What If Businesses Went On Strike; The World of Atlas Shrugged

Imagine a world where corporate and personal welfare runs rampant, the rich are despised and almost every aspect of life is directed by an intrusive central planning government.

“Why, that’s what we have today!”

Indeed it is, I bring this up because I finished a book that was set in the same situation. Except it was written in the mid-40s  to mid-50s. It is the modern epic: Atlas Shrugged.

It begins slow as Ayn Rand develops the characters, the highly-efficient Dagny Taggart, her faithful assistant Eddie Willers,her cowardly bully of a brother James Taggart, the successful aristocratic Francisco, heir of a vast copper empire, Hank Rearden, the self-made millionaire with his devious wife Lillian and whiny family. Along with a supporting cast of producers and parasites.

Surrounded by a world full of socialist governments that had bled their host dry, America is on the same path and the resulting misery is producing a world without hope. Except a few of the biggest businessmen are moving against the tide, a new metal is forged, and the railroad ran by Dagny capitalizes on it. But with each successive new regulation that cripples business, the businessmen begin to disappear. No one knows why. Then a revolutionary motor is discovered, half completed, that could save the railroad. Dagny pursues the mystery of the motor as the country is slowing down. Where are the self-made millionaires going? Who is John Galt?

I’m not telling, read for yourself. Its a thick book, but its a enjoyable read for those who like a philosophical yet reality based look at the battle between:

“To each according to his need, from each according to his ability.”

VS

“Get the hell out of my way.”

It wasn’t long into the book I was getting annoyed and wishing a pox on half the characters. I can see why this book is so popular, its deep, and I encourage you to read it.

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