It is the fourth and final novel of Ayn Rand. The novel is written in a modern popular style and is mostly highly readable. Probably the most difficult part of reading this book is its length. The novel seems to me to be particularly timely in regard to the current philosophical debate in American society at this time. The book revolves around the larger issues of private enterprise and entrepreneurship and socialism and government control. Within the larger theme are many subplots including some romantic intrigue.
I don't wish to risk spoiling the reading experience for a perspective reader. It is clear to me that Ayn Rand conveys her personal philosophy within these works. In "The Fountainhead" she seems to extol her preferred architecture along with a very strange sexual relationship between two individuals. In "Atlas Shrugged" there is yet more unusual romantic relationships between individuals.
Having also read a biography about Ayn Rand it is clear that there is a semi autobiographical aspect to that parts of these novels. In summary I am very glad that I had a chance to read and study both "Atlas Shrugged" and the life and works of Ayn Rand. Her novels provide both entertainment and fuel for thought. I doubt that this book will suit the tastes of all readers, but it is highly readable and was well worth the effort to me. Great novel for election year reading because it addresses the problem of welfare state vs.
Rand lived through the collectivization of property in Russia so she has a harsh dystopia to describe, but her hperbole makes for lots to think about as we prepare to vote in November!!! Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. This novel written many years ago has been a favorite of mine for over 30 years. This is my fourth copy - read it every four years. Amazing how Ayn Rand was able to foresee the path our world - especially the U.
It has been many years since I last read "Atlas Shrugged" and I simply did not have the time to re-read it again, especially considering its massive length, so I decided to use this Cliffs Notes as a study guide. I don't normally advocate using Cliffs Notes to my students for fear that they would use these books as substitutes in place of reading the source works, but I think some of these books serve as great companion guides and study tools in addition to actually reading the source works. This little book is a handy guide to understanding Ayn Rand's complex work, but I would recommend using this as a guide and not a substitute for actually reading the book.
Students would also benefit from reading some of the essays written on this novel, some of which can be found online via the Ayn Rand Institute website. One person found this helpful. I was not sure what this book would be about, but it was a great read and gives an understanding of Socialism run amok. As I was reading and understanding how America is following in the footsteps that Ayn wrote in this great book. Even though this book was written over fifty years ago, you see history repeating itself. When I consider someone's moral and political opinions, I generally filter them with common sense and what I have seen in real life.
The themes, events, and dialogue in this book very closely mirror what I have seen in my real life experience. Although the book REALLY drags on way too long, and Ayn Rand really should have used an editor, I love the message and theme of this book, and I think it is very inspiring when sometimes it seems it seems like the moochers of the world are taking over. Even though it was written in the This is my second reading of this very good book. Even though it was written in the 's and the references are therefore dated, Ayn Rand does an excellent job of explaining why communism doesn't work, and showing the unintended negative consequences of too much government interference with commerce.
The book is very long - much longer than it needs to be - mostly because some of the characters go into long monologues to make the same points many times. Also, there is a troubling disconnect between the author's view that a confident, intelligent woman can be a powerful businessperson, but should enjoy being submissive in a romantic relationship. Still, it is a book that I think everyone should read. I waited too many decades to read this. I expected the economy lectures but really enjoy the story as well.
I've been kept away reading several times. Readers who believe in strong central government and social programs may find it unreasonable but should learn considerable about the way capitalists think. See all 6, reviews. See all customer images. Most recent customer reviews. Published 3 days ago. Published 5 days ago. Published 6 days ago. Published 10 days ago. Published 11 days ago. Published 13 days ago.
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Meanwhile it is made to seem like cheating on your wife is way cool and general chaos ensues. So it goes for awhile, but then, THEN, after a overlong speech that takes all the points any reader with half a mind already put together for themselves and regurgitates it out without the metaphors and into a boring speech that repeats itself many times about the points already mentioned in the novel and then makes sure you know the stuff already mentioned in the novel through a long speech, all hell breaks loose and the main characters bust into town like the goddamn A-Team.
