Atlas Shrugged

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  1. Coloratura

    Coloratura Snuggle Princess Premium Member

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    Just a point, but our local library, which is tiny, carries both Marx, and Mao. Unless you're being sarcastic, then just ignore me.
     
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  3. stj

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    No, not sarcastic, this is really surprising.

    I have never seen a public library (and over the years I've looked into public libraries in Morgantown, Charleston, Huntington [an interlibrary system serving a number of counties!]) Pikeville KY, which carried Marx or Mao. Most of them don't even carry a biography of Marx, or Lenin. Most will carry biographies of Stalin and Mao, hack jobs or scholastically disreputable ones, though. Libraries in WV are fanatical about purging the shelves of unread or nearly unread books (I think it comes from a policy laid down by the state library commission and affects funding.) Maybe that has something to do with the death.

    I once saw a Barnes & Noble in Philadelphia, and I believe that would have had Marx and Mao, judging from the fact they had progressive magazines. (Brentano's didn't have any if I remember correctly.) Books-A-Million and Borders don't, at least not the ones in Huntington and Charleston. Waldenbooks is defunct here, if not everywhere, but they didn't either.

    University bookstores and college libraries are a different proposition of course.
     
  4. Nerys Myk

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    The county library in my rural, red state county has Marx. The bookstores I've worked in had books by Marx, though that was in the workers paradise that is the San Francisco Bay Area. ;)
     
  5. Gov Kodos

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    Then you have some crappy bookstores and libraries in your area, stj. There was never any problem finding those works in stores and libraries around home.
     
  6. Greg Cox

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    Hmm. I'll have to go check my local library tomorrow, for curiosity's sake.

    Granted, I'm not sure I actually read Marx until I was in college, but I'd like to think it was available in Seattle when I was growing up. And I'm reasonably sure it was easy to find in the West Village in NYC later on . . . .
     
  7. Coloratura

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    That's odd. I could call any of the three libraries across three towns in a 20 mile radius, and they will have them on the shelves. We have one small book store that opened a few months ago, and I would bet you they have Marx in their inventory, and I live in southern Ohio.
     
  8. Gov Kodos

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    The bookstore downtown in Seoul has Marx in Korean, English, French and German.
     
  9. Coloratura

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    Exactly. You can find it anywhere, which is why I thought stj was being sarcastic. I mean, if our little town, which is conservative as hell, carries such books, almost everyone else should.
     
  10. sidious618

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    My local Barnes and Noble has plenty of Marx, Mao etc. but then again I am in godless New York!
     
  11. Zaku

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  12. stj

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    This may be true. But then, I have to drive eighty miles to get to a decent bookstore. (Where, by local standards, Books-A-Million is a bastion of high culture.)
     
  13. Alidar Jarok

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    See where it is.
     
  14. Professor Zoom

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    The Soviet Union?
     
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  16. Zaku

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_books_banned_by_governments

    Basically, the only books banned in the U.S. history are those with "obscene" material.

    The Americans are more afraid of sex than politics. :rommie:
     
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  17. Robert D. Robot

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    "Where oh where?...." Starting in about 5 minutes I can fine-tune my FM dial and hear scary tales about that horrific place, but I'll then need to change the station after about 5 more minutes because that is all I can stomach of Glenn Beck's rants and harebrained looniness.....
     
  18. Robert D. Robot

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    I just confirmed online that works by those men are indeed in our local libraries, supporting what other posters have already said. If what you say is true, then this reflects poorly on your region of the country.
     
  19. Robert D. Robot

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    Many people do tend to fear what they do not understand!

    .... I gotta go. Government drones are flying over the house again......
     
  20. iguana_tonante

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    Nor anywhere in the world outside his head.

    Yeah, Ayn Rand is almost completely unheard of in Italy. With good reason: when you have Bruno Vespa's, you don't need more plutocratic apologetic. ;)

    (Another Italian! Ciao Zaku! :) )