LIFE IMITATES ART

The Ayn Rand Effect

Is this the book of recession? The Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights claims that because of the economic crisis, sales of Rand’s Atlas Shrugged are through the roof. And according to an analysis of the so-called Rand effect in The Economist, “Whenever governments intervene in the market, in short, readers rush to buy Rand’s book.” Sales of the 1957 book—a novel about embattled capitalism that is often seen in backpacks of high-schoolers—have reportedly tripled over the past year.