The works of Ayn Rand have their detractors.
In supporting the idea of Objectivism, Rand's works purport to describe how self-reliance is the only way to the experience the joys of self-worth, self-interest, and self-ishness.
These are, of course, the forerunners of the selfie.
Rand also was very keen to insist that man "exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself."
Some, therefore, have guffawed at the notion that her disciples have just started a Kickstarter campaign. They are out on the virtual streets, cap in hand.
Their goal is to raise $250,000 to help produce the third part of the "Atlas Shrugged" trilogy of movies.
You might have missed the first two. Most people did. Which doesn't mean they weren't very fine movies. Perhaps they were simply made without the masses in mind.
As A.V. Club reports, the first two movies made a total of $8 million, a scant return on the art of self-worth.
Those with a sense of irony might wonder whether asking others for money hurtles Objectivism toward Objectionablism.
The producers, Harmon Kaslow and John Aglialoro, are ready for such questionable quippery. They make clear on Kickstarter that no one is being forced to give.
This isn't like, say, social security or Obamacare. No, no. As the FAQ points out: "Ayn Rand had no problem with someone giving money to a cause they care about."
There again, she also said: "The choice -- the dedication to one's highest potential -- is made by accepting the fact that the noblest act you have ever performed is the act of your mind in the process of grasping that two and two make four."
My feeling is that these producers know very well that two and two make four. Indeed, they claim in their Kickstarter notes that the movie is already funded and beginning production in October.
What they seek here is an additional $250,000 to expand "the production, distribution, and marketing budgets."
They want your money to make their subjectively brilliant movie even more subjectively brilliant.
These aren't moochers, they're perfectionists. They're not beggars; they're choosers. And they've chosen you.
The Kickstarter campaign has kicked into a very high gear. Thirteen backers have already given $1,000, the value exchange for which is their name actually in the movie. At the time of writing a total of $109,528 has been raised.
So may I remind you again, this isn't like social security. Ayn Rand was against social security.
Well, until she accepted it, of course.