Guns blaze, Dagny murders a few dudes and the one character who was actually worth reading about blows up the super-weapon because that guy was awesome. Screw the rest of the characters, I want to read more about that guy. He was ' about it ', like people who are apparently ' about it ' say while slugging their Mountain Dews and playing video games.
All integrity of the novel was lost with the hysterically overblown rescue scene. I mean, they even got out on 'choppers' at the end. It was the worst action movie I've ever seen, and I'm not even going to go into the scene where apparently it is okay to shoot your employees in the head for going on strike. And that, my friends, is Atlas Shrugged. People seem to really like the politics, which are 'if things aren't going your way say 'fuck my beliefs, I quit, and fuck america too.
Because if there is one thing Ayn Rand can't stand, it's taking pride in your work. What I really want to talk about is the book as a piece of literature, so don't get all steamed up about politics on me here, pal! Granted, there are a few pretty lines here, particularly the line about cigarettes and how all great thinkers should have that glowing ember at their fingertips while the lightbulb of thought is burning, but other than that Rand is a forgettable sci-fi novelist that has poorly aged with time.
Not a line of dialogue rings true to actual speech, not a cough or a scoff can go without her graciously informing the reader that the scoff or cough shows their disapproval or discomfort and whatnot. Furthermore, she certainly can't let a metaphor slip out without explaining it; reading Ayn Rand feels like being a grown adult and sitting in a elementary reading class and having the teacher explain how books work. It's as if she has no faith in her reader as a literate, thinking human being.
Worse, the characters are the sort that can only exist on the page and have such narrow-minded two-dimensional aspects that one can't possibly imagine them walking around in the real world. Of course the government is terrible in this novel, its such a caricature that nobody in their right mind would bother being submissive to it.
Granted, this book is satire, but come on Rand, put some effort into your creativity. However, Rand seems fully unable to build three-dimensional characters so is it that James is garbage or Rand herself? This idea is possibly my least favorite aspect of the book because it is comically incorrect. Though maybe my English degree is as useless as it is as finding me a job totally useless , but from what I've gathered reading books and Derrida is that language is anything but exact.
Language is pliable, words are an attempt at harnessing the abstract into sound, caging thought into something more tangible. If words have an exact meaning then all the poets have been doing is creating gibberish. And how can Rand go on writing her weak metaphors if she actually believes that statement. Briefly, Ayn Rand separates people into two catagories: I've slept on a lot of couches, but also made a lot of breakfast sandwiches.
What then am I? Somehow, people still rave about this book. I will say, however, that the chapter where they kill everyone by putting a steam engine through a tunnel was incredibly well done. She could have cut the rest of the novel and simply published that chapter because all the major points are present and for a brief moment the book felt worth reading. I also loved the bits about the pirate and the scene where the government takes over the mines to find them desolated. There are some great 'fight the man' moments but they are buried under a god-awful plot that puts the plot and politics before the writing and told through characters that are so two-dimensional that I can't even believe the scenes that have them walking down a street.
There's some politics here I guess some people could get down with, and I do understand that this is a response to the horrors of Communist Russia, but she did this so much better in Anthem though even in that she contradicts herself often. Right after a large discussion on freedom and not letting others think for you, the man names the woman character. He just tells her, this is now your name. Which seems suspiciously not like the freedom the man was fighting for and others have tackled the issue in a much more agreeable and artistic manner.
All sarcasm and jokes aside, I simply do not think this book is well written. I could honestly not care less about the political aspects, its the literary aspects that cause the low rating. I came, I read, I shrugged. I read this while working in a factory that had no heat or AC and paid minimum wage as the salary cap. However, the office had AC, heat and tons of paid vacation. Perhaps I'm just bitter about the time I was sent home for listening to a DFW interview on Bookworm because it was 'spreading liberal propaganda in the workplace.
Sorry, I'm most likely the asshole in this situation. There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world.
The other, of course, involves orcs. View all 94 comments. Jan 03, Stephen rated it liked it Shelves: A review many minutes in the writing and several hours in the photo finding. A review so important that one Dr. Hyperbole had this to say upon seeing it This review will pull no punches as it discusses all aspects of the novel and includes opinions that run the gamut from 5 stars of love to seething cauldron's of 1 star rage It is a book of new and radical ideas being passionately expressed by someone who believes deeply in them.
