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Published on Jan 16, 2013
January 16, 2013 -- "America—and that's of course what Atlas Shrugged is about—is about individuals aspiring to build things."
These are the words of Rebublican Senator and Wisconsin businessman Ron Johnson, who recently sat down with The Atlas Society's Laurie Rice. He discussed the ideas of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, his experience running a successful manufacturing company, the goals of his political career, and the future of America's economy and culture.
Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged grow in influence every day. From politicians such as Senator Ron Johnson and Rep. Allen West (interviewed by Ed Hudgins in June 2012); to the Atlas Shrugged movie and celebrity Rand fans, such as Anne Hathaway; to CEOs and entrepreneurs; individuals from every walk of life are using the ideas of Objectivism to realize their goals and shape the world according to their values. The Atlas Society is here to provide, explain, and promote the philosophical framework for "Objectivism in life and thought."
Ron Johnson is a member of the budget committee and the appropriations committee in the United States Senate. Before he was elected to serve Wisconsin in 2010, Ron Johnson was a CEO and accountant at PACUR, a medical device packaging company in Oshkosh.
To learn more about Ron Johnson or to explore the charts and numbers he cites in this Atlas Society interview, visit http://www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/public/. See further video interviews with Ron Johnson at CNN (speaking about the fiscal cliff) and CNBC. Read about his start in politics in "Mr. Johnson Goes To Washington" in The Wall Street Journal.