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It's Date Night For Capitalists: 'Atlas Shrugged' Opens Friday
IBD Editorials ^ | April 12, 2011 | RALPH R. REILAND

Posted on 04/12/2011 4:56:36 PM PDT by Kaslin

Individualists and money grubbers of the world, unite; you have nothing to lose but your servility and confiscatory tax rates.

After all these increasingly collectivized decades, "Atlas Shrugged, Part I" the movie, is finally coming to town. It opens nationwide, appropriately, this Friday — Tax Day. Check your local listings for the time and place.

"Atlas Shrugged," Ayn Rand's legendary novel, was published in 1957. Instead of focusing on the old tale of victimized workers and greedy owners, the story turns the tables and shows what happens to the world when the innovators and producers go on strike, when the capitalists and owners turn out the lights and disappear.

The question has been asked on billboards, T-shirts and bumper stickers for half a century: "Who is John Galt?" In "Atlas Shrugged," he's the man who initiates and leads the strike of the producers.

"There is only one kind of men who have never been on strike in human history," states Galt in the novel. "Every other kind and class have stopped, when they so wished, and have presented demands to the world, claiming to be indispensable — except the men who have carried the world on their shoulders, have kept it alive, have endured torture as sole payment, but have never walked out on the human race.

"Well, their turn has come. Let the world discover who they are, what they do and what happens when they refuse to function. This is the strike of the men of the mind."

The shrugging comes when men of achievement refuse to accept their unearned guilt, refuse to have their strengths and accomplishments turned into weaknesses and sins.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
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1 posted on 04/12/2011 4:56:38 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: ADemocratNoMore; Aggie Mama; alarm rider; alexander_busek; AlligatorEyes; AmericanGirlRising; ...

This is not a review of the movie, but an exhortation to see it. I would have been happier if IBD did an actual review.


2 posted on 04/12/2011 5:02:17 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Publius

How many days does Part I last?

I began reading Atlas Shrugged in 1997. I only have 500 pages to go.


3 posted on 04/12/2011 5:05:09 PM PDT by y6162
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To: y6162
The following will help you understand the book.

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

4 posted on 04/12/2011 5:06:32 PM PDT by Publius
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To: y6162

You have to chain-smoke cigarettes to fall in sync with the author. Then it only takes you a couple of days to read! ;)


5 posted on 04/12/2011 5:07:34 PM PDT by 3boysdad (Rights of Man)
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To: y6162

I will probably see the movie and I enjoyed (parts) of the book, but I really enjoyed Whittaker Chambers’ review, including this gem, “From almost any page of Atlas Shrugged, a voice can be heard, from painful necessity, commanding: ‘To a gas chamber — go!’”


6 posted on 04/12/2011 5:11:30 PM PDT by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: y6162
How many days does Part I last?


7 posted on 04/12/2011 5:12:48 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Obamacare: Not just dreck. Unconstitutional dreck.)
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To: Kaslin; Publius; All
We are on strike against the dogma that the pursuit of one's happiness is evil.

Thanks for posting. HOORAY Ralph R. Reiland!...and thanks for your OUTSTANDING work, Publius.

Life, liberty and the pursuit and destruction of totalitarians.

8 posted on 04/12/2011 5:35:17 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Kaslin

The Harry potter of economics.


9 posted on 04/12/2011 5:36:08 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (You is what you am.)
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To: Martin Tell

As a former hard-line loyalist spy for the CP, when Stalin’s mass murders were at their height, Chambers should know a lot about gas chambers.


10 posted on 04/12/2011 5:42:13 PM PDT by Captain Kirk
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To: Martin Tell
I will probably see the movie and I enjoyed (parts) of the book, but I really enjoyed Whittaker Chambers’ review, including this gem, “From almost any page of Atlas Shrugged, a voice can be heard, from painful necessity, commanding: ‘To a gas chamber — go!’”

Whittaker Chambers was mad because Ayn Rand disliked religion and was an atheist.

That comment is really unfair and just represents Mr. Chambers being pissed off.

