• • • Heroes and Libertarian Ethics in Literature, Part 2
Atlas Shrugged |The Fountainhead |Capitalism |Egoism |Individualism | With more than 25 million copies of her novels in print, and with Atlas Shrugged continuing to sell a brisk half million copies per year, Ayn Rand undoubtedly ranks as the most widely read libertarian novelist. Much of her popularity, of course, is due to her unswerving commitment to free markets and liberty. But as a novelist she has also created memorable protagonists, including Howard Roark, the uncompromising architect, Dagny Taggart, the whip-smart and ambitious railroad executive, and, of course, the mysterious and visionary John Galt, just to name a few. But novels must be more than characters and plot lines. They must also be good stories. Good stories involve conflict.