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Atlas Shrugged Part II

Nikos snapped this bootleg shot of  Part II. The actual movie looks a lot better. Promise.

First of all, a big THANK YOU to everyone who made it out to our private screening of Atlas Shrugged Part II last night. We gave out all 282 tickets we had, and over 220 people joined us for the movie. If you weren’t able to make it for whatever reason (a lot of our readers are outside of Central Florida and that would make it tough to attend), I hope you’ll be able to see the movie before too long. Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged has been one of my favorite books for a long time, and the movies (both of them) didn’t disappoint, in my humble opinion.

Here’s the trailer again, in case you haven’t seen it yet:

If you’ve seen the movie, let me know what you thought by leaving a comment below. And if you happen to host an event like this in your area, I’d love to hear how it goes and to see some pictures.

On another note, sales have been pretty solid so far for my book. To help it along, I’d really appreciate it if you’d be willing to write a review of it on Amazon.com. A review anywhere online would be great, but Amazon is more likely to “recommend” it to other people when there’s a certain amount of activity (reviews, purchases, etc.)…or so I’m told…and the site has such a broad range of users.

Thanks in advance for helping my book to have a big impact and help as many small business owners as possible! Oh, and if you haven’t ordered it yet…get going, especially since orders of multiples (2 or more copies) have all net proceeds donated to the Young Entrepreneur Foundation. So you can get educated (from my book) and help out a worthy foundation in the process.

Dedicated to Your Continued Success,

Chris

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23 Comments

  1. hldelano says:

    quite a right wing agenda you have. A book written by a woman who lived under communism and then became an expert on capitalism..
    Don’t think things are that bad but it might help to start repealing some of the Bush homeland security laws, such as how they spy on American citizens by monitoring phone and E mail, that’s the most intrusive gov’t action that I have ever seen. I do want to see the Banking Act of 1933 re-instituted rather than that abortion of a bill that is now over 2000 pages and the Banks keep modifying the laws by buying our congressmen, presidents, senators, and bureaucrats to keep weakening it. They naturally want to keep that $126 Trillion derivatives market going, maybe next time Jamey Diamond will lose 20 or 30 billion and bring his bank down. I believe government has a place in regulating those who could due harm to our country such as the banks, oil company drilling. Yes government has a function and a place.

    • Chris Hurn says:

      I don’t consider it “right-wing” to champion the Entrepreneur or our free enterprise economic system that, while not perfect, is the best ever in that it creates/has created more prosperity for the most people.

      Technically, Ayn Rand fled Bolshevik Russia after these communist totalitarians took (illegally stole) her father’s business… no doubt in the name of the “common good.” Oh and these same folks later “purged” her from her college studies — much like Islamofacists do regularly today when their women try to get educated. It’s truly disgusting and inhumane.

      Many would argue who better to write a book than someone who’s had first-hand experience with how every planned economic system, no matter how well intentioned, degenerates into pain and suffering for so many.

      Yes, government has a place and function… that I agree with you on (I provide government-guaranteed loans, after all… of course, that guarantee is paid for by borrowers and banks and historically operates at a zero-subsidy/budget-neutral status for the US taxpayer). But I, like many others, believe regulations have over-reached. And when we have a President who (in the interpretation most liberals want us to understand) elevates bureaucrats to the same level as entrepreneurs… we have a VERY big problem.

      Nowhere else in books or cinema has anyone ever championed the Entrepreneur as a true hero of society, even though innovators throughout history have done more good for mankind that all the politicians and bureaucrats with their treaties and laws and directives, combined. THAT’S why I do the private screenings. Entrepreneurs DESERVE someone in their corner. If that makes me “right-wing” then so be it. At least I know I’m RIGHT.

      • Sidney Hawk says:

        Thank you, Chris. Some people know SO much about Ayn Rand and her evil ways ;) And yeah, how could you live in a Socialistic society and know anything about how great another system is in replacement?

        • Chris Hurn says:

          Are you being sarcastic, Sidney? :)

          • Janice Goines says:

            I have been looking for small business book to provide as gifts at an upcoming advisory board meeting. I was encouraged by your banking background and especially the 504 experience, but I am so tired of political posturing from the right that I hesitate to make the purchase and have decided to continue my search elsewhere. Atlas Shrugged was trendy in the 60s but it is time to intellectually move on.

  2. Martin Forster says:

    Chris, thanks for sending this. I was very disappointed that we weren’t able to join you.

    Thanks and have a great weekend.

  3. David Repka says:

    Well done – I shared it with 8,000+ Twitter followers and on G+

    • Chris Hurn says:

      Thanks, David. I hope you’ll consider telling them about my new book as well.

