As you may recall, the first two parts of the Atlas Shrugged movie adaptation were not exactly a huge success with audiences or with critics. Critics are not a problem, of course; they can be dismissed because they’re just part of the Liberal Media Establishment. And if audiences stayed away, well, that’s just because maybe they were simply not ready for the Important Message of an Ayn Rand movie — they’ll find it, they will, and it will change their lives. But the epic must be finished, and unfortunately, not a lot of money rolled in from the first two outings to finance the third. Never mind what the free market said about the need for the third installment, there’s a goddam Artistic Vision here that needs to be fulfilled. And so co-producers Harmon Kaslow and John Aglialoro have gone on Kickstarter to raise $250,000 to help produce part 3, Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? As the A.V. Club says, it’s just what they had to do in order to “propagate its titular character’s manifesto to ‘never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.'”
But this is NOT IRONIC, dammit! It’s right there in the FAQ on the Kickstarter page!
Isn’t asking for charity antithetical to Ayn Rand’s philosophy?
Regarding the idea of charity however, Ayn Rand had no problem with someone giving money to a cause they care about. If someone deems a cause worthy and wants to donate money, they should be free to do it. What Ayn Rand had a problem with is altruism for the sake of altruism as a moral duty, or being compelled, or forced, to “give.” The Atlas Shrugged Kickstarter campaign is of course a voluntary value-for-value exchange. You are not obligated to contribute.
“The fact that a man has no claim on others (i.e., that it is not their moral duty to help him and that he cannot demand their help as his right) does not preclude or prohibit good will among men and does not make it immoral to offer or to accept voluntary, non-sacrificial assistance.” – Ayn Rand
So you snide little moochers and leeches just stop your snickering right this minute. We’re not begging, we’re simply giving an opportunity to likeminded people who want Ayn Rand’s message to reach a nation that desperately needs it, so that they can give us money that we have somehow not gotten from the fruit of our own labor on the previous two movies.
Besides, it’s not charity — it’s a mutually beneficial transaction. Pledges of $35 get a tee shirt. For $1000, your name goes in the “Thanks To” list in the credits. For $5000, you can be an extra! If you shell out $7,500, your name will be “carved into John Galt’s house along side Ellis Wyatt, Ken Dannager, and Richard Halley” and will be “prominently displayed” onscreen, although as the Slog notes, “Unfortunately for Ben Dover and Rand Sux-Dønkeballz, the names carved into the house will be subject to the producers’ approval.”
So it’s not begging. It’s capitalism with friends, a voluntary association of like-minded individuals into a collective…um, a community… no, that’s not right, either, a voluntary yet severable affiliation, how about that?
Seriously, you guys, just give us lots of money so we can spread the message that every man must depend only upon himself. Please?