Whether you agree or disagree whole-heartedly or belong somewhere in the middle, it's right and proper to respect the passion and conviction that Ms. Rand feels for her subject. Call it controversial, call it inflammatory, even call it wrong, but it is impossible to call it irrelevant. There is little question that as a book of ideas, Atlas Shrugged is a monumental book and deserves its place as one of the most important books of the 20th Century Ain't I right there Normie.
At the far other end of the spectrum are those that thought Atlas Shrugged was pages of mind-numbing, bowel churning, elitist tripe. Among these detractors was one P. Griffin from Quohog, RI, who had this to say: He summed up his opinion about Rand's writing ability as follows: Whether or not you believe her vision is skewed or biased, there is still much that her book can add to the debate on the proper role of government in the life of the individual.
People are people and everyone is entitled to being judged for who they are. Walk around your house and pick up the products that you use every day and that make your life easier and ask yourself how many of them were made by people who made a lot of money off them my guess is most of them. The world we be a lot worse off without the inventors, the builders and the risk takers and they deserve our thanks and not our animosity Of course, the negative reviews don't stop with the 1 star commentators.
There were additional negative reactions raised about Atlas Shrugged and this review promises to tackle them in depth. One very controversial subject deals with attacks on Ayn Rands views on sexuality which are certainly on display in the novel. As I Amin from Uganda put it: This does nothing but preach to the converted and has all the persuasive power of a political attack ad. State your opinion once and that is laudable. If it is overly complex, maybe you repeat it a second, even a third time. One disgruntled reader stopped reading the novel halfway through and said simply Many found the prose less than noteworthy but were very taken by the plot.
Still others liked the passion of Rand's convictions but found her message lost in a myriad of meandering speeches. View all 33 comments. Nov 20, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: In some ways, this is a very bad book. The style is stiff and clunky, and the world-view she is trying to sell you has holes you could drive a train through. There is a nice putdown in One Fat Englishman. The main character has just been given a precis of Objectivism.
He says "I bet I'm at least as selfish as you. But I don't why I need to turn that into a philosophy". Thank you, Kingsley Amis. But on the plus side, the book is a page-turner; it does a great job of helping people brought up in a In some ways, this is a very bad book. But on the plus side, the book is a page-turner; it does a great job of helping people brought up in a left-wing tradition to understand the right as not just deluded or evil my friend Gen said she had the same experience after reading it ; and it is good at voicing the frustration that competent and honest people feel when they are surrounded by incompetent and dishonest ones.
And the romance between Dagny and Hank is emotionally very satisfying. I was so disappointed when she But I fear the author's desire to push her philosophical agenda got in the way of the story. I haven't exactly changed my mind on any of the above, but, as Jordan persuasively argues, it's kind of missing the point. And, with all due respect to the other reviews here, most of them are also missing the point. Well, because we're answering the wrong question. Some people uncritically adore this book. Guys, dare I suggest that you might want to broaden your reading tastes just the tiniest amount, and see if you still feel that way?
A rather larger group of reviewers can't stand Ayn Rand, and point out various obvious flaws: All of that's clearly true. But here's the question I find more interesting: It's been said that only the Bible has had a greater influence on 20th century American thought. It must have something going for it. So here's my second attempt. I think the book is dishonest, but it's dazzlingly dishonest, on a grand scale, and that's what readers find fascinating.
