Monday, March 09, 2009

The Atlas Shrugged Index

Freakonomics blog: "From recession-culture trends we’ve written about on this blog lately, a recession icon of sorts emerges, wrapped in a Snuggie, puffing on a pipe — and now with a copy of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged on his lap.
The Economist reports that the book’s sales rank on Amazon is far above what it’s been in previous years (and briefly topped Obama’s The Audacity of Hope).
Furthermore, says The Economist, data from TitleZ.com show recent sales spikes of the book coinciding with major political events, such as the passing of the stimulus plan.
The spikes, The Economist surmises, happen when people (including a handful of bloggers, politicians, and economists) notice the eerie similarities between real-life events — like the recent spate of sea pirate attacks — and the scenarios Rand described in her book.
As long as the halls of Congress don’t start ringing with the question “Who is John Galt?” let’s hope it’s just a case of life imitating art."

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