Ayn Rand’s triumph

Here’s why, no matter how bad things look, you should never jump off the roof in despair.

That’s a screen shot from the website of Signals, a catalog company that sells merchandise to the kind of people who watch public television.

At least, that’s what it seems to be. The cover of the Signals catalog declares, “Supporting Public Television since 1986.”

Now, look closer:

They’re selling T-shirts imprinted with the cover of Ayn Rand’s epic novel, Atlas Shrugged.

A catalog tied to Public Television, that bastion of progressive thought, that defender of government intervention, that disdainer of market forces, is selling T-shirts imprinted with the cover of the most powerful defense of laissez-faire capitalism ever written.

Not only that, they’re selling out of them. Look, they’ve run out of three of the four sizes:

Plenty of Moby Dick shirts available, though:

Apparently no one’s in the mood for double entrendres in this economy.

It’s especially encouraging to see the catalog describe Atlas Shrugged as “great American literature.” That’s not what the reviewers said when the book came out in 1957.

Of course, Atlas Shrugged was fiction then. Today it’s a diary of the Obama administration.

Looks like it’s going to have a happy ending.

Copyright 2010

Susan Shelley posted at 2010-8-20 Category: Uncategorized