As the novel opens, protagonist Dagny Taggart , the Operating Vice President of Taggart Transcontinental, a railroad company established by her grandfather, attempts to keep the company alive against collectivism and statism amid a sustained economic depression. Granted, there are a few pretty lines here, particularly the line about cigarettes and how all great thinkers should have that glowing ember at their fingertips while the lightbulb of thought is burning, but other than that Rand is a forgettable sci-fi novelist that has poorly aged with time. Dagny opts to use Rearden Metal in the Rio Norte Line, becoming the first major customer to purchase the product. I really like trains, but goddammit does this novel give them a bad name. Only in the final cliffhanging scene does Schilling display the real passion of Dagny, in a single exclamation reminiscent of Scarlett O'Hara's anguished cry which closes the first half of Gone with the Wind. Railroad executive Dagny Taggart and her lover, steel magnate Hank Rearden, struggle against looters who want to exploit their productivity, including Dagny's brother and Hank's wife. It makes as much sense as the prime movers having so much self-esteem that instead of fighting for what they want in the outside world, they go and hide in the mountains.
As everyone knows, the basic thesis is that people should be more selfish, and that this will in some mystical way be good for society as a whole; a boldly paradoxical idea, and, at first sight, it's complete nonsense. I can well believe that my selfishness might be good for me personally, but why on Earth should it be good for anyone else? It flies in the face of at least two thousand years of Western ethical thought, which has been largely focused on making people less selfish, not more.
As has been widely pointed out, Objectivism is pretty much the antithesis of Christianity. Which does suggest the question of why many people on the American Right claim both to be Christians and at the same time supporters of Rand's ideas, but let's not get into that right now. I don't really understand how the American Right thinks, so it'll be more productive to consider my own reactions to the book, which were by no means all negative.
In particular, I find Dagny a sympathetic main character. Yes, she's the Mary Sue to end all Mary Sues, but that's exactly it. Rand believes in her so completely that I can't help being swept along. I am aware that few real women are hypercompetent technical and managerial geniuses, who think nothing of working 48 hours straight and then looking drop-dead gorgeous in a designer gown.
If the movie ever does get made, though, you must admit that Angelina Jolie was a shrewd piece of casting. Even if Dagny doesn't exist, I want her to, and I've seen many worse role-models for young women.
That mixture of beauty, intelligence and passion is appealing. And sure, most of the other characters are one-dimensional stereotypes, but, when you're as self-centered as Ayn Rand was, that's how you see things. It's a subjective view, and I find it interesting to look at the world through her eyes. Now that I've admitted that I love Dagny - I must admit that I can't decide whether I want to be her or sleep with her; probably a bit of both - let's get on to analyzing Rand's big con. A large part of the book is a lavish, over-the-top, melodramatic romance.
Will Dagny get her guy? She's hopelessly in love with Hank, who feels just the same way about her. But Hank's ghastly wife, Lillian, seems to be an insuperable obstacle to their happiness. Hank's got all these mistaken principles , see, which mean he has to stay with Lillian, who doesn't appreciate him one bit, rather than go off with his true love.
The best scene in the book is the confrontation at the party. Hank has created his new miracle alloy, which is a thousand times stronger than steel and a cool blue-green color to boot. The very first thing he makes from is it a bracelet for Lillian. And is she grateful? She's actually going around complaining to the other women about this ugly thing her dumb husband has given her to wear on her wrist.
Why couldn't he give her a diamond bracelet like a normal guy? But Dagny, in a blazing fury, goes up to her, and in front of everyone says that she'll be so happy to swap her own diamond bracelet for Hank's unappreciated present. Honestly, if you're not on Dagny's side at this point, I fear you have no heart at all. I was certainly cheering her on, and given the general success of the novel I assume I was one of millions. Rand has stacked the deck, but she's not exactly the first author to do so. The reasonable point she's making here is that, in romantic matters, people should often do what they want to do, rather than than what they feel they ought to do.
Straightforwardly selfish behavior is better for everyone; people need love, which makes them happy, rather than pity, which ultimately makes them miserable. At least, it's true in this particular case. You're sitting there willing Hank to understand what's so blatantly obvious. And, once she's got you to buy into her idea, she switches the cards right under your nose. In just the same way, she argues, people should always act selfishly!
See, if you're given something you haven't truly earned whatever that means , it won't make you happy. Moreover, the people who are actually entitled to it will feel hurt and frustrated, just like Dagny, and in the end they'll lose their motivation. And thus, um, if you tax multi-billionaires at more than whatever the fashionable rate is, civilization will collapse. I may have condensed the argument a little, but I think that's roughly it.
