Sunday, November 28, 2004

Introduction

I created this blog for the purpose of storing and spreading information about the mainly lost works of Garet Garrett. While the whole idea might sound uninteresting to those of you who have not heard of him or his work, keep an open mind.

Garrett was an early to mid 20th century conservative writer whose books and articles challenged the New Deal policies of Franklin Roosevelt. He also did much more than that. As a novelist, essayist and editor for the Saturday Evening Post, Garrett provided a remarkable advocacy of capitalism and freedom.

Garrett's writings foreshadowed many of the later writings of Ayn Rand. For those who have read the Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, certain unknown novels of Garrett would evoke a certain familiarity. While Ayn Rand appears to have built on those works and added much that was unique, revolutionary and brilliant, Garrett's works provided certain unmistakable elements for the Randian novels. Despite Garrett's obscurity, his ideas live on today in the works of modern writers and books.

There are enough Garrett books, articles and stories (together with related economic and political news) to blog for many years. Check back here every so often to see what is new (and what is old). You will gradually gain an appreciation for Garrett's works and for old fashioned capitalism.

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5 Comments:

At December 21, 2004 at 11:46 AM, Blogger Bev Allen said...

You might even say (as some have) that Rand plagarized Garrett's The Driver to write Atlas. As she plagarized or plundered from so many other sources to create her 'unique' works, (viz. 'We" in Russian = "Anthem")

Congratulations on having the nerve to even make the connection between Garrett and Rand.

 
At December 22, 2004 at 11:05 PM, Blogger Garet Garrett said...

Actually, I don't think there was plagiarism involved. I plan to write at length about the Driver in a future post. I remain an admirer of Ayn Rand. I could find no Rand passages lifted from the Driver word for word (or even close). She merely used the germ of Garrett's ideas and built upon them.

I think if given the opportunity, Rand would have publicly endorsed the Driver as she did Calumet K.

Bev, the mountain photo from your blog is tremendous. What part of Colorado is that from?

 
At March 15, 2005 at 5:28 PM, Blogger New World Man said...

Thought you might be interested in this recent article from The Atlasphere that reviews The Driver. After reading the article I googled around and found this blog. Looking forward to updates.

 
At August 10, 2005 at 9:07 AM, Blogger JimGar said...

Great idea and kudos for pursuing this. I too look forward to your future posts. Have you come across any copies of Carl Ryant's book on Garet, Profit's Prophet. I've been searching, unsuccessfully, for about a year.

 
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