  4. Barbara Benson says:

    Saw the much anticipated Part II last weekend in Atlanta. Too bad the whole country doesn’t have to see it.

    • Chris Hurn says:

      I agree with you, Barbara. :) Hey, where’s your bulk book order at? Aren’t you ready to start using my new book as a sales tool???

  5. Brendon Dedekind says:

    Chris – what a great idea to share tickets for the movie with us all.

    THANK YOU – very kind!

    I was there for about 30 minutes then had to leave due to a deal we are working on.

    Really enjoyed the 30 minutes I watched – have read about ½ the book and look forward to watching the movie soon!

    Thank you very much!

  6. Frank Arnall says:

    Thank you so much for the tickets. We certainly enjoyed the showing and the opportunity to meet and talk with a few “fellow believers” in the American capitalist system. Reading your book and/or seeing the movie should be a requirement for qualifying as a voter!

    • Chris Hurn says:

      Thank you very much, Frank. :) Be sure to post a review of my new book on Amazon. Take care.

  7. Bruce Erickson says:

    Chris.. I do get your emails and find that your interest for the future of our Country are the same..

  8. Ruth Bell says:

    Thank You.

  9. Chris Hurn says:

    Thanks, Tim! Now get my book!

  10. Harold Fry says:

    hi ya Chris, Thank you.

  11. Dick Gregor says:

    Just got back into town- thanks.

  12. Laura Wideman says:

    Thanks, Chris. Sorry we are unable to join you. Keep us in mind for next time.

  13. Mark Rygielski says:

    Thanks Chris Hurn. Atlas Shrugged movie Philosophy and practice is the way to go.

  14. Jonathan Gorman says:

    I think you have a great blog – and definitely understand the 504 program.

    But – and maybe it’s me – promoting Atlas Shrugged while otherwise promoting a number of government programs seems a bit dissonant to me.

    I try to keep my politics and commerce separate – no need to offend an otherwise good relationship – but I respect you enough to give you my honest feedback.

    • Chris Hurn says:

      Thanks for your email, your kind words, and your honest feedback. Now, I’d like to explain myself better:

      I only promote one “government” loan program (the 504) and it happens to be one that has operated at a zero-subsidy/budget-neutral basis for nearly its entire history (my recent congressional testimony gave ways to get it back to zero-subsidy – had a small subsidy in recent years due to the recession’s impact on real estate values). It does this through the fees charged to lenders and borrowers using the program. These fees act like an insurance pool to cover losses. The little-known fact is: the historical charge-off rate for SBA 504 loans is under 1%, so I would classify this program as arguably one of the federal government’s best economic development programs EVER and one that should be modeled for other programs, even. It fundamentally brings Wall Street financing to Main Street businesses.

      I’m not one of those “true believer Randians” who is an atheist or thinks government should have virtually no role in things like these (above). Reasonable and responsible government DOES have a role. I can think of no better example than the 504, which is one reason I champion it.

      The reason I’ve done these private screenings is rather simple: whether one likes her personally or not, nowhere else in literature or cinema has anyone EVER championed the Entrepreneur or our Free Enterprise system better than Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged.” Exposing this message to more people is good for our society, Jonathan. That’s why I did it and will continue to do it for Part Three.

      Thanks again for your comments. I hope this clarifies things.

  15. Chris Hurn says:

    I’m sorry to hear of that, Ms. Goines. Many would say “Atlas Shrugged” has never been more relevant than now, even though it was written over 50 years ago.

    I’m certainly not a “Randian” (there are many things about her philosophies I do not like or agree with), but I’ve never read a book more championing of the Entrepreneur than hers… and I’ve read NUMEROUS books on entrepreneurship and small business. THAT is why I happened to rent-out a movie theatre twice for my local past clients and business friends — you must have seen that somewhere online. I won’t be apologizing for championing someone who championed capitalism and it’s greatest defenders: Entrepreneurs.

    It would appear that your dismissiveness of what you assumed was my “political posturing,” is as “intellectually” wrong as you must think her book is. It’s a shame that your apparent partisanship distorts you willingness to search for truth wherever it may lie. But alas, that IS the great fraud of many partisans: they only like that which agrees with them. This is why modern-day so-called “multi-culturalism” is such a joke on college campuses — diversity of opinions, thoughts, groups, etc. only extends as far as it fits within their world views. True diversity of thought is threatened and these college campus partisans operate no better (morally) than the ones they despise. Free speech is most censured, directly and indirectly, in the very place where we’re trying to help advance tomorrow’s innovators: the Academy.

    Good luck to you, Ms. Goines. My book sales are going quite well, and I’m happy to share my knowledge and experiences with America’s entrepreneurs… for their betterment. That’s why I even added my charitable component to my book sales — for the Young Entrepreneur Foundation.

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