallels to the real world have become more frightening and infuriating. I'm not a big world-changing industrialist, but I try to do my small part in the world to live honorably as do those heroes of mine.

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  • Posted by stevenartw56 7 years, 10 months ago
    I read AS when I was 12 and it blew my mind all the way from New York City to Colorado. From then on I fell in love with Ayn Rand and all things related to train travel which I long for a resurgence in our nation. I wonder what Ms Rand would think of what a economic mess we have found ourselves in now. It was always my dream to see AS on the big screen and finally that dream came true. I am a Rand Fan forever!
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  • Posted by alanfaye 7 years, 10 months ago
    Atlas Shrugged is the fufillment of our current state of affairs. so many are walking blindly into the land mine field of control and dependence that our nations leaders have cast before us. Do we want to become a mass of dependent zombies that our nation's leaders want us to be. I, for one will never scumb to the control of any gov't. I am a survivor. Let those that want follow our gov't. to the work camps that is at the end of this trail and ultimately to their demise as a dependent with no control of their life. As a veteran I can only embrace the freedoom that is a part of my soul. And that part is freedom.
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  • Posted by havefaithwwjd 7 years, 10 months ago
    The first movie got me so interested that I read the book the my freshman year of high school. Because of that Two years later I understand everything (in politics and school) much better. I pride my self in the fact that I can hold an intelligent conversation about politics with adults at only 16. It has been my dream to help in the making of the movie that brought me to enlightenment.
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  • Posted by 6275551 7 years, 10 months ago
    When reading this book the first time it scared the living daylights out of me. We were running a Mechanical Contractor shop with all Union employees and everything I was reading was happening. I got to the point I was underlining parts so that everyone else would also connect. This book has been an eye opener and I tell everyone to read it.
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  • Posted by $ don33coupe 7 years, 10 months ago
    74 and holding waiting for over 60 years for a place like the GULCH To finish of my years with like people who believe in freedom as defined by the people who built this country
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  • Posted by jayek 7 years, 10 months ago
    It would be fun!!!! My 17 year old son (who is very interested in living in our state governor's mansion and maybe that big white house in DC at some point in his future) and I love the AS movies! We are so excited about #3! What a blast it would be to be part of it! Plus, as a home school mom, I could log it as school hours! It's a 2fer!
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  • Posted by jlgoins5673 7 years, 10 months ago
    I have been a lone Gultman in a world of Education. I support the education industry as a provider of material and instructional resources and for the most part i am surrounded by moochers and would love to give back in any way to suppor the idea that our future depends on children learning the value of entrepreneurship and hard work. All characteristics of Atlas.
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    • Posted by lmsfinally 7 years, 9 months ago
      You're not alone. I was out there too. Chose to shrug and am bearing my own cross looking for a new job. I just couldn't deal with the lack of common sense, bureaucracy, and blatant liberalistic ideals in education anymore. It's so sad.
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  • Posted by Buffiteer 7 years, 10 months ago
    I first read Atlas Shrugged in 1965 as required reading. Hated it! Then I read it again, & again, & again. 27 times to date. Saw parts 1 & 2 on the 1st day it was shown, the 1st show. Bought 1 & 2 on BluRay. You couldn't have a bigger fan!!
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  • Posted by ShoxTP 7 years, 10 months ago
    I would love to be apart of the cinematic legacy that is AS3 for 3 reasons:

    1) I'm handsome
    2) I've always been creative and have always wanted to act / be apart of a film.
    3) AS2 came out on my birthday.

    These 3 things are hardly a coincidence. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to join in.
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  • Posted by jennifersudy 7 years, 10 months ago
    Yes! I have been an objectivist for the last 40 years. As the editor of The Kids' Reading Room in the Los Angeles Times, I have written stories about the Founding Fathers that reflect objectivist values and am a member of SAG.
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  • Posted by Lsemas 7 years, 10 months ago
    In addition to Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, I have read Anthem and We the Living. I have been a fan of Rand's philosophy since high school. Much of my political philosophy derives from my readings of Rand, Orwell, Huxley ... and modern conservatives, Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. Pre-dating all of these, is my love of the Founding Fathers and their English counterparts: Locke, Hobbes, Burke, Hume and others.

    All of these great thinkers contributed to the sentiments set forth in my own book, "Reason, Justice and Common Sense."

    One final note - Ayn Rand and I share the same birthday, Feb. 2. Coincidence? I think not.
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  • Posted by majdad49 7 years, 10 months ago
    My Dad passed on in 2001. He was 105. Old west cowboy passed on his beliefs to me of hard work. I retired from the army after 41 years and two major conflicts. I discovered Atlas Shrugged when I was stationed in the Middle East. Since I have read and reread AS several times. If one can't see today's situation from this book, they are blind or one of the Takers.
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  • Posted by dirty_industrialist 7 years, 10 months ago
    I don't want this for me, but for my husband/business partner. Not only is he a long-time Rand follower, and a many-times-over re-reader of Atlas, and someone who will try and pass her word on to others...but is most importantly to me, an example of someone who has put our money and objectivist passion where his mouth is by using her principles to keep our small 110-year-old iron foundry alive through the toughest 26 years in its history...despite the number of bureaucrats and bankers he had to battle who often did not understand why he was doing things the way he did. (Yes, I am a proud wife...had I gotten a piece of Rearden Metal jewellery... I would have worn it...to work every day while I helped him reach our goals!)
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  • Posted by wildziner 7 years, 9 months ago
    I first read The Fountainhead (followed by the rest of Rand's fiction and nonfiction) almost 20 years ago now, and Rand's ideas have been a central part of my guiding philosophy and work. As an architect, I've always tried to design the inspiring kind of buildings that she described, and live up to the standards that an honest life requires. I always push myself to my highest aspirations, and have always been successful when I've remained true to what reality requires of us. Would love to help bring this movie to fruition!
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