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Comment author: Vladimir_Nesov 14 July 2009 02:53:26AM *  1 point [-]

Worthiness of the Cause does not mean you can spend any less effort in resisting the cult attractor. You clearly went overboard with praise, which is a valid warning signal. The book itself is not that great, even if the cultish behavior of some of its followers is even worse.

Comment author: orthonormal 14 July 2009 03:10:47AM *  0 points [-]

On the other hand, we shouldn't necessarily fault enthusiasm around here. We should be able to articulate why it's ridiculous to describe "Atlas Shrugged" in particular as 'the greatest book yet written'.

EDIT: Thanks for adding the last sentence, Vladimir.