11 posted on 04/12/2011 5:43:39 PM PDT by Stepan12 (Palin & Bolton in 2012)
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To: PGalt

You’re very welcome


12 posted on 04/12/2011 5:43:49 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
I coming from hastings to lincoln and going to finish the red white day with a 4:45 atlas shrugged what a great day
13 posted on 04/12/2011 5:47:30 PM PDT by jim from nebraska
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To: Stepan12
I agree that Chambers' main beef with Rand probably was her atheism.

From her writings, she does strike me as a complete materialist. In many ways she is a product of early Soviet times.

14 posted on 04/12/2011 5:52:58 PM PDT by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: Kaslin

Rand always had a Hollywood view of America. It’s the Hank Hill types, not the Hank Reardens, who made this country great.


15 posted on 04/12/2011 6:04:14 PM PDT by Dumb_Ox
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To: Kaslin

sounds like a good movie.


16 posted on 04/12/2011 6:21:32 PM PDT by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: y6162

I began reading Atlas Shrugged in 1997. I only have 500 pages to go.
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You have my permission to skip part3 ch#7 ...


17 posted on 04/12/2011 6:30:39 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Kaslin

Find your theatre...

http://www.atlasshruggedpart1.com/theaters


18 posted on 04/12/2011 6:42:37 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Martin Tell

I posted this on a similar thread the other night...it is interesting for me, because two of the most influential books in my life are “Atlas Shrugged” and “Witness” (followed closely by “The Road to Serfdom”) I have been aware of Whittaker Chambers scathing review of “Atlas Shrugged”, and I find the irony fascinating because it is 100% obvious to me that both Whittaker Chambers and Ayn Rand attack the same thing, just from different directions.

I know that sounds like a real contradiction, given that Whitaker Chambers was a devoutly religious man and Ayn Rand was the complete and polar opposite in that respect.

But I think that one can make the argument that in both cases, the enemy is liberalism. In Whittaker Chambers book “Witness” his enemy is, ironically enough, atheism as expressed by communism. (Man substituting himself for God…)

In Ayn Rand’s book “Atlas Shrugged”, her enemy is clearly the overarching and statist government, or, at a more fundamental level, the idea that the fruits of a man’s labor do not accrue to him.

In either case, I think that Ayn Rand would be able to view the situation that Whittaker Chambers writes about and see the very reflection of her issue, and vice versa for Whittaker Chambers.

Fascinating stuff, but now more than ever, it is more than just food for thought. In both of these cases, our very future now depends on us understanding these threats and coming to grips with them.


19 posted on 04/12/2011 7:07:52 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: Neidermeyer

LOL...too funny!

But true...:)


20 posted on 04/12/2011 7:08:36 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: y6162
How many days does Part I last?

I began reading Atlas Shrugged in 1997. I only have 500 pages to go.

You're gonna need to get crackin' to finish it before the 15th.

I always make myself read the book (where applicable) before seeing the film. In this case, I've read the book and oddly have very little desire to see the film. Not sure why.

21 posted on 04/12/2011 8:00:52 PM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: rlmorel

Good and thoughtful post. Thanks.


22 posted on 04/12/2011 8:01:41 PM PDT by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: Kaslin

Actually, I find Rand’s writing toxic. It has medicinal uses, admittedly, particularly in curing youthful tendencies toward statism and collectivism, but like most medicines, in most contexts, it’s toxic.


23 posted on 04/12/2011 8:24:33 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: rlmorel; Martin Tell
But I think that one can make the argument that in both cases, the enemy is liberalism.

Whittaker Chambers' says in his review:

Since a great many of us dislike much that Miss Rand dislikes, quite as heartily as she does, many incline to take her at her word.

24 posted on 04/12/2011 10:11:59 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: The_Reader_David
Actually, I find Rand’s writing toxic. It has medicinal uses, admittedly, particularly in curing youthful tendencies toward statism and collectivism, but like most medicines, in most contexts, it’s toxic.

Whittaker Chambers described it thus:

But it should be its own antidote, warning us that anything it shouts is best taken with the usual reservations with which we might sip a patent medicine. Some may like the flavor. In any case, the brew is probably without lasting ill effects. But it is not a cure for anything. Nor would we, ordinarily, place much confidence in the diagnosis of a doctor who supposes that the Hippocratic Oath is a kind of curse.

25 posted on 04/12/2011 10:15:07 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Dumb_Ox

“Rand always had a Hollywood view of America. It’s the Hank Hill types, not the Hank Reardens, who made this country great.”