As already mentioned, this is nonsense, and shows that romance authors, even quite good ones, shouldn't try their hand at political philosophy. But that needn't stop you from appreciating their romances, and I certainly did. Next week, I will be reviewing Barbara Cartland's commentaries on Kant. View all 68 comments. When my mother gave me this book and said, "I think you will like this; I read it over a vacation in a week when I was your age," I took one look at the massive text and couldn't believe it.
She also said that I reminded her of the characters And that is exactly what I learned from this book: It is about truly loving life and all that it means to 'live' it. It is the reason why I understand myself as a man who belongs on earth It is very long almost pages , so get ready for an epic.
I won't try to say it is great literature, though if the style fits the person who is reading it, it will certainly be an amazing read. It can be long-winded and wordy at times, but what philospher isn't? To the proposition that we all have inside of us the inherent values to be heros: View all 8 comments. Mar 09, David rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
The first false premise is that there are only a dozen or so people in the country who are worth a damn.
The second false premise is that every government employee is a lazy no-good who has nothing on his mind but pillaging the bank accounts of the lucky dozen. But beyond that, the government is inherently evil, to the point of passing laws that inflict major economic damage and suffering on virtually everyone in the country with the exception of the privileged government leaders.
This evil government is all-powerful and has total control over every newspaper, television and radio station. She has no concept that other governments have not tolerated the oppression that she found there. The third false premise is that the rest of the people of the U.
Further, they have no ability or process to provoke change. They wander around like a bunch of sheep being led to the slaughter. The country has a middle class composed of about 24 people who are the trusted, loyal assistants of the elite. When the elite disappear on strike , their trusted assistants are left behind to bear the misfortune of the rest of the poor slobs. These magic things were, of course, invented by the intelligent elite who use them to help wreak havoc and despair on the rest of the million people of the country in order to punish the evil government.
Dagny Taggart, the heroine and only intelligent woman in the universe, has sex with three of the elite. She dumps the only real relationship with Rearden in favor of the demi-god John Galt who she barely knows along the lines of a teenage girl throwing herself at one of the Beatles.
Her favorite encounters are sado-masochistic. They think the only path to change is to take their football and go home. You have to wonder how brilliant these people really are. The author spends great quantities of print describing and re-describing thoughts and feelings of the characters ad nauseum. The redundancy is overwhelming. This poor attempt at science fiction with a supposed moral message demonstrates how a page book can be padded to become a page behemoth. Elitists, libertarians and others paranoid about the government will undoubtedly enjoy this book.
Paramilitary groups will love it. View all 23 comments. Sep 28, Nandakishore Varma rated it did not like it Shelves: I read this book as a teenager while recovering from a long bout of viral fever which had left me bedridden for almost a month: I had exhausted all my other books and forced to rummage through old shelves in my house. Ironically, I read The Grapes of Wrath also at the same time.
My teenage mind was captivated by the "dangerous" ideas proposed by Ayn Rand. At that time, India was having an inefficient "mixed" economy comprising all the negative aspects of capitalism and socialism, and Ms. Rand I read this book as a teenager while recovering from a long bout of viral fever which had left me bedridden for almost a month: Rand seemed to point a way out of the quagmire.
Almost thirty years hence, I find the novel if it can be called that - Ayn Rand's idea of fiction is a bunch of pasteboard characters put there as her mouthpieces to be silly beyond imagination. The premise is laughable; the characters entirely forgettable; and the writing, abyssmal. The idea that governments governing the least and allowing a "winner-take-all" economy to flourish will solve all the world's woes "Social Darwinism", a word I've heard used to describe her philosophy will not wash anywhere today, I would wager - even with the hard-core adherents of the GOP in the USA.
