Guest: Harmon Kaslow
When Ayn Rand emigrated from Soviet Russia to the United Sates in 1926, she found a mostly free country on the verge of an identity crisis. The US had enjoyed decades of incredible progress at the hands of capitalist innovation in industries like transportation and telecommunications that we now take for granted. Her famous novel Atlas Shrugged held up a mirror to American society, where the engines of these advances – productive, creative individuals – were increasingly punished rather than rewarded. Now, for the first time, fans of Rand and newcomers to her work alike can experience the full epic in film format, as Part III of the movie trilogy opens in theaters across the country. But as the film's producer Harmon Kaslow will explain on tomorrow's show, audiences will exit theaters into a world that is sadly not so different from the fictional realm of Dagny Taggart, Hank Rearden, Wesley Mouch, and John Galt.