Atilla Shrugged is a 3 act play drawn from Dostoyevsky’s novels with characters from Ayn Rand’s novels cast in Fyodor’s roles.
Act I is the scene from The Brothers Karamazov where Ivan confronts his Demon.
Act II is the scene from Crime and Punishment where Razkolnikov and police inspector Porfiry Petrovitch discuss The New Jerusalem and the Exceptional Man.
Act III is the scene a from The Idiot, at a party at Prince Mishkin’s villa late into the St Petersburg summer night, where Lebedev holds forth on meaning of Wormwood in the Apocolypse of John.
It is our contention that Dostoyevsky’s primary purpose was to preempt the nihilistic worldview that was destined to become Ayn Rand’s purpose in life to champion. Seventy years before Atlas Shrugged was written, Fyodor could see it coming, and wanted to leave us the tools to render Objectivism to it’s component ingredients of unchecked ego, boundless avarice and ultimate liberation from the moral constraints of empathy.
Dostoyevsky wrote “The Idiot” around the time of the Madras famine, where millions died of famine watching grain loaded for export before their eyes.
“As for me, I don’t believe in these trains bringing bread to humanity. For, founded on no moral principle, these may well, even in the act of carrying bread to humanity, coldly exclude a considerable portion of humanity from enjoying it; that has been seen more than once.”
— Lebedev, from The Idiot
Ayn Rand wasn’t content to ignore the injustice of her times, but instead dedicated herself to weaving a magic fabric of moral indifference that has infected generations
“If any civilizaton is to survive, it is the morality of alturism that men must reject.”
— Ayn Rand