Especially when we look at Europe, where capitalism has gone into a downward spiral. Rand, sorry to say, Atlas didn't shrug: View all 27 comments. Feb 23, Ian "Marvin" Graye rated it liked it. In this novel, she dramatizes the shortcomings of her unique Objectivist philosophy through an intellectual mystery story and magical mystery tour that intertwines sex, ethics, sex, metaphysics, sex, epistemology, sex, politics, "Shagged at Last The Sequel " Written while she was still alive, but published posthumously after her death in , "Shagged At Last" is the posthumous sequel to Ayn Rand's greatest achievement and last work of fiction, "Atlas Shrugged" not counting "Shagged At Last".
In this novel, she dramatizes the shortcomings of her unique Objectivist philosophy through an intellectual mystery story and magical mystery tour that intertwines sex, ethics, sex, metaphysics, sex, epistemology, sex, politics, sex, economics, sex, whatever and sex. Reconsidering her worldview, she concludes that, in order to be truly beneficial to society individuals, sex must not be just the fun bit between the serious parts, it requires serious love action between the private parts.
In this sequel which is the equal of the prequel to the sequel , Ayn Rand abandons Objectivism and embraces Sex Activism, without endorsing either Active Sexism or Subjectivism. No Safety Net, No Protection. Where Have All the Objectivists Gone? Set in the near-future [30 years after the time of writing in ] in a U. Spoiler If you want to know who the female protagonist has deep and meaningless sex with, read the book or open the following spoiler at your own peril to avoid disappointment, don't view the spoiler.
Anyway, read the book. The televisualisation of the hysterical perspective is currently subject to the formalisation of contractual relations with Manny and Jessica Rabbit. Apr 13, Monica MizMiz rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Any reader interested in philosophy or just a good story. Rand follows the lives of society's movers and shakers first-handers, in her words, and business men, scientists, inventors, and artists in her novel as they resist the societal pull to become second-handers and to remain true to themselves and their live's work. Meanwhile, something is happening that is shaking the very foundation of society.
Applying Rand's ideas t The Concept: Applying Rand's ideas to my own life has made my mind clearer and has helped me to acchieve goals I thought were unreachable. Rand's ideas have been a big part of "growing up" and getting through the "quarter life crisis" for me. While I read Rand's books for her ideas and to better understand the application of her philosophy, they can also be read on many different levels.
Through reading them, not only did I read an amazing story, carefully crafted and well rendered, but I also learned so much. However, one does not have to delve deep into Rand's philosophical background to enjoy The Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged -- they are also great stories about human endurance, individualism, freedom, relationships, and integrity.
The Fountainhead is a more straight forward place to start that study. I highly recommend this book, and I have a copy to loan if you're interested. When you're reading, we can go out for coffee to talk about the book -- there is much to think about in this one. View all 7 comments. May 30, Ken rated it did not like it Shelves: This book was the most overrated piece of crap of the twentieth century.
It spars only with Dianetics and in its absolute absurdity. The characters are absolutely idealized 'heroes of capitalism' action figures. I wonder if Rand imagined some of these great barons of industry coming to her rescue when she immigrated away from the vile pit of communism that she left behind.
You know, during the time where she forged her citizenship papers and depended on the generocity and kindness of a liberal, o This book was the most overrated piece of crap of the twentieth century. You know, during the time where she forged her citizenship papers and depended on the generocity and kindness of a liberal, open society. If only she had us all her irritating, long winded, repetative tales of woe for the monied class of brilliantly handsome, powerful super geniuses.
She bases all of this on her objectivist claptrap, claiming rationality as her own private high ground. But this is a general critique of her works. Specifically this book is completely overwritten and serves as flak cover for all the wrong people. The Jack Welch's and Phil Knights that imagine themselves to be the heroes of this book.
Atlas Shrugged is a novel by Ayn Rand. Rand's fourth and final novel, it was also her longest, and the one she considered to be her magnum opus in the . Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus: a philosophical.
This book has done more to create a generation of self interested greedy mindless zombies than any other book I can think of. View all 11 comments. If you're into sprawling, barely coherent I-are-mighty anti-Communist rants then this is for you. I suppose in our moments of weakness, we can look to Ayn Rand's philosophy to bring out our inner-super-humans. Except that really it's just a polarized response to Marx and Lenin whom I have found equally unpalatable. You want me to separate the aesthetic elements from the philosophy?
