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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.
22nd Mar '16 6:09:48 AM Kalaong
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* BoringInvincibleHero: The villains never stand the ''slightest'' chance against Galt & Co. Every confrontation in the book between the two, whether it's physical, economic or intellectual, is handily and easily won by the heroes. Dagny and Hank do suffer several defeats in their overall goals for most of the novel, but this is only because they try to fight the looters on their terms - once they cross over to the strikers, their foes are utterly helpless.

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* BoringInvincibleHero: The villains never stand the ''slightest'' chance against Galt & Co. Every confrontation in the book between the two, whether it's physical, economic or intellectual, is handily and easily won by the heroes. Dagny and Hank do suffer several defeats in their overall goals for most of the novel, but this is only because they try to fight the looters on their terms - once terms which the looters and their predecessors have refined for generations to be in their favor. Once they cross over to the strikers, their foes are utterly helpless.
14th Mar '16 7:06:52 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)]].
*** The point of the whole thing may be summed up by how Rearden wishes he didn't have to call all of his businesses by different names, but simply call his entire business empire "Rearden Life". Putting your name on something means nothing. But if you do something, it's a part of you no matter what it's called.



* MeaningfulName: In addition to the character last names being a sign of their personality, companies with the names of people strapped to them are usually good, while companies with names like National, United or Amalgamated are ObviouslyEvil[[TradeSnark (TM)]].
4th Feb '16 7:42:47 PM MichaelBL
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* HeirClubForMen: The father of James and Dagny Taggart leaves the controlling interest in Taggart Transcontinental to James, with very bad results.
28th Dec '15 4:20:35 PM ribonucleic
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* {{Atlantis}}: Francisco D'Anconia's preferred nickname for [[strike:Galt's Gulch]] Galt's Gulch/Mulligan's Valley.

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* {{Atlantis}}: Francisco D'Anconia's preferred nickname for [[strike:Galt's Gulch]] Galt's Gulch/Mulligan's Valley.Gulch.
28th Dec '15 4:19:48 PM ribonucleic
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* {{Atlantis}}: John Galt's preferred nickname for [[strike:Galt's Gulch]] Mulligan's Valley.

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* {{Atlantis}}: John Galt's Francisco D'Anconia's preferred nickname for [[strike:Galt's Gulch]] Mulligan's Galt's Gulch/Mulligan's Valley.
23rd Oct '15 11:18:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* GenreSavvy: Sensing imminent capture, Galt warns Dagny to act like his enemy so his enemies won't get the idea to force his hand by torturing her.
** Contrary to how Dr. Ferris and co. wanted to spin it, after Hank Rearden signs over his rights to Rearden Metal, ''no one'' assumes he did it willingly or has genuinely surrendered and know he must have been blackmailed or tortured into doing it, although they don't know how.
23rd Oct '15 11:17:59 AM Morgenthaler
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** Actually [[LampshadedTrope lampshaded]] by the GenreSavvy Galt himself, telling Dagny that his enemies ''can't'' hurt him--unless Dagny gives them ammunition, by letting slip that she cares about him and vice versa, which would lead to IHaveYourWife.
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