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Ha! I'm past the speech at the cocktail party already. Atlas Shrugged is one of my all-time favorites. I've read it before, but I was too young (just out of college) to really appreciate it. It just seemed like a story to me at the time, and the significance zipped right over my head. This time through, I'm trying to only read it when I have time to sit down and relish it... and it seems I only have a few minutes here and there to read a dozen pages or so at a time, so I've put Atlas Shrugged on the back burner till I have to sit down and get lost finishing it.

So that cocktail party speech... you mean the one that starts out like this...

"So you think that money is the Root of all evil?" said Francisco d'Anconia. "Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?"

I love that stuff.

I'll check out Stall Points. Just what I need. An even larger pile of books to work through. ;-) Seriously though... thanks for the rec. I'm always on the lookout.

kevin
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