This book reads like an instruction manual for drawing right angles. View all 10 comments. Apr 05, Whitaker marked it as never-ever-to-read-ever. A Modest Proposal I'd give this book 10 stars, but it only gets five, because really, Ayn didn't have the courage of her convictions. The problem with Atlas Shrugged is that it doesn't go far enough. And so, to correct that, here's an addendum, a modest proposal to supplement Ayn's book. We're taxing the wrong people. Why are we taxing rich people more than poor people?
Rich people don't need government services.
If they want a hig A Modest Proposal I'd give this book 10 stars, but it only gets five, because really, Ayn didn't have the courage of her convictions. If they want a highway, they'll build it themselves. If they need electricity, they'll build a god damn dam. It's poor people that need the government to build these things for them. So, the tax structure should work this way: This will encourage those lazy bums at the bottom to slave for rich people. After all, it's by slaving away and working hard for them that they can eventually become rich too.
It's coddling them otherwise. Why this tax structure? It's logical isn't it? Ergo, the more money they have, the more jobs they will create. They are the Job Creators! Instead of taxing them we should be eternally thankful to them for even Existing.
Without them, we'd all be living in mud huts and eating each other to stay alive. Why, just their very presence in a country will mean that its inhabitants will get rich. How much should we pay? Obviously, the answer is to let the Market decide: And clearly this has to be done as often as the Rich People want to change their country of residence. After all, you can't expect them to just stay in one country all their life. That would be a Fetter on Market Forces!
Cypress giving them grief? Hell, don't go to the UK! We'll pay GBP1 trillion AND sweeten it with a line of grateful poor people lying down at the landing strip for them to walk over so that they don't soil their gold Gucci shoes on our unworthy soil. Well, nothing's too good for them. No point offering them money since they make more than what any country can offer anyway. See a law they don't like? Governments will change it for them. See laws that need to be put in place? Governments had damn well vote them in if they know what's good for them.
Oh, and that nonsense about power corrupting doesn't apply to Rich Job Creators. That Invisible Hand will come down and smack them upside down if they try anything funny. We don't need governments. Governments are for those rotten horrible poor people. They wouldn't dream of selling fraudulent financial instruments, or food that poisons you, or buildings that collapse, or lie about the value of their companies.
Nobody would buy their products if they did that you see. It's only when Big Brother Governments intervene that such things happen. It's only when Big Brother Governments that think they know better and force them to obey laws --booooooo! All hail Rich People! Without Them, life would be just shit. Civilisation Would Not Exist! Update 20 Jan You think this review is just kidding around? Fact is, we already live in an Atlas Shrugged world: In a world of 7 billion and more, 85 people 0.
Think about it, if YOU became that rich and that powerful, once you got there, why WOULDN'T you do everything you could to make sure the rest would stay there and not pose a threat to your wealth? Ayn Rand would be SO proud. May 06, Amy rated it it was amazing. After working on this book for several months, I finally finished it and loved it. I've learned that I rate a book highly when it forces me to think and broadens my perspective.
Rand definitely accomplishes this in Atlas Shrugged and earns five stars. I am amazed at the depth of her philosophy, her intelligence, and her ability to write and communicate her ideas through strong, entertaining fictional characters. In Atlas Shrugged, she shares her philosophy which she calls Objectivism, which in a After working on this book for several months, I finally finished it and loved it. In Atlas Shrugged, she shares her philosophy which she calls Objectivism, which in a word is a system of justice.
Before reading this book, I always viewed justice as cold, distant, and inferior to mercy, but Rand helps me view the essentiality and virtues of justice. In a few other words, Rand is an advocate of reason, logic, accountability, production, capitalism, agency, human ability, and she believes that working for one's happiness is essential and each person's personal responsilibity.
She is against pity, mediocrity, taxation, seizing wealth and production from those who produce to redistribute to those who are unwilling to work hard. In the story, she illustrates what would happen to the world if incentive to produce is removed from the intelligent and able - the motor of the world would stop. I love how Rand's character Dagny Taggart is such an example of intelligence and ability.
