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Lessons from John Galt
BigGovernment.com ^ | Dan Freeman

Posted on 12/29/2009 5:30:57 AM PST by reaganrevolutionin2010

Recent headlines seem lifted directly out of an Ayn Rand novel. President Obama decries the “fat cat bankers on Wall Street”. Harry Reid attacks insurance companies for making too much profit. House Democrat leaders call Tea Partiers “Racist, Nazi, Gun Nuts”. How about this nauseating statement made by Army General George Casey after the Muslim terrorist attack on Ft. Hood?

"As great a tragedy as this was, it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well"

Each of these headlines might well have been uttered by an Ayn Rand character.

(snip)

An epic demonstration of the inverted morality that Rand described was on display in Copenhagen last week as the world’s worst most evil dictators—Mugabe and Chavez—partnered with the world’s most visible and misguided progressives—Al Gore , Gordon Brown, Barack Obama—in an orgy of depravity.

(Excerpt) Read more at biggovernment.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society
KEYWORDS: aynrand; johngalt; lessons
This sentence sums up America today, FTA:

"Virtue is to be apologized for. Depravity commands respect. Success is cast as evil and punished while failure is blamed on others and rewarded."

1 posted on 12/29/2009 5:30:59 AM PST by reaganrevolutionin2010
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To: reaganrevolutionin2010

Yes, the world has been turned upside down by the scum of the earth - the American Left.


2 posted on 12/29/2009 5:40:58 AM PST by Ronbo1948
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To: reaganrevolutionin2010

Collectivism is to be embraced.

Individuality is to be scorned.


3 posted on 12/29/2009 5:44:20 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: reaganrevolutionin2010

Thank you for my new tagline.


4 posted on 12/29/2009 5:46:12 AM PST by ctdonath2 (Virtue is to be apologized for. Depravity commands respect. - Galt)
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To: reaganrevolutionin2010

5 posted on 12/29/2009 5:52:53 AM PST by HangnJudge
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To: ctdonath2

That’s great!


6 posted on 12/29/2009 5:53:44 AM PST by reaganrevolutionin2010
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To: reaganrevolutionin2010

A prophet is simply one who clearly sees and then warns about the INEVITABLE result of certain conditions.

Ayn Rand was a prophet.

“Atlas Shrugged” describes current American society almost perfectly and prospects for our future are chilling.

WHERE is John Galt, indeed.


7 posted on 12/29/2009 5:58:44 AM PST by Walrus (My congressman is toast in 2010 --- how about yours?)
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To: HangnJudge


8 posted on 12/29/2009 6:06:29 AM PST by reaganrevolutionin2010
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To: reaganrevolutionin2010

AS was meant to be a warning, not an instruction manual


9 posted on 12/29/2009 6:08:57 AM PST by henry_reardon
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To: reaganrevolutionin2010
I wonder how many people here on FR have actually read Atlas Shrugs? I know we all "talk" about it ... but how many have lifted it to their lap then opened the book and turned all the pages? (I'll bet not many). This is a great read to put into your iPod reader, Kindle, whatever. If you haven't read A.S. you only "think" you know what's going on. Read it and you'll see it happening. Like Alynski's book, it is a classic ...only its a classic for Tea Bag-type people (like me). Once you read it, you'll see the characters from "years ago" come to life on your tv screens. You'll be able to "categorize" the lunatics around you and predict their next move with ease. Pretty amazing book. I read it once a year. It is a great gift, I still vividly remember the person who handed the book to me as a gift 25 years ago. I've got the big "bound" volume and have written the date into the fly each time I've read it. If you have not read it, get it on your "book bucket list."
The Patriot's Flag
10 posted on 12/29/2009 6:24:39 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

Count me as one, cover to cover. I would rank it as one of the most influential books in my life. I strongly recommend it to any Freeper who can muster the stamina for the length and depth to which AR plumbs. There is wisdom and future warnings in these pages...


11 posted on 12/29/2009 7:19:01 AM PST by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

I did read it. Overall, I enjoyed it. I thought the writing was at times overwrought. But long speech that was, for me, the core and essence of the book, excited me to no end. Would that a politician would espoused those ideas of free market. I do need to read it again.


