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Subtle Influence of Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged

Posted by $ rainman0720 2 years, 5 months ago to Culture
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I put this in Culture as it seems the closest to what I was looking for.

I attempted to place an online order for Omaha Steaks tonight, and ran into trouble with their website. Didn't do what I expected it to do. Looked through their FAQ section not finding anything relevant.

So I went to their contact page, looking for the best way to contact them. On that page, I noticed that their Customer Service department is on John Galt Blvd.

To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time I've seen anything "named" for Ms. Rand or A.S.

Anyone know of other streets, businesses, associations or organizations, buildings, anything that reflects Atlas Shrugged? It's more of a curiosity than anything.


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  • Posted by $ Dobrien 2 years, 5 months ago
    Real life mimics Atlas Shrugged again. https://objectivismindepth.com/2013/0...
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    • Posted by $ 2 years, 5 months ago
      Thanks for the link. I've got Netflix; going to see if "Burzynski" is available.

      And every time I read another of her quotes, it reinforces just how much I would love to have met and talked with her. Engaging her in conversation must have been an incredible experience.
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      • Posted by term2 2 years, 5 months ago
        She was somewhat intmidating in one on one situations. One was afraid of somehow not being "rational", at least I was.
        When she was interviewed, though she was very clear and I could sit for hours listening to her and learning. I think the people who are against her are just people who are so caught up with emotions that they cant think anymore.
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      • Posted by BryanBentz 2 years, 5 months ago
        I had the chance to talk with her a little at one of the Ford Hall Forums she did. It was great to get a sense of who she was as a person (mannerisms, conversational style, etc.)
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      • Posted by philosophercat 2 years, 5 months ago
        I spoke with her personally, sat next to her at the Harvard Business School talk, saw her at Ford Hall Forum many times attended her 75th birthday party.
        She was a pure joy to be around because she was rational, benevolent, and just. You got what you deserved. Ask a dumb question and you wasted her time. Ask a question that showed interest and knowledge and she was thoughtful, attentive, and responsive. No other person I have met valued your mind as highly as Ayn Rand.
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      • Posted by $ Snezzy 2 years, 5 months ago
        Exciting, if you were to talk about a topic that she found interesting.

        Disastrous, if you tried to intimidate her or to ask questions she felt she had thoroughly answered in her writing.

        She was superb at detecting and avoiding people whose attitude was, "I didn't read your book, but I want to tell you how wrong you are."
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  • Posted by dougthorburn 2 years, 5 months ago
    When I stumbled onto the idea that practicing alcoholics will continue to drink addictively until the enablers stopped enabling (only then is there a shot at sobriety), I realized I was telling codependents to stop acting as "hosts" by enabling "parasites." I was telling codependents to shrug, just as Ayn Rand told producers. Hence, I named my book publishing company Galt Publishing.

    Someone asked how Dagny and James could come from the same family. Not only is Type and Temperament genetic (you are who you are from birth, even if personality types skip around the generations), but also a predisposition to alcoholism is genetic: you either can drink addictively, or not. Not only was James an entirely different personality type, but he would have been best portrayed as an alcoholic--and I think, briefly, that came out in A.S.

    Why is that relevant? Because alcoholism fuels egomania, and egomania fuels a need to wield power over others. Eric Schneiderman is just the latest extreme example of this in real life.
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  • Posted by term2 2 years, 5 months ago
    Good idea. I am excited about the prospect of bringing some reference to Ayn Rand and AS in the work that I do. Havent thought about that before.
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  • Posted by Tuner38 2 years, 5 months ago
    There was a Galt Sands Company that sold sweatshirts and other clothing in Cedar Rapids Iowa a few years back. I contacted the owner who was an Ayn Rand fan and he displayed a copy of Atlas Shrugged in his lobby.
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  • Posted by LibertyBelle 2 years, 5 months ago
    I think I read in The Objectivist (a magazine) that
    people were not supposed to do that, because of
    "appropriation of Miss Rand's intellectual property".
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  • Posted by $ Hardmoneyjim 2 years, 5 months ago
    In a period of 1 week, I met 2 different sets of parents who had named their daughters Dagny (after Dagny in AS). None of the parents had ever heard of the organization I work for - ARI.
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  • Posted by seez52 2 years, 5 months ago
    My late business partner developed subdivisions years ago in my town. He named one of the streets John Galt Dr. I told him later he should have named it John Galt Way. He, too, was a huge fan of Rand. The people living on that road today likely have no idea.
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