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Friday, August 13, 2010

Read Ayn Rand, and I'll drive all over the U.S. to encourage you

This is pretty amazing. From reason's Hit & Run blog:

How far would you go to tell people to read Ayn Rand? For Nick Newcomen, the answer is measurable down to the mile: Newcomen drove 12,238 miles across 30 U.S. states to pen a message using GPS tracking that can only be read using Google Earth. The message? “Read Ayn Rand.”

Here's what that message looks like:

Read rand

Gizmodo has more of the story of Newcomen, the man with the GPS pen:

Nick Newcomen did a road trip over 30 days that covered stretches from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. First, he identified on a map the route he would need to drive to spell out the message. He put a GPS device in his car to trace the route he would follow. Then, he hit the road.

"The main reason I did it is because I am an Ayn Rand fan," he says. "In my opinion if more people would read her books and take her ideas seriously, the country and world would be a better place - freer, more prosperous and we would have a more optimistic view of the future."

Newcomen offers his top ten reasons to read Ayn Rand here:


1. Relevance. The themes of her books, such as government control versus individual freedom, are highly relevant today. Specific events and characters in her novels are seemingly pulled from today's news even though the books were written over 50 years ago.
2. Popularity. Her books are selling better than ever. Atlas Shrugged, for instance, sold a record half-million copies last year.
3. Personal success. Her books are ultimately about the individual person living successfully and happily using his or her independent judgment and mind to the fullest.
4. Reading pleasure. Her novels feature creative, page-turning stories with unforgettable characters.
5. Solutions. She explains with refreshing honesty and clarity which basic ideas America must adopt and which it must reject if it is to remain a great nation.
6. Controversial. Ayn Rand is passionately loved and passionately hated.
7. Understanding. Her ideas have helped millions of people make sense of a seemingly incomprehensible world.
8. Truth. Her ideas in essence are true.
9. Vision. Ayn Rand provides a glimpse of a radiant future for all humanity.
10. Influential. Atlas Shrugged is the "second most influential book for Americans today" after the Bible, according to a joint survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club.

Okay, fine. Go ahead and make this guy happy and read Ayn Rand:


Posted by P.M. Jaworski on August 13, 2010 in Libertarianism | Permalink


He could have saved himself some trouble with "Read Rand". ;-)

In any event: cool, I suppose. I don't think I'd have that kind of time on my hands though.

Posted by: Paul McKeever | 2010-08-13 12:42:48 PM

I would say read the Bible before Rand

Posted by: Merle Terlesky | 2010-08-13 7:58:53 PM

Who is Marion Parker?

Posted by: Hasan | 2010-08-14 7:19:39 AM


Posted by: J | 2010-08-14 9:28:05 AM

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