One acting note:  Samantha Mathis does as well with Dagny Taggart as I think anyone could.  It’s hard to stride, Taggart-style, without looking like you’re prancing or huffing, but Mathis brings it off.  One does wonder about the Taggart Central railroad control crew, which is so pathetically unable to function if she’s not there.  Who’s training these people, and what are the standards?  Kind of an unintentional Leadership 101 moment.

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  1. Ayn Rand was a notorious atheist hedonist, and a strident opponent of any of all forms of religious expression. Anyone who thinks that she had anything in common with us other than having been halachically Jewish should view this interview, taped shortly after *Atlas Shrugged* was published:

  2. Which of Rand's ideas should we embrace or admire?

    She wrote that she detested children; that we have no responsibility to help those less fortunate; she loathed all religion especially the Judaism that she was born into, calling it primitive and superstitious.

    Rand believed in a gov't that funded only police, defense and courts. Rand's was opposed to public education, research and development, programs for the sick and needy, environmental protection and public safety.

  3. Renee Leavy Kohn "Rand believed in a gov't that funded only police, defense and courts. Rand's was opposed to public education, research and development, programs for the sick and needy, environmental protection and public safety."

    and your point is? Ms. Rand is right, federal government should be limited to those function, the rest should be the responsibility of the local whom are closest to the sick, uneducated and down and out — this is the USA , we are free people who formed a perfect union with rights endowed by our creator for the pursuit of happiness. This means a "limited" government – and that's my friends is Ayn point!

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