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Dagny Taggart Goes to War ^ | October 15, 2012 | Katie Kieffer

Posted on 10/15/2012 3:58:45 AM PDT by Kaslin

Dagny Taggart is not just the entrepreneurial heroine of Ayn Rand’s magnum opus novel, Atlas Shrugged. She is the inspiration of real women everywhere who are taking up her shield and fighting her battle for freedom using the weapons of entrepreneurship, education and free speech.

The media continually talks about the “war on women.” What the media never admits is that the government is waging a war against women through unjust force.

The government’s “weapons” include: domestic drones that violate women’s private property rights; unconstitutional taxes and regulations that make it nearly impossible for women to achieve their dreams; healthcare legislation that forces women to overpay for subpar healthcare and the Federal Reserve’s unconstitutional monetary policies that inflate women’s money.

Weapon of entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is currently endangered in America. Hudson Institute Economist Tim Kane published a report this month showing that the number of new startups has dropped to record lows due to taxes and regulations. To work for oneself is to be quintessentially free. Therefore, a society that is free must encourage entrepreneurs.

In the book, Dagny holds a press conference to announce the opening of her new line on the Taggart Transcontinental, the John Galt Line. A reporter asks her: “Do you want us to quote all the things you said?” Dagny responds: ‘“I hope I may trust you to be sure and quote them. Would you oblige me by taking this down verbatim?” She paused to see their pencils ready, then dictated: “Miss Taggart says—quote—I expect to make a pile of money on the John Galt Line. I will have earned it. Close quote. Thank you so much.”’

Do you think Dagny would let the media’s obsession with a fake war on women get her down? No way. She would shine light on the true war on women—the unconstitutional government mandates that squeeze entrepreneurs out of business.

Despite frustration and physical exhaustion, Dagny persists in running a profitable business. By working hard to earn her living, she benefits society without trying. She rapidly transports freight, employs men, and provides efficient, safe and comfortable transportation to travelers who would otherwise drive covered wagons.

If you are a woman, I hope that Dagny empowers you to take steps on local and national levels to fight for free enterprise and squash the media’s conception that profit is evil and women are victims.

Weapon of education

Educate yourself. And by “educate,” I do not mean enroll in a costly MBA program with elitist professors who may never have worked in the private sector.

Go rouge with your education. Read Rand’s novels and Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson to understand capitalism without a boring textbook. Read the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson to learn that a college education is not necessary for success—only freedom and hard work are. Read the Constitution and The Federalist Papers. Read the history of the Roman Empire to see how similar we are to Rome right before she fell and how to avoid her tragedy.

Next, educate the women around you. Encourage your friends to become profitable entrepreneurs, start an educational website, or begin hosting a regular brainstorming happy hour.

Hurdles like government regulations can distract us from our goals. But challenges make us stronger, more patient and more resilient. As women, we need to focus on the power within ourselves to overcome our hurdles and achieve happiness. And in order to find happiness, we must fight for freedom. This is a peaceful fight that begins with educating ourselves and then taking action steps toward our dreams.

Weapon of free speech

Free speech is an important weapon in the battle for freedom. Losing free speech would be equivalent to running out of ammo in a gunfight; as long as we have free speech, there is still time to fight.

Ayn Rand was once asked this question: “Do you think the time has come for the artists, intellectuals and creative businessmen of today to withdraw their talents from society?”

Rand responded: “So long as men can speak and write freely, so long as there is no censorship, they still have a chance to reform their society or to put it on a better road. When censorship is imposed, that is the sign that men should go on strike intellectually, by which I mean, should not cooperate with the social system in any way whatever. …[Until then] the right ideas, the right philosophy, should be advocated and spread. …In any historical period when men were free, it has always been the most rational philosophy that won.”

The movie Atlas Shrugged Part II premiers in theatres across the nation this month. Let’s channel Dagny as inspiration and build profitable companies, educate one another and speak out against unconstitutional government regulations.

C’mon girls. We have a war to fight.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: atlasshrugged; aynrand; education; entrepreneurship; stevejobs; war

1 posted on 10/15/2012 3:58:52 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Go rouge with your education.

I know what you meant ... couldn't resist.
2 posted on 10/15/2012 4:09:37 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to watch you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."--Del Shannon)
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To: Kaslin

“I am Dagny Taggart: I pay for my own contraceptives!”

The slogan has quite a ring to it ...

3 posted on 10/15/2012 4:13:58 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Will this be on the test?)
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To: Kaslin
"Go rouge with your education."

A little Palin Parody creeps in, obviously inadvertently. However, the advice in this column is good and would be smothered by the present oppressive government.

Also, everyone should go and support the current release of Atlas Shrugged Part II. It is not doing well at the box office and people should think about November 6th if they go.

4 posted on 10/15/2012 4:23:31 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Truth29
AS II is good. Hank Reardon gives a soliloquy that is relevant today in this oppressive environment.
5 posted on 10/15/2012 5:11:01 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Kaslin

“Go rouge with your education.”

Maybe “go rogue”?

6 posted on 10/15/2012 5:14:32 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: Tax-chick

If a man cannot pay for a condom, a woman shouldn’t risk making a baby with him.
If free contraception is so important, why are we still expecting loads of kids born to welfare mothers?
One of these days, mandatory sterilization will be the next solution, both to control welfare costs and because birth control fails too often.

7 posted on 10/15/2012 5:39:59 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: tbw2

A culture that rejects personal responsibility in the most basic aspects of life is bound to end up with an intensely coercive government.

Dagny Taggart could sleep around without a thought because she was fictional, but in real life, if a couple “needs” contraceptives, they probably shouldn’t have sex.

8 posted on 10/15/2012 6:00:43 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Will this be on the test?)
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To: tbw2

There is a readily available form of free contraception. It’s called abstinence. It is 100% effective and doesn’t transmit any STD’s.

9 posted on 10/15/2012 8:53:25 AM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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