History Literature / AtlasShrugged

25th Apr '18 11:54:22 AM valar55
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It's TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. The USA is a mixed-market dystopia wherein the federal government is [[FascistButInefficient as oppressive as it is incompetent]]. The average Joe is being pushed further into poverty by each measure intended to relieve it, and can see no way way out. The upper classes are LesCollaborateurs [[CorruptCorporateExecutive gaming]] the system for every drop before it crashes, or [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans self-deluded]] fools certain they can fix the socio-economic problems [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer created by failed government initiatives]] with ''more'' [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer government initiatives]]. There is little [[LaResistance public dissent with the status quo]].

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It's TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. The USA is a mixed-market dystopia wherein the federal government is [[FascistButInefficient as oppressive as it is incompetent]]. The average Joe is being pushed further into poverty by each measure intended to relieve it, and can see no way way out. The upper classes are LesCollaborateurs [[CorruptCorporateExecutive gaming]] the system for every drop before it crashes, or [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans self-deluded]] fools certain they can fix the socio-economic problems [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer created by failed government initiatives]] with ''more'' [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer government initiatives]]. There is little [[LaResistance public dissent with the status quo]].
26th Mar '18 6:25:49 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* WallOfText: Several characters interrupt conversations to hold what amounts to speech-like monologues, sometimes with literally pages of oration on end without so much as a paragraph break.
26th Mar '18 6:24:46 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Ayn Rand genuinely believed that economics worked as the [[UsefulNotes/EconomicTheories 'Austrian' school of philosophical 'economics']] assumed that it did through the use of axiomatic logic ('Praxeology') without reference to the study of the real world. In the book this is how economics works, so one of the its Aesops is that industrial society would collapse if those who collected economic rents from the population and corporate welfare from the government ever decided that they didn't want that money:
-->"You have destroyed all that which you held to be evil and achieved all that which you held to be good. Why, then, do you shrink in horror from the sight of the world around you? That world is not the product of your sins, it is the product and image of your virtues. It is your moral ideal brought into reality in its full and final perfection. You have fought for it, you have dreamed of it, and you have wished it, and I -- I am the man who has granted you your wish."



** [[AvertedTrope Averted with]] Lillian Rearden, who is described as quite attractive--just creepy.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Ayn Rand genuinely believed that economics worked as the [[UsefulNotes/EconomicTheories 'Austrian' school of philosophical 'economics']] assumed that it did through the use of axiomatic logic ('Praxeology') without reference to the study of the real world. In the book this is how economics works, so one of the its Aesops is that industrial society would collapse if those who collected economic rents from the population and corporate welfare from the government ever decided that they didn't want that money:
-->"You have destroyed all that which you held to be evil and achieved all that which you held to be good. Why, then, do you shrink in horror from the sight of the world around you? That world is not the product of your sins, it is the product and image of your virtues. It is your moral ideal brought into reality in its full and final perfection. You have fought for it, you have dreamed of it, and you have wished it, and I -- I am the man who has granted you your wish."

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** [[AvertedTrope Averted with]] Lillian Rearden, who is described as quite attractive--just creepy.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Ayn Rand genuinely believed that economics worked as the [[UsefulNotes/EconomicTheories 'Austrian' school of philosophical 'economics']] assumed that it did through the use of axiomatic logic ('Praxeology') without reference to the study of the real world. In the book this is how economics works, so one of the its Aesops is that industrial society would collapse if those
creepy. Also Dr. Ferris, who collected economic rents from the population and corporate welfare from the government ever decided that they didn't want that money:
-->"You have destroyed all that which you held to be evil and achieved all that which you held to be good. Why, then, do you shrink
is TallDarkAndHandsome, albeit in horror from the sight of the world around you? That world is not the product of your sins, it is the product and image of your virtues. It is your moral ideal brought into reality in its full and final perfection. You have fought for it, you have dreamed of it, and you have wished it, and I -- I am the man who has granted you your wish."a slightly foppish way.
26th Mar '18 6:20:17 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* EvilWillFail: John Galt's theory of society, very much endorsed by the omniscient narrator. Socialism is a failed ideology that will cause any society that adopts it to collapse, and there's no use fighting it once the GullibleLemmings have made their choice. Every "victory" by the looters simply brings their own defeat that much nearer by stamping out the last vestiges of productive humanity in America.
5th Mar '18 3:14:10 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* BadassCreed: "I swear--by my life and my love of it--that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."

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* BadassCreed: John Galt's philosophy is arguably summed up in one sentence:
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"I swear--by my life and my love of it--that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."
3rd Feb '18 8:54:51 PM nombretomado
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* VillainBall: The looters' policies hurt the protagonists a lot, but hardly benefit the looters themselves. Especially [[{{Egregious}} egregious]] when several laws are passed as part of a plot to "kill Colorado."

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* VillainBall: The looters' policies hurt the protagonists a lot, but hardly benefit the looters themselves. Especially [[{{Egregious}} [[JustForFun/{{Egregious}} egregious]] when several laws are passed as part of a plot to "kill Colorado."



** A particularly [[{{Egregious}} egregious]] example. When the first train is riding on the John Galt Line, we are given the following bits of information, in three ''successive'' sentences:

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** A particularly [[{{Egregious}} [[JustForFun/{{Egregious}} egregious]] example. When the first train is riding on the John Galt Line, we are given the following bits of information, in three ''successive'' sentences:
17th Jan '18 12:10:03 PM IdumeanPatriot
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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Explicitly endorsed by John Galt in his huge, huge speech:
-->"There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but [[StupidNeutral the middle is always evil.]]"
10th Jan '18 6:50:02 PM Specialist290
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* GoneHorriblyRight: Galt's speech can essentially be summarized as him telling the world: "You all keep saying that you want a world without selfish people who are only in it for themselves. I have given you exactly that."

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* GoneHorriblyRight: Galt's speech can essentially be summarized as him telling the world: "You all keep saying that you want a world without selfish people who are only in it for themselves. I have given you exactly that. If anything goes wrong from here on out, you have no one to blame but yourselves."
10th Jan '18 6:48:52 PM Specialist290
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* GoneHorriblyRight: Galt's speech can essentially be summarized as him telling the world: "You all keep saying that you want a world without selfish people who are only in it for themselves. I have given you exactly that."
1st Jan '18 10:18:25 PM Kalaong
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