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34,000 Facebook users want to plug BP leak with Ayn Rand

Melissa Kaplan Jun 2, 2010

Facebook users have come up with myriad ideas for plugging the leak (generally ones that reveal a sense of resentment or their political leanings), but one page suggesting the use of the works of controversial author Ayn Rand is picking up particular speed; 33,805 users would see fit to fill the worst oil leak in U.S. history with copies of Atlas Shrugged, Rand’s best-known novel.

Ayn Rand was infamous for her strong philosophy of laissez-faire capitalism, enforced by a constitutionally limited government. In economics, the term “laissez-faire” refers to allowing the industry to be free of state intervention.

If you want to delve deeper into the minds of her critics, here’s Rand speaking in defense of her views on capitalism:

Or if you’re a Rand fan and want to find a community sympathizers (or a date), head over to the Atlasphere.

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