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Statism is turning America into Detroit Ayn Rand's Starnesville come to life
UK Telegraph ^ | 7/21/13 | Daniel Hannan

Posted on 07/21/2013 5:41:57 PM PDT by HokieMom

Look at this description of Detroit from today’s Observer:

What isn’t dumped is stolen. Factories and homes have largely been stripped of anything of value, so thieves now target cars’ catalytic converters. Illiteracy runs at around 47%; half the adults in some areas are unemployed. In many neighbourhoods, the only sign of activity is a slow trudge to the liquor store.

Now have a look at the uncannily prophetic description of Starnesville, a Mid-Western town in Ayn Rand’s dystopian novel, Atlas Shrugged. Starnesville had been home to the great Twentieth Century Motor Company, but declined as a result of socialism:

A few houses still stood within the skeleton of what had once been an industrial town. Everything that could move, had moved away; but some human beings had remained. The empty structures were vertical rubble; they had been eaten, not by time, but by men: boards torn out at random, missing patches of roofs, holes left in gutted cellars. It looked as if blind hands had seized whatever fitted the need of the moment, with no concept of remaining in existence the next morning. The inhabited houses were scattered at random among the ruins; the smoke of their chimneys was the only movement visible in town. A shell of concrete, which had been a schoolhouse, stood on the outskirts; it looked like a skull, with the empty sockets of glassless windows, with a few strands of hair still clinging to it, in the shape of broken wires.

Beyond the town, on a distant hill, stood the factory of the Twentieth Century Motor Company. Its walls, roof lines and smokestacks looked trim, impregnable like a fortress. It would have seemed intact but for a silver water tank: the water tank was tipped sidewise.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: atlasshrugged; aynrand; chapter9; detroit; michigan; rosemaryaquillina

1 posted on 07/21/2013 5:41:57 PM PDT by HokieMom
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2 posted on 07/21/2013 5:42:52 PM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: ADemocratNoMore; Aggie Mama; alarm rider; alexander_busek; AlligatorEyes; AmericanGirlRising; ...

Atlas ping. An article from the always perspicacious Daniel Hannan.


3 posted on 07/21/2013 5:44:29 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Publius

I cannot tell you how much this both depresses and frightens me to see things like “1984” and “Atlas Shrugged” becoming reality in front of my eyes in my lifetime.


4 posted on 07/21/2013 5:52:41 PM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: HokieMom

The only thing she missed was the copper wire thieves.


5 posted on 07/21/2013 5:53:15 PM PDT by omega4412
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To: omega4412

In the book, thieves actually steal parts of the road into Starnesville.


6 posted on 07/21/2013 5:54:39 PM PDT by Publius
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To: HokieMom

excellent post


7 posted on 07/21/2013 5:55:00 PM PDT by expat2
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To: HokieMom

The only reason for me to return to Detroit, the vibrant city where I grew up during the 1940s-50s is for funerals of friends and relatives. Here are some before/after images of my high school which is now only an empty field of weeds...

https://www.google.com/search?q=mackenzie+high+school+detroit&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=JYXsUcWkH4GA9gT93oFo&ved=0CDoQsAQ&biw=1163&bih=593


8 posted on 07/21/2013 6:06:17 PM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us about 0bama's America)
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To: shove_it

Mackenzie is where I took drivers training.


9 posted on 07/21/2013 6:13:57 PM PDT by fudimo
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To: rlmorel

Agree. And enough people still don’t seem to be waking up. They just want more of the same.


10 posted on 07/21/2013 6:16:10 PM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: shove_it

Heartbreaking.


11 posted on 07/21/2013 6:17:10 PM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: HokieMom

Haven’t been to Detroit in 5 years or so - even then when I flew in at night to visit a supplier the next morning it struck me that there were few if any lights in the downtown area, all the lights were in the suburbs.


12 posted on 07/21/2013 6:24:30 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: HokieMom; rlmorel

Detroit is still on the cutting edge. Soon all the great American industrial cities controlled by corrupt “looter” politicians will follow Detroit into ruin and bankruptcy. It’s been said right here many times: “long ago Orwell and Rand warned us about 0bama’s America”.


13 posted on 07/21/2013 6:28:38 PM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us about 0bama's America)
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To: HokieMom

A couple of weeks ago I took a drive down Grand River Avenue (in Detroit). Ayn Rand’s description fits exactly.


14 posted on 07/21/2013 6:31:31 PM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the far North)
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To: HokieMom

All the great nations have been destroyed by their leaders, kings and politicians. The people never have risen to destroy their own country(?) - can’t think of one.


15 posted on 07/21/2013 6:35:17 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: HokieMom

Then too, the Bronx in NYC where Carter visited during his presidential bid and said something to the effect that we’ll clean this up or something.http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=destroyed+bronx&qpvt=destroyed+bronx&FORM=IGRE


16 posted on 07/21/2013 6:39:11 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: HokieMom

This picture should go viral on the web!

Obama’s America! would be a great title.


17 posted on 07/21/2013 6:39:35 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: HokieMom
forgot all about Starnesville.

Anyway, isn't the term "dystopia" getting a little overused? Never heard Atlas Shrugged referred to as a "dystopia" til now.

18 posted on 07/21/2013 6:47:35 PM PDT by farsny
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To: HokieMom

Will all the idiots who voted for this put the blame where it belongs?


19 posted on 07/21/2013 7:15:19 PM PDT by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: HokieMom
Always look for the Union label...

Socialisms muscle has flexed in Detroit.

20 posted on 07/21/2013 7:19:02 PM PDT by R0CK3T
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To: HokieMom

The Detroit suburbs who are doing well could start annexing parts of Detroit, at least the uninhabited ones.


21 posted on 07/21/2013 7:28:48 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: HokieMom
Even with it flaws, Ayn Rand's prescription of Objectivisim isn't what scares the left. What frightens them deep inside was her perfect diagnose of their philosophies unavoidable crony capitalism, government corruption, crocked unions, yellow journalist and most of all...self absorbed/anti-human ”intellectuals”.

She saw through them.

22 posted on 07/21/2013 7:32:07 PM PDT by Red Dog #1
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To: HokieMom

I always found the Starnsville chapter to be frightening.
For example, when the older woman needed an operation but was murdered so that ration of health care could be given to someone else. Death panels anyone?


23 posted on 07/21/2013 7:58:07 PM PDT by Finatic (I ran out of change and have given up on hope. FUBO, I am so sick of your sorry a$$ you effin punk)
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To: Publius

Thanks for the ping, to read in the A.M.


24 posted on 07/21/2013 8:12:19 PM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (I will not comply.)
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To: HokieMom

The liberal rush to the lowest common denominator - it’s already eating the substance of other American cities governed by democrats.


25 posted on 07/21/2013 9:09:42 PM PDT by Iron Munro (They Old. That's Old School People. We In A New School, Our Generation)
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To: HokieMom

You can’t fix stupid.


26 posted on 07/22/2013 1:52:12 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: Finatic

It’s one of the most frightening - and prophetic - chapters in the book. And then when they go searching for Starnes’ daughter and find her and Dagny thinks to herself, “Remember this woman’s face. This is the face of evil,” as she was nattering on about her failed utopia. That was one of the chapters that made me start cutting “friends” who espouse this crap out of my life. If they believe in socialism, they are evil. Bottom line.


27 posted on 07/23/2013 5:52:52 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: omega4412
"The only thing she missed was the copper wire thieves."

In the book a copper producing industrialist creates a severe shortage of copper after he blows up the assets of his own company. Lots of copper goes missing in the book!

28 posted on 07/30/2013 10:44:56 AM PDT by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!t happened world wide.)
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