"Atlas Shrugged: Part I is in many ways charmingly oblivious to its inherent contradictions and the fact that its capitalist titans appear to be squatting in old, abandoned Dynasty sets, eating food-court baked potatoes." -Carina Chocano, New York Times
[Regarding Atlas Shrugged: Part II] “A stupid person’s idea of what a smart movie sounds like.” - Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
From the Kickstarter page’s FAQ:
Isn’t asking for charity antithetical to Ayn Rand’s philosophy?
Ayn Rand had no problem with someone giving money to a cause they care about. If someone deems a cause worthy and wants to donate money, they should be free to do it. What Ayn Rand had a problem with is altruism for the sake of altruism as a moral duty, or being compelled, or forced, to “give.” The Atlas Shrugged Kickstarter campaign is of course a voluntary value-for-value exchange. You are not obligated to contribute.
Why Kickstarter? Why do you need the money?
[…]2. We’re very aware that we have a built-in “anti-Atlas” audience as well. We know from our experience with the first two films that there is an incredible amount of vitriol out there and, we have every intention of capitalizing on it this time around. As we launch the Kickstarter campaign, those haters are going to come ALIVE. They’re going to come after us in droves attacking us everywhere online. To them, we say thank you. Thank you for helping us spread the word. We’re looking forward to the onslaught of all those negative blogs, facebook posts, and tweets.
Consider me “alive”. The free market has spoken. Your hypocritical milkshake, I DRINK IT UP.