I am hoping you and your readers can help settle an issue. I am a left-leaning voter. A conservative friend and I recently discussed Atlas Shrugged, which he said was the ultimate right-wing novel. He challenged me to point him towards a left-wing novel that does for that side of politics what Rand does for the right. I think the book needs to do two things: justify the welfare state and argue the limitations of the invisible hand. While I can think of lots of non-fiction texts, I am drawing blank on fictional offerings.
Do you or your readers have any suggestions? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Cowen mentions Grapes of Wrath. I’d nominate Catch 22 and The Great Gatsby, although neither of them quite fit the definition supplied.
Maybe Atlas Shrugged is a bit of an outlier. Outside of Rand’s work you can’t point to any other ‘ultimate right-wing novel’ either.
I think the best pieces of political propaganda I’ve ever seen are the Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister shows. They demonise the idea of centralised government and a professional civil service and consistently make the argument for public-choice theory with such wit and sophistication you never know you’re being manipulated.