She will move heaven and earth to accomplish her purposes and she approaches life with such passion. She runs the leading transcontinental railroad in the country, and Rand created this character in the 's! Despite my love of the book, there were a few drawbacks for me. Rand believes that one's professional work, what he is able to produce, is THE purpose of life, definitely a "live to work" approach.
Also, I didn't find any thread of mercy in her philosophy, which makes me wonder her view on caring for those who cannot care for themselves. Rand also has a sexual theme that emerges several times in the book which I didn't know I was in for when I began the book.
Be forewarned that it's there, and she has a strong theory on sexuality that you'll be exposed to in reading the book. Reading Atlas Shrugged reminded and empowered me to work hard for what I want in life, to stop making excuses, and to hold myself accountable and responsible for what I do or don't acoomplish. Apr 24, Robb rated it did not like it. I guess I can't hate this book.
After reading The Fountainhead, I found myself crushing on Objectivism and Rand's brand of rugged self-reliance. Intrigued, I picked up Atlas. I've had my run-ins with the devout and the dogmatic fans of Rand and the big O and their reluctance to even nod towards the notion that saying A is A and that I guess I can't hate this book. I've had my run-ins with the devout and the dogmatic fans of Rand and the big O and their reluctance to even nod towards the notion that saying A is A and that Objective Reality is Real is so much wasted air surprises me.
It's turtles the whole way down, that's what I always say. The characters are awful, beyond cartoonish and they do nothing but mouth Rand's words. All the people that care about their fellow humans are evil. Any motive but self-interest is evil. All situations point to the inevitable and quick demise of any collectivist pursuit or charity. John Galt finally delivers a 50 page long radio speech to the entire country at the end and changes everyone's mind with his words about selfishness and we are led to believe that things begin to really look up after this.
This book was written when Roosevelt's actions during the Depression were recent memories and the ultra-wealthy well, at least by the standards of the time were all hot to further centralize wealth. They got what they wanted and everything sucks. View all 16 comments. Aug 12, Duane rated it really liked it Shelves: Who is John Galt? Actually, I think he may be alive and well, and residing in the US Senate this very minute.
I hate to accuse anyone directly, but I think he may even be from my own state. Metaphorically speaking of course, because he has many imitators around the world. When I read a book I usually try to seperate the writers personal views and opinions from the novel and read it for what it is, a work of fiction. That's hard to do with Ayn Rand, especially this book, because she hammers you with them in every paragraph.
The 99 percenters are trying to feed off the genius and success of the 1 percenters". I didn't like the agenda put forth in this book, but I gave it 4 stars because when it comes to putting pen to paper, Ayn Rand could write. She just didn't write what I want to hear. I also gave it 4 stars because it's important for us to pay attention. This book has had, and still does have, a huge influence on millions of people.
When Modern Library selected their best novels of the 20th century Atlas Shrugged wasn't on the list, but they also allowed readers to vote and select their favorite novel. Atlas Shrugged was number one. That might have given us a little hint why someone like Trump could be elected president. View all 14 comments. Rant from ages past uff.. After having plodded through more than pages I couldn't go on reading it any more.
Ayn Rand sees everything in black and white. The message of the book seems to be that any character who doesn't completely agree with her point of view doesn't deserve to be alive. Except a handful of Ayn Rand-ish characters, no one is worth a damn. And all she does is preach her extremist philosophy throughout the book.
Once a character starts talking he would ramble on for Rant from ages past uff.. Once a character starts talking he would ramble on for pages and pages making the same point. Can't she spew out her fundae in a subtle manner or does she believe that we readers being normal people i. In the idiotic Ayn Rand's pugnacious and polemical novel Atlas Shrugged , a book "nearly perfect in its immorality", according to Gore Vidal, the verb to give is forbidden. Her work is about self-centeredness, plain and simple, a song to the snatch, the shove, and the grab.
In her earlier novel The Fountainhead , her character Dominique Francon would much prefer passively to sit by and watch every last one of architect Howard Roark's buildings explode rather than see their balconies hung with diapers.