History Literature / AtlasShrugged

23rd Jul '16 4:13:03 PM nombretomado
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* HonestCorporateExecutive: Hank Rearden, Dagny Taggart, Ellis Wyatt, Ken Danagger, Midas Mulligan... By the protagonists' moral code, the ''only'' true industrialist is one who succeeds honestly -- by being [[CarlBarks tougher than the toughies, smarter than the smarties, and earning money square]], not by trading favors with government and plundering from those who are more successful.

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* HonestCorporateExecutive: Hank Rearden, Dagny Taggart, Ellis Wyatt, Ken Danagger, Midas Mulligan... By the protagonists' moral code, the ''only'' true industrialist is one who succeeds honestly -- by being [[CarlBarks [[Creator/CarlBarks tougher than the toughies, smarter than the smarties, and earning money square]], not by trading favors with government and plundering from those who are more successful.
4th Jul '16 3:29:45 PM Tightwire
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It's TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. The government is [[StrawCharacter evil and stupid]], intent on draining the decent, productive people dry. The average Joe is clamped hard on the [[MarySuetopia government teat]], and [[VillainWithGoodPublicity happy about it]]. The people are LesCollaborateurs, busy [[CorruptCorporateExecutive gaming]] the system for every drop before it crashes, or [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans self-deluded]] fools certain they can fix everything with just a LITTLE more control. There is no [[LaResistance public resistance]].

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It's TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. The government is [[StrawCharacter evil and stupid]], stupid]] (nothing new there), and intent on draining the decent, productive people dry.dry (when isn't it?). The average Joe is clamped hard on the [[MarySuetopia government teat]], and [[VillainWithGoodPublicity happy about it]]. The people are LesCollaborateurs, busy [[CorruptCorporateExecutive gaming]] the system for every drop before it crashes, or [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans self-deluded]] fools certain they can fix everything with just a LITTLE more control. There is no [[LaResistance public resistance]].
3rd Jul '16 3:06:10 PM Kalaong
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* OpposedMentors: Robert Stadler and Hugh Akston for Francisco, Ragnar, and John Galt.

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* OpposedMentors: Robert Stadler Stadler(physicist) and Hugh Akston Akston(philosopher) for Francisco, Ragnar, and John Galt.Galt.
-->'''Hugh Akson''': ''…They were majoring in two subjects: physics and philosophy. Their choice amazed everybody but me: modern thinkers considered it unnecessary to perceive reality, and modern physicists considered it unnecessary to think.''



* PyrrhicVictory: Whenever the looters are going to seize one of the properties of the actual or future strikers, they end up with either a worthless property, or one with no one competent to operate it. D'Anconia blows up his ore mines and docks, Dannager abandons his coal mines, Wyatt blows up his oil fields, Rearden walks away from his steel mill, etc.

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* PyrrhicVictory: A facet of its CentralTheme; though the looters always get whatever physical wealth they lay claim to, they never get the true source of that wealth. Whenever the looters are going to seize one of the properties of the actual or future strikers, they end up with either a worthless property, or one with no one competent to operate it. D'Anconia blows up his ore mines and docks, Dannager abandons his coal mines, Wyatt blows up his oil fields, Rearden walks away from his steel mill, etc.
3rd Jul '16 2:59:39 PM Kalaong
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** [[SelfMadeMan Hank Rearden]] and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Orren Boyle]]. Hugh Akston and [[BrokenPedestal Robert Stadler]]. [[ScienceHero John Galt]] and [[FamilyValuesVillain Fred Kinnan]].

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** [[SelfMadeMan Hank Rearden]] and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Orren Boyle]]. [[MentorArchetype Hugh Akston Akston]] and [[BrokenPedestal Robert Stadler]]. [[ScienceHero John Galt]] and [[FamilyValuesVillain Fred Kinnan]].
1st Jul '16 7:41:05 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[SelfMadeMan Hank Rearden]] and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Orren Boyle]]. [[TheObiWan Hugh Akston]] and [[BrokenPedestal Robert Stadler]]. [[ScienceHero John Galt]] and [[FamilyValuesVillain Fred Kinnan]].

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** [[SelfMadeMan Hank Rearden]] and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Orren Boyle]]. [[TheObiWan Hugh Akston]] Akston and [[BrokenPedestal Robert Stadler]]. [[ScienceHero John Galt]] and [[FamilyValuesVillain Fred Kinnan]].
27th Jun '16 9:39:51 PM Tdarcos
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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The world is just filled to the brim with these.
* ObviouslyEvil: The evil characters are all physically grotesque with either bulbous nose or a potbelly or watery eyes or bad posture and have ridiculous names like Orren Boyle, Wesley Mouch and Tinky Holloway. The good characters by contrast are always tall, thin and handsome with haughty, angular faces and good posture. {{Subverted}} with Midas Mulligan, a good guy who is short and stocky and again with Dr. Ferris, the book's most evil vilain who is given no description other than being tall, thin and graceful.



* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The boy sent by Washington to oversee Rearden's mills is nicknamed "the Wet Nurse."



* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The world is just filled to the brim with these.
* ObviouslyEvil: The evil characters are all physically grotesque with either bulbous nose or a potbelly or watery eyes or bad posture and have ridiculous names like Orren Boyle, Wesley Mouch and Tinky Holloway. The good characters by contrast are always tall, thin and handsome with haughty, angular faces and good posture. {{Subverted}} with Midas Mulligan, a good guy who is short and stocky and again with Dr. Ferris, the book's most evil vilain who is given no description other than being tall, thin and graceful.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The boy sent by Washington to oversee Rearden's mills is nicknamed "the Wet Nurse."

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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The world is just filled to PyrrhicVictory: Whenever the brim with these.
* ObviouslyEvil: The evil characters
looters are all physically grotesque going to seize one of the properties of the actual or future strikers, they end up with either bulbous nose a worthless property, or a potbelly or watery eyes or bad posture and have ridiculous names like Orren Boyle, Wesley Mouch and Tinky Holloway. The good characters by contrast are always tall, thin and handsome one with haughty, angular faces no one competent to operate it. D'Anconia blows up his ore mines and good posture. {{Subverted}} with Midas Mulligan, a good guy who is short and stocky and again with Dr. Ferris, the book's most evil vilain who is given no description other than being tall, thin and graceful.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The boy sent by Washington to oversee Rearden's mills is nicknamed "the Wet Nurse."
docks, Dannager abandons his coal mines, Wyatt blows up his oil fields, Rearden walks away from his steel mill, etc.
20th Jun '16 11:06:41 PM PaulA
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* AuthorFilibuster: As quote on the [[Quotes/AuthorFilibuster Author Filibuster Quotes page]] says, "Eventually the question you ask stops being 'Who is John Galt?' and becomes 'When will John Galt shut up?'" Atlas Shrugged has one of the longest examples in print, with 60 to 70 pages (depending on printing) of John Galt lecturing the entire world. There are other, shorter filibusters as well scattered through the book. It must be noted that Ayn Rand was inspired by VictorHugo, whose novels did include numerous examples.

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* AuthorFilibuster: As quote on the [[Quotes/AuthorFilibuster Author Filibuster Quotes page]] says, "Eventually the question you ask stops being 'Who is John Galt?' and becomes 'When will John Galt shut up?'" Atlas Shrugged ''Atlas Shrugged'' has one of the longest examples in print, with 60 to 70 pages (depending on printing) of John Galt lecturing the entire world. There are other, shorter filibusters as well scattered through the book. It must be noted that Ayn Rand was inspired by VictorHugo, Creator/VictorHugo, whose novels did include numerous examples.
7th May '16 2:01:49 PM Kalaong
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* TheSimpleLifeIsSimple: Industrialists and businessmen take to farming with no trouble at all and even have enough time left over to write symphonies and work on inventions. On one hand, they're explicitly described as the world's most capable people, but on the other, they have no specific farming knowhow and no labor but themselves.

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* TheSimpleLifeIsSimple: Industrialists and businessmen take to farming with no trouble at all and even have enough time left over to write symphonies and work on inventions. On one hand, they're explicitly described as the world's most capable people, but on the other, they have no specific farming knowhow and no labor but themselves. Of course, they also have unrestricted access to their inventions and no "looters" demanding a cut. Galt has his power station, and the doctor has a portable X-Ray machine of his own design(in the film, it's a ''smartphone''). It's also stated that their holdings are the merest fraction of what they had Outside, but it was also 100% ''theirs.''
7th May '16 1:56:11 PM Kalaong
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** On the other hand, companies with the {{Meaningful Name}}s of people strapped to them are usually good, while companies with names like National, United or Amalgamated are ObviouslyEvil[[TradeSnark (TM)]].

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** On the other hand, companies with the {{Meaningful Name}}s of people strapped to them are usually good, while companies with names like National, United or Amalgamated are ObviouslyEvil[[TradeSnark (TM)]].™]].
22nd Apr '16 7:00:38 PM JesseMB27
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* CapitalismIsBad: Even though Rand was clearly pro-capitalist, this seems like an unintentional example of this trope in a very different way: billionaires that also happen to be geniuses go on strike, taking all their technology and trade secrets with them, resulting in mass death, chaos and starvation throughout the USA.
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