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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Atlas Puked

If you have not yet read Atlas Shrugged, a great piece of literature that the government schools tend to ignore, you really should. Although written in 1957 it is downright spooky in that the story parallels many of today's current events as perpetrated by the Obama Administration and the democrat congress.

If you are one who experiences literature via books on CD you can save some money by just listening to the daily news as it pretty much follows Rand's story.

As stated by one of Rand's characters in Atlas Shrugged:
When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion - when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed.
You socialists wanted change. We all got it.

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3 Comments:

Blogger John Galt said...

Right Hook--as a person with some knowledge of literature and the craft of writing, I object to Atlas Shrugged being called great literature. It contains a good story, and the principles are mostly spot-on from a secular point of view, but it's terrible writing. Rand had no self-discipline, and worse, didn't seem to trust the story to preach for her. Instead she must needs bludgeon the reader, repeatedly, with sermons. Still, you're right--if readers haven't read it yet, they're behind the game and better get on with it.

2/19/2009 1:29 PM  
Blogger John Galt said...

They should read it for its prescience, yes, and for seeing the solution: blowing up the current system and replacing it, once enough of the population has accepted that the current system is perverse and its replacement must be built on a renewed individual responsibility, a repugnance toward forced charity.

And Rand would have objected, but I'd argue the new system will require a people who, though they hate forced and collective charity, are enthusiastically charitable themselves on an individual basis. As I said above, Rand had no self-discipline; perhaps it would be truer to say she had a very perverse understanding of self-discipline. Part of self-discipline is teaching yourself to accept reality; like all utopians (the libertarians and anarchists are utopians, of course, just with very different ideas of what would make a perfect society than the liberals), Rand spent her life refusing to accept some facts, including the fact that some people are unable to take care of themselves, and we have been wired to know that we ought to help those people, and even that it's a fact that we ought to help them.

But Atlas Shrugged, despite the undisciplined, flabby sermons, is very good for helping people hate the hateful kind of so-called charity and all theft by government.

2/19/2009 1:46 PM  
Blogger Right Hook said...

I like Rand's style a lot more than many works by other authors acclaimed by academics, but style is largely a matter of personal preference. The thing so eerie about Atlas Shrugged, regardless of how one critiques the style, is how closely the events of the story parallel the events of today as well as some of what went on in the Clinton Administration.

God help us if today's reality culminates in the same way that Rand's work of fiction did.

2/19/2009 9:45 PM  

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