Despite my low esteem of Ayn Rand's simplistic dogma, I do have some sympathy for some varieties of libertarian philosophy... (e.g. the core messages of Adam Smith, who liberals ought to rediscover, much to their surprise). Moreover, I do rate THE FOUNTAINHEAD as by far Rand's best book. In its smaller and more personal scope, that novel offered a pretty effective (if melodramatic) portrayal of uncompromising genius having to overcome the boneheaded doorkeepers of art and architecture -- two realms that are always beset by bullies and villainy. Alas, in contrast, both the book and the film ATLAS SHRUGGED take on civilization as a whole -- all of its institutions and enlightenment processes, top to bottom -- calling every last one of them corrupt, devoid of hope, intelligence or honor. Moreover A.S. proclaims that the vast majority of our fellow citizens are braying, silly sheep. In this highly-viewed essay, I decrypt many aspects, e.g. why none of Rand's characters ever, ever have children. And how she turns out to have been the greatest literary and philosophical heir of ... Karl Marx.