I’ll admit I was leery of the current iteration of the project, but I am somewhat reassured to hear that Atlas Shrugged will be made into three movies, not one, which is more doable. I’m also reassured that the director and the actor playing Henry Rearden seem to have a decent handle on Ayn Rand’s vision and characters, though I was a bit disquieted by the director mispronouncing Rand’s first name.
Look at this video featuring a brilliant young entrepreneur who is engaging in the only proper way to redistribute wealth: with full consent from all parties. In this case, no doubt, he is helping to move money from the pockets of professional athletes, entertainers, and heirs into his own and those from whom he purchases goods and services.
The caption accompanying this NY Times article picture of a street vendor selling bottled-water reads “Many sidewalk peddlers are doing record business, though the city considers it against the law to sell water without a license.”
I think Brad Spangler’s timely Facebook status update expresses how one should react to this:
Note carefully that states will be glad to bust down doors, “sweep streets” and so on in order to combat the problem of child prostitution. What states will not do is stop making the only choice for many prostitution or starvation, by impoverishing the populace with taxes, regulation and the sclerotic choking off of economic opportunities other than prostitution.