Thursday, 29 December 2016

Eligibility for Atlas Shrugged
12th Graders, College Undergraduates, and Graduate Students
Entry Deadline:

Awards
APRIL 28, 2017
1ST PLACE
$20,000
1 Winner
2ND PLACE
$2,000
3 Winners
3RD PLACE
$1,000
5 Winners
FINALISTS
$100
25 Winners
SEMIFINALISTS
$50
50 Winners


SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THREE TOPICS:

  1. Francisco d’Anconia says that the “words ‘to make money’ hold the essence of human morality.” What does he mean? What are today’s prevalent moral attitudes toward money? Do you agree with Francisco’s view? Explain why or why not.
  2. Atlas Shrugged is both a celebration of business and a defense of it against widespread attacks. Judging from the novel, as well as from Ayn Rand’s essay “What Is Capitalism?” and her speech “America’s Persecuted Minority: Big Business,” why does she think business should be defended and championed? What does she think is a proper defense of business, and why?
  3. Ragnar Danneskjöld says he loves that which has rarely been loved, namely, human ability. What do you think he means? How does his position relate to the idea: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”? Do you agree or disagree with Ragnar’s attitude? Explain.



No application is required. Contest is open to students worldwide, except where void or prohibited by law. Essays must be written in English only.

The following information should be included in the cover sheet with the essay

1. your name and address;
2. your email address (if available);
3. the name and address of your school;
4. topic selected (#1, 2 or 3 from the “Topics” tab);
5. your current grade level; and
6. (optional) the name of the teacher who assigned the essay if you are completing it for classroom credit.

Essay must be no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 words in length, double-spaced. Spelling errors and/or written corrections (by anyone) found on the essay will count against the final grade and should be omitted before submission.

One entry per student per contest.





Atlas Shrugged: A Book Review and Lessons from the Ayn Rand Classic: Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged the Novel, The FountainHead, The Virtue of Selfishness, Philosophy (Capitalism 1)



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