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In Defense of Economic 'Bigness" From The Deep Woods

In his latest piece, “Be Afraid of Economic ‘Bigness.’ Be Very Afraid,” Tim Wu, a law professor at Columbia University, makes the argument that monopoly and excessive corporate concentration can lead to what Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once called the “curse of bigness.” Jim Woods doesn't quite view Professor Wu's argument in such simplistic terms.

Authors Edward Hudgins and Jim Woods Celebrate 75 Years of Significance for The Fountainhead

Celebrate the literary and philosophical significance of the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand on May 7 by joining Jim Woods, Edward Hudgins, and Heather Wagenhals as they explore the themes, pages, and ramifications of this incredible work of fiction with the Atlasphere podcast.

Investment Author Jim Woods Discusses Wealth and Achievement from The Atlasphere Episode 01

Jim Woods, a 20-plus-year veteran of the investment markets guest appears with show host Heather Wagenhals for the inaugural episode of The Atlasphere Podcast.

Welcome to the Atlasphere Podcast

Welcome to our newest feature on the website, The Atlasphere podcast. Join us for an audible journey into romantic realism.

Thales Day: The birthday of reason

The story of how the scientist-philosopher Thales came to predict a solar eclipse in 585 B.C. is an inspiring lesson in the triumph of rational, independent thinking. Lovers of reason should celebrate accordingly!

Honor in the concrete

On the surface, Locke writer-director Stephen Knight has given us a minimalist movie about a man, his car, and his mobile device. For 85 minutes we watch a man who pours concrete for a living, driving alone in his car and talking on the phone. On a deeper level, however, this is a movie about something subtle and important: The role of honor.

The Tao of Roark: A love song to life on earth

Do you enjoy learning from The Fountainhead? Now you can glean even more. In The Tao of Roark, Peter Saint-Andre explores key personal growth themes from Ayn Rand’s novel — themes immediately relevant to living the good life — with unusual insight and wisdom. This book honors, above all, the sacred fire of individuality. There's just one catch: The book uses unusual means to achieve its unusual effects.

Clockwork Angels: The Novel

We’ve long known the rock band Rush was influenced by Ayn Rand’s writings, including her sci-fi novelette Anthem. Now lyricist Neil Peart and co-author Kevin J. Anderson have written their own sci-fi/fantasy novel, itself inspired by a new Rush album. But how do the book — and the associated album — stand up to the legacy of Rush’s classic work?

North and South: An industrial synthesis

Charlotte Bronte meets Ayn Rand in this 19th Century novel about a minister’s daughter who finds her independence and an industrialist who transforms from a despot to an enlightened capitalist. The author has an exciting way of presenting ideas, and her take on the Industrial Revolution is quite different from Dickens and other writers of the era. Is this a novel Ayn Rand fans could love?

War and purpose: Cossacks in Paris

Historical novels remain one of the few genres that capture the world-altering nature of big events, as well as the heroes (and villains) behind them. Set in the same time period as “War and Peace,” Jeffrey Perren’s new “Cossacks in Paris” is starkly different from Tolstoy’s classic, in characters and plot. So how does it measure up, by Randian standards?