Bill Buckley once said he thought Whittaker Chambers had gone too far when he wrote in his review of this book, “From almost any page of Atlas Shrugged, a voice can be heard, from painful necessity, commanding: ‘To a gas chamber — go!'” I’ve been reading the book with an eye toward Chambers’ judgement.
Shortly after we are introduced to John Galt, he solemnly intones these words: “Ever since I can remember, I had felt that I would kill the man who’d claim that I exist for the sake of his need — and I had known that this was the highest moral feeling.”
So, Chambers was right.
…This really is a repulsive thing to put as the highest moral feeling.
Read the whole Atlantic article here.
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