Which only makes sense since her first job in America was as a Hollywood screen writer. Moreover, she met her husband Frank O’Connor (to whom Atlas Shrugged is dedicated) on the movie set of King of Kings, where she was cast by Cecil B. DeMille as an extra.


26 posted on 04/13/2011 3:23:27 AM PDT by DrC
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To: Kaslin

The author appears to be unaware that the movie is only the first of 3 parts since the quotation he provides from Galt’s speech presumably won’t show up until Part III. All the quotes cited appear to be straight from the book as opposed to anything said on screen etc. My guess is that unlike P.J. O’Rourke—who I presume was given a copy of the DVD for the express purpose of writing a review—this writer has not yet seen the film, so is just as much in the dark as the rest of us as to its true scope and quality.


27 posted on 04/13/2011 3:26:53 AM PDT by DrC
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To: mountainbunny

“In this case, I’ve read the book and oddly have very little desire to see the film. Not sure why. “

Me neither. I think its going to be too long to sit through.


28 posted on 04/13/2011 3:40:55 AM PDT by y6162
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To: Kaslin
Mike Wallace interview of Ayn Rand Part 1

Mike Wallace interview of Ayn Rand Part 2

Mike Wallace interview of Ayn Rand Part 3

29 posted on 04/13/2011 6:25:10 AM PDT by cowboyway (Molon labe : Deo Vindice : "Rebellion is always an option!!"--Jim Robinson)
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To: Kaslin

“My morality, the morality of reason, is contained in a single axiom: existence exists – and in a single choice: to live. The rest proceeds from these. To live, man must hold three things as the supreme and ruling values of his life: Reason – Purpose – Self-Esteem. Reason, as his only tool of knowledge – Purpose, as his choice of the happiness which that tool must proceed to achieve – Self-Esteem, as his inviolate certainty that his mind is competent to think and his person is worthy of happiness, which means: is worthy of living.” (3.7.1.171)


30 posted on 04/13/2011 6:32:07 AM PDT by Skeez (O)
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To: y6162
I began reading Atlas Shrugged in 1997. I only have 500 pages to go.

Reminds me of a gag on the old Addams Family TV show: Morticia was mad at Gomez for some reason, and as she stalked off to bed, announcing that she was planning to finish reading War and Peace.

So Gomez asked her, "What page are you on?"

Morticia answered, "Twelve!"

I didn't get it, then. A bit too young, yet.

31 posted on 04/13/2011 8:38:07 AM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: Gondring

LOL...now THAT I like!


32 posted on 04/13/2011 7:58:22 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: y6162

I’ve thought some more about it.

I think part of my reticence is because I have the book in my head, and have a feeling that it plays best up there, vs on the big screen. The other books on my “favorites” list which have been made into movies have usually suffered the same fate.

Whether I like it or not, I hope and pray that it is a success. The message is one that people who can’t or won’t read the book need to see and hear.


33 posted on 04/14/2011 1:30:17 AM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: mountainbunny

Inside your head must be an interesting place to be.

Do you serve popcorn?


34 posted on 04/14/2011 4:32:27 AM PDT by y6162
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To: y6162
Inside your head must be an interesting place to be.

It echoes nicely in there. Watch out for the cobwebs, though.

Do you serve popcorn?

::laughing:: I am a connoisseur of all things popcorn.

Black Jewell popcorn with melted butter, sprinkled with finely ground sea salt. Popped in a Catamount borosilicate popper.

We have a friend from Illinois whose family grows corn for a living. She once showed me how to make the best popcorn. The only change I made was in the popper. Everything else is from her directions.

35 posted on 04/15/2011 4:16:24 PM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: mountainbunny

“::laughing:: I am a connoisseur of all things popcorn.”

I’m impressed. I buy bags of dried seeds and pop in a microwave


36 posted on 04/16/2011 8:06:41 AM PDT by y6162
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To: cowboyway; Envisioning; ixtl

Good replies from Ayn Rand...

I figured ole Mike Wallace has been a dick his whole life...


37 posted on 04/16/2011 3:15:09 PM PDT by waterhill (Little 'r' republican: taker of the Founder's 'Red Pill'...www.mikechurch.com)
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