Atlas Shrugged Movie Kickstarter Campaign

Atlas Shrugged (the third movie in a 3-part trilogy based on the 1,300-page novel Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand) is scheduled for 2014. posted this video as a “Thank you” from producer, John Aglialoro. Scott DeSapio, Assoicate Producer, Atlas Shrugged Part III, directed the KickStarter campaign wrote this on under the posted video:

As a thank you to everyone that has backed the Atlas Shrugged Kickstarter campaign so far, we put together a quick video of Producer John Aglialoro telling an anecdote of unsolicited organic “kickstarting” happening back in 1992. Enjoy, Scott

Congratulations to Scott and the whole Atlas Shrugged Movie team for putting this together. I’m glad to be a contributor and I look forward to seeing Atlas Shrugged, Part III in the theaters in 2014.

I think Ayn Rand would have liked Dennis Miller. Like Ayn Rand, he’s hard-charging, smart, and thinks for himself. Unlike Ayn Rand, he knows how to entertain. He can lighten the mood when he wants to and he doesn’t take himself too seriously.

Dennis Miller reflects on the media’s influence on the thinking of the general public…

DennisMillerAndrea Mitchell. When I look at [her], I see a “good employee.” I don’t see a woman imbued with any sacred knowledge or “Wow, Andrea Mitchell said this…” [Instead], I see a woman who is a little overly concerned with her highlights who has to keep her job and she has to hit certain “grace notes.” And she does it even more than they expect. I guarantee you, when they get behind closed doors (whoever runs these joints), they go, “Boy, Andrea’s been good, hasn’t she?! She goes further than we even think [she should].”
All right, so Andrea Mitchell tells me that Sarah Palin can’t be my President… It’s at that point that I prick up my ears and go, “Wow, maybe Sarah Palin should be my President.”

I like Dennis Miller’s hard-charging, straightforward manner. (Those are the traits that he says he appreciates in Ayn Rand.) and I appreciate him standing up for Sarah Palin, even when

  • he doesn’t agree with everything Sarah Palin says or stands for, and
  • he knows the media may load up on him in the same way.

b2ap3_icon_dennismiller-and-markdavidhendersonI have been interviewed by a few people in reference to Ayn Rand, Christianity and the quest for common ground that I recount and explain in The Soul of Atlas. I enjoyed talking with him (see the video of that interview here), not just for his candor but also because he knows how to entertain. He always seems to lighten the mood and not take himself too seriously.

What do you think about Dennis Miller?

A young Ron Paul speaks to the Detroit Economic Club in 1988. He was running for President of the United States on the Libertarian ticket. He said, “I don’t see good things ahead, if we continue to go in the same direction.”

ron-paul-ronald-reaganThe Ron Paul presidential campaign of 1988 began in early 1987 when former Congressman Ron Paul of Texas announced his candidacy for the 1988 Presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party. He joined the third party after leaving the Republican Party over the Reagan administration‘s handling of the federal budget. He ran on a platform that included non-interventionism in foreign conflicts, decriminalization of illegal drugs on a federal level, a return to the gold standard, the abolition of the Federal Reserve, and a reduction in all government spending.

I think Ron Paul’s values would have pleased Ayn Rand more than any of the other candidates. Of course, she didn’t like Ronald Reagan because of his stand on what we call “social issues” today. Back then, they were “the values that made this country great.”



John Aglialoro, producer of the first two Atlas Shrugged movies, is interviewing again. This time, he’s addressing the current state of our economy, the government, and our country. Separation of church and state, the economy and government, the virtue of selfishness. On the subject of selfishness, he emphasized Ayn Rand’s idea of rational self-interest.
Illustrating that, he Ayn Rand’s idea, Aglialoro says this:

When you ethically, honestly pursue what gives you passion. When of a great artist or violinist “He has no time for anyone else. He’s so passionate about… every time you look at him, he’s practicing, practicing…” Well, he’s totally absorbed in his profession. He’s not an ‘un-nice’ person or an evil guy. He’s involved in what he’s passionate about. He’s engaged to be the best performer he can become. That’s the sense that Ayn Rand meant. It was a good thing that she developed the phrase “self interest,” and unfortunately the negative connotations were taken from the word “selfishness” and it has been all-too-easily attacked.

Aglialoro spoke about Ayn Rand’s view of the government’s role. She was by no means an anarchist. She believed very solidly in the need for government to protect individual citizens from criminals at home and abroad. But not to intrude into the personal liberties of individuals.

Where do you find common ground with John Aglialoro’s views? What questions would you ask him? (I will see him soon and will pass them along.)

Before he wrote cover stories for The Atlantic, before he won a National Magazine Award, before he taught at MIT, Ta-Nehisi Coates was laid off by Time magazine. “To put it bluntly,” he wrote last spring, “I was — like most freelancers — hurting. My wife had been unerringly supportive. My son was getting older. I was considering driving a cab.”

Of course, it’s now six years later, and Coates has had great success writing for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and other publications. But writing doesn’t get easier, he maintains — it’s always a process.

‘It’s as though you have a certain music in your head, and trying to get that music out on the page is absolute hell,’ he said in an interview for Atlantic Video’s Creative Breakthroughs series. ‘But what you have to do is give yourself a day, go back, revise, over and over and over again.’

This is an article in The Atlantic by Emma Green.