Ayn Rand (1905-1982) and C. S. Lewis (1989-1963) were contemporaries. Now more than thirty years after Rand's death and fifty years from Lewis's death (he died the same day as John F. Kennedy) they remain influential with official websites, Facebook pages and college courses dedicated to their teachings.
So in 2013, who has the larger influence?
Lewis wins 24 million vs. 11 million for Rand
Rand (http://www.aynrand.org) wins Alexa Traffic Rank = 138,360 vs. Lewis (http://www.cslewis.org/) 1,356,384
Lewis wins with 764,517 likes vs. Rand's 343,040 likes
Amazon book sales?
Lewis is ranked #92 of the top 100 authors on Amazon. Rand did not make the list.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe earned over $700 million. Atlas Shrugged Part I lags at $10 million. Ouch.
I think Rand is overrated and falsely grouped with conservatives, which is one of the main reasons I wrote Atlas Shrugged Jesus Wept. Conservatives can find a much better model for society by reading Lewis instead of Rand.
To see how narrow and small minded Rand was, see Ayn Rand Really, Really Hated C.S. Lewis
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