John Goedde, chairman of the Idaho Senate’s Education Committee, introduced legislation Tuesday to require every Idaho high school student to read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” and pass a test on it to graduate from high school.Goedde likes the book because it made his son a Republican. He also doesn't intend to push the legislation. Instead he is using the bill to threaten to those who have opposed other education initiatives that he has proposed. One could praise Goedde for living the values that Rand preaches, but that would also praise a foolish consistency.
Lest some South Dakota legislator begins to fear that Republicans are a minority or somehow thinks Rand's lengthy paean to selfishness a necessary read, The Daily Beast provides a reminder of review of Rand's magnum opus that I heartily endorse:
Writing in the pages of William F. Buckley’s National Review, Whittaker Chambers, a former communist turned vigorous anti-communist, offered what would become the most famous criticism of novelist Ayn Rand: “From almost any page of Atlas Shrugged, a voice can be heard, from painful necessity, commanding: ‘To a gas chamber—go!’”