12 posted on 12/29/2009 10:13:33 AM PST by RoadGumby (For God so loved the world)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag
FReeper Book Club: Introduction to Atlas Shrugged
Part I, Chapter I: The Theme
Part I, Chapter II: The Chain
Part I, Chapter III: The Top and the Bottom
Part I, Chapter IV: The Immovable Movers
Part I, Chapter V: The Climax of the d’Anconias
Part I, Chapter VI: The Non-Commercial
Part I, Chapter VII: The Exploiters and the Exploited
Part I, Chapter VIII: The John Galt Line
Part I, Chapter IX: The Sacred and the Profane
Part I, Chapter X: Wyatt’s Torch
Part II, Chapter I: The Man Who Belonged on Earth
Part II, Chapter II: The Aristocracy of Pull
Part II, Chapter III: White Blackmail
Part II, Chapter IV: The Sanction of the Victim
Part II, Chapter V: Account Overdrawn
Part II, Chapter VI: Miracle Metal
Part II, Chapter VII: The Moratorium on Brains
Part II, Chapter VIII: By Our Love
Part II, Chapter IX: The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt
Part II, Chapter X: The Sign of the Dollar
Part III, Chapter I: Atlantis
Part III, Chapter II: The Utopia of Greed
Part III, Chapter III: Anti-Greed
Part III, Chapter IV: Anti-Life
Part III, Chapter V: Their Brothers’ Keepers
Part III, Chapter VI: The Concerto of Deliverance
Part III, Chapter VII: “This is John Galt Speaking”
Part III, Chapter VIII: The Egoist
Part III, Chapter IX: The Generator
Part III, Chapter X: In the Name of the Best Within Us
Coda: Ten Years After
Afterword and Suggested Reading
13 posted on 12/29/2009 11:25:33 AM PST by Publius (Do you want the people who run Amtrak to take out your appendix?)
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To: ADemocratNoMore; Aggie Mama; alarm rider; alexander_busek; AlligatorEyes; AmericanGirlRising; ...

This is out of Andrew Breitbart’s shop, and it’s pretty good.


14 posted on 12/29/2009 4:48:02 PM PST by Publius (Do you want the people who run Amtrak to take out your appendix?)
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To: Publius

bump


15 posted on 12/29/2009 4:50:27 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

I read it...in my late 20’s.....It did open my eyes....but, reading it once was enough....


16 posted on 12/29/2009 4:51:55 PM PST by goodnesswins (Become a Precinct Committee Person/Officer....in the GOP...or do NOT complain.)
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To: Publius

This article looks familiar. heh


17 posted on 12/29/2009 4:55:02 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

I don’t reread it every year, but like you, I think it needs to be reread every few years, just to remind. So, I do. I’ve been saying we’re living in “Atlas Shrugged” for more than a year. In the interim, I read other of Rand’s books. May I suggest “The Return of the Primitive”? It’s not fiction, but if you want prescient, she nailed multiculturalism and its impact dead to rights.


18 posted on 12/29/2009 5:07:21 PM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag; Publius
I wonder how many people here on FR have actually read Atlas Shrugs?

Quite a few, right here on FR! In fact, not that long ago, there was quite a discussion thread going on, "The Atlas Shrugged Book Club," by Publius. It was a wonderful "cliffs-notes" version with great discussions on every chapter. Wow, I can't believe that it dates back to January, 2009! Publius, thanks again for a wonderful thread!

Mark

19 posted on 12/29/2009 5:09:14 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Publius

Thanks for the ping! A.S. is AGAIN on my winter reading list. (I’ve read it three times since High School when my Dad recommended I read it.

If anything can keep me agitated, worked up and warm in a Wisconsin Winter, it’s Rand. ;)


20 posted on 12/29/2009 5:16:51 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: MarkL

I read AS the second time during the weekly book club thread.


21 posted on 12/29/2009 5:17:26 PM PST by MtnClimber (Bernard Madoff's ponzi scheme looks remarkably similar to the way Social Security works)
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To: Publius
Thanx again !
22 posted on 12/29/2009 5:21:06 PM PST by steelyourfaith (Freedom from fat cat greedy Big Government tyranny IS a Right ... It IS the Constitution.)
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To: Publius
Thanx again !
23 posted on 12/29/2009 5:21:09 PM PST by steelyourfaith (Freedom from fat cat greedy Big Government tyranny IS a Right ... It IS the Constitution.)
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To: reaganrevolutionin2010
That idiotic remark by Casey was particularly hard to take. I guess he's what we get for allowing 30+ years of the teaching of PC and sensitivity training at the military academies.
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Political Correctness:

”A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

By spreading this definition around, perhaps we can employ one of the more effective methods of deflating and defeating the fools who practice and promote it: RIDICULE.

Unless stopped – and soon – PC will DESTROY Western Civilization -- if it hasn’t already.

PASS IT ON!!

