Celebrate Atlas Shrugged Day: Give a copy to a student through Free Objectivist Books

02 Sep 2012

It’s September 2, Atlas Shrugged Day. What better way to celebrate than by giving a copy to a student who wants to read it?

Right now on Free Objectivist Books, there are over 120 students looking for donors to send them copies of Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, and other Objectivist books. A few minutes and a few dollars can put a copy in their hands.

Here are a few examples of students who want Atlas Shrugged:

Liam Connelly, studying political science at the University of Southern Maine: "I hear references to Rand's work all the time now, especially *Atlas Shrugged.* Cliffs Notes summaries and Wikipedia entries can never approach the knowledge gleaned from reading the text myself."
Kelsey Baker at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX: "I'm a student starting a Students for Liberty club at my university and I wanted to do some background reading/have books available for other people."
Steven Sunding at Francis Lewis High School: "I have been a victim of leftist indoctrination by our public school system, my relatives, and the culture in general.... Considering the political bias that's rampant among the teachers in my particular school, I'm afraid the only books I'll be exposed to in English class are anti-capitalist novels such as *The Grapes of Wrath*.... Also, despite becoming more politically conservative, I've been quite disturbed by religious conservatives, whom I feel don't truly care for freedom outside the realm of economics."

In case you haven’t heard of Free Objectivist Books, it’s a website for the purpose of giving away copies of Objectivist books to students who want to read them. Students sign up with their name and school, and say what book they want to read and why. Donors choose which students they want to sponsor, and then send them the books directly. As a donor, you’ll get a personal thank-you from the student, and when they finish reading the book, you’ll get to hear their reaction. It’s a simple, easy, direct form of activism that is unusually motivating and rewarding.

Sign up to donate today at freeobjectivistbooks.org.

For more about the project, check out the slides from my info session at OCON.