• • • Objectivism’s appeal and its demands
Onkar Ghate, New Statesman Atlas Shrugged |The Fountainhead |Egoism | Most people have only one model: religion. To live by a philosophy, they implicitly assume, is to accept a list of out-of-the-blue commandments. “Thou shall have orange hair”—because the hero of Rand’s The Fountainhead has orange hair. “Thou shall make lots of money”—because the heroes of Atlas are industrialists. “Thou shall not work on teams”—because the hero of The Fountainhead works alone. This converts Objectivism to dogma, and so what the philosophy promises does not materialize.