THEN PASS THE KOOL AID!!


24 posted on 12/29/2009 5:29:28 PM PST by Dick Bachert (THE 2010 ELECTIONS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT IN OUR LIFETIMES! BE THERE!!!)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

Read it AND “The Fountainhead.”

And does anyone here know the status of the film allegedly in production of “Atlas Shrugged?” I recall that about 10 or so years ago, it was widely reported that one of the networks — CBS I think — was in production when it was halted lest we proles get uppity ideas and make trouble.

And if you’ve never been exposed to Taylor Caldwell’s work, she’s another female writer who explored the working of the elitist establishment’s war on freedom, here’s a Reader’s Digest sampling:

“First we shall take eastern Europe, then the masses of Asia. Then we shall take that last bastion of capitalism, the United States. We won’t have to attack. It will fall like an over-ripe fruit into our hands.” V. Lenin
“When we go to hang the last capitalists, they will compete to sell us the rope.”
V. Lenin

STARRING KARL MARX and BARACK OBAMA!
(Ohh, that was redundant!)
MIDDLE CLASS MUST NOT FAIL, PART 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmgwCmBmyKU

MIDDLE CLASS MUST NOT FAIL, PART 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0JLFHQiMs4


25 posted on 12/29/2009 5:37:33 PM PST by Dick Bachert
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To: Dick Bachert
Have you read The Devil's Advocate by Taylor Caldwell?
26 posted on 12/29/2009 6:03:09 PM PST by Publius (Do you want the people who run Amtrak to take out your appendix?)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag
Anyone who has read it knows the title is Atlas Shrugged.
27 posted on 12/29/2009 6:29:21 PM PST by Misterioso (Common sense is a simple and non-self-conscious use of logic. -- Ayn Rand)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

I have read it more than once. The first time I was in my early thirties. It completely changed my life.

My husband and I just recently listened to “Fountainhead” on CD while on a car trip. ( We had both read the book in our thirties.)

I also recommend “We the Living”.


28 posted on 12/29/2009 6:50:46 PM PST by wintertime
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To: Publius

galt bump


29 posted on 12/29/2009 7:52:57 PM PST by Taffini ( Mr. Pippen and Mr. Waffles do not approve)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag
Count me as one and several friends along with it as well. We did it together...took us 2 years to get through it all, but the amazing talking points and stops along the way were well worth the discussions.

There is also a large group here on FR that read it together and dissected each chapter, right here on FR this past year.

30 posted on 12/30/2009 4:03:11 AM PST by EBH (it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government)
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To: wintertime

I was listening to “The Fountainhead” during a long trip with my husband who had not been following the story. He came into it when Roark and Gayle were getting close. Finally after Gayle offers to run a bathe for Roark my husband looked at me and seriously asked if this was about a couple of fags.


31 posted on 12/30/2009 4:57:46 AM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: wintertime
“My husband and I just recently listened to “Fountainhead” on CD “

Watch the movie - best one of Gary Coopers - and Patricia Neal and Raymond Massie.

Spells out what the MSM has long been

32 posted on 12/30/2009 3:03:19 PM PST by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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To: wintertime

You should round out the set with a reading of my favorite of the four... Anthem.

My mom gave me Fountainhead when I started architecture school because she thought it was about architects. Changed my life.

Anthem is a short read. I used to read it when I was stuck on a design project. Chapter XI never fails to send shivers down my spine... or a thrill up my leg... so hard to keep up with the latest phrases.


33 posted on 12/30/2009 4:03:12 PM PST by r-q-tek86 (It isn't settled because it isn't science)
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To: r-q-tek86

I should try reading Anthem again. I last read it as a teen many decades ago.


34 posted on 12/30/2009 5:58:47 PM PST by wintertime
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To: reaganrevolutionin2010
"Virtue is to be apologized for. Depravity commands respect. Success is cast as evil and punished while failure is blamed on others and rewarded."

I'm taking a tag too...

35 posted on 12/30/2009 6:04:55 PM PST by GOPJ (Success is cast as evil and punished while failure is blamed on others and rewarded.-Rand)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

Cover to cover. I’ve never been so angry reading a book in my life. Required reading for my kids. My spouse won’t read it because all she needs to know she learned in liberal arts colleges. My grandma used to say,”If you make your bed, you have to lie in it.”. Smart woman. At least my oldest boy ribs her about NPR. A lib with her brain exploding is not a pretty thing.


36 posted on 12/30/2009 10:13:27 PM PST by ebshumidors (vet, rifleman, 'nuff said.)
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