History YMMV / AtlasShrugged

18th Apr '18 2:02:36 PM TheMountainKing
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* FairForItsDay: While opinions may differ ''considerably'' on the merits of the Randian philosophy as a whole, and classical leftists in particular are perhaps especially unlikely to like it, many feminists today tend to approve of the go-getter careerwoman protagonist, Dagny. A female railroad executive certainly wasn't typical of 1950s fiction.

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* FairForItsDay: While opinions may differ ''considerably'' on the merits of the Randian philosophy as a whole, and classical leftists in particular are perhaps especially unlikely to like it, many feminists today tend to approve of the go-getter careerwoman protagonist, Dagny. A female railroad executive certainly wasn't typical of 1950s fiction.
3rd Apr '18 4:06:15 AM IdumeanPatriot
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** ** Some readers may think that the "looters" in general have better ''ideas'' than the John Galt crew, even if they implement them horribly poorly. At least some of them seem to actually care about the poor, though their [[DirtyCommunists failed Socialist policies]] only make things worse for them in practice; by contrast, in Galt's utopia charity is expressly ''[[DystopianEdict outlawed]]'', with its citizens actively ''forbidden'' from helping anyone who cannot support himself, their own wives and children being the sole exception recognized by the law.

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** ** Some readers may think that the "looters" in general have better ''ideas'' than the John Galt crew, even if they implement them horribly poorly. At least some of them seem to actually care about the poor, though their [[DirtyCommunists failed Socialist policies]] only make things worse for them in practice; by contrast, in Galt's utopia charity is expressly ''[[DystopianEdict outlawed]]'', with its citizens actively ''forbidden'' from helping anyone who cannot support himself, their own wives and children being the sole exception recognized by the law.
26th Mar '18 5:50:07 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* EvilIsCool: Generally speaking, Rand does her damnedest to avert this by making most of the evil socialists egregious {{Straw Loser}}s as well as mustache-twirling villains, but there are a couple of exceptions. [[TheChessmaster Dr. Ferris]] dominates almost every scene he is in with his ominous presence, and even [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Wesley Mouch]] (who is otherwise far less impressive) gets to hold at least one genuinely cool BadassBoast as he socializes the economy through [[DystopianEdict Directive 10-289]]:
-->''Freedom has been given a chance and has failed. Therefore, more stringent controls are necessary.''
26th Mar '18 5:46:14 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* HarsherInHindsight: The lights going out in New York City, after several real-life blackouts, including the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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The lights going out in New York City, after several real-life blackouts, including the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.Sandy.
** The academics who have fled to Galt's hideout have backgrounds that are supposed to illustrate the, from the 1950s point of view, ridiculously over-the-top AntiIntellectualism of the Socialist dystopia. Nowadays, they sound rather more uncomfortably close to real life:
--->One of them is a professor of economics who couldn't get a job outside, because he taught that [[CapitalismIsBad you can't consume more than you have produced]] -- one is a professor of history who couldn't get a job because he taught that [[EverythingIsRacist the inhabitants of slums were not the men who made this country great]] -- and one is a professor of psychology who couldn't get a job because he taught that [[PostModernism men are capable of thinking]].
26th Mar '18 5:42:58 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* RootingForTheEmpire: Some readers might support the Socialist government/looters because they find John Galt's own philosophy even less sympathetic, and/or even more unworkable in real life. Or they might just support Ferris, Kinnan, and Mouch because EvilIsCool.



* StrawmanHasAPoint: Detractors of the book believe that James Taggart raises legitimately good points in his caricatured arguments.

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Detractors of the book believe that James Taggart raises legitimately good points in his caricatured arguments.arguments.
** ** Some readers may think that the "looters" in general have better ''ideas'' than the John Galt crew, even if they implement them horribly poorly. At least some of them seem to actually care about the poor, though their [[DirtyCommunists failed Socialist policies]] only make things worse for them in practice; by contrast, in Galt's utopia charity is expressly ''[[DystopianEdict outlawed]]'', with its citizens actively ''forbidden'' from helping anyone who cannot support himself, their own wives and children being the sole exception recognized by the law.
10th Feb '18 7:39:01 PM QueenofSwords
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* {{Anvilicious}}: Supporters, opponents and the author herself all agree that the book is as much a direct expression of the author's philosophy as it is a novel. They might feel, though, that SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped.

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* {{Anvilicious}}: Supporters, opponents and the author herself all agree that the book is as much a direct expression of the author's philosophy as it is a novel. They might feel, though, that SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped.
19th Jan '18 7:25:45 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* FairForItsDay: While opinions may differ ''considerably'' on the merits of the Randian philosophy as a whole, and classical leftists in particular are perhaps especially unlikely to like it, many feminists today tend to approve of the go-getter careerwoman protagonist, Dagny. A female railroad executive certainly wasn't typical of 1950s fiction.
1st Jan '18 10:19:01 PM Kalaong
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* WriteWhatYouKnow: Many fail to realize that when Rand describes the SceneryGorn of the debilitated CrapsackWorld as it slowly collapses around Dagny and Rearden's ears, she's describing the many failed states of the Soviet Union ''she personally saw'' before she immigrated to America;
-->The road ended abruptly behind the turn of a hill. What remained was a few chunks of concrete sticking out of a long, pitted stretch of tar and mud. The concrete had been smashed by someone and carted away; even weeds could not grow in the strip of earth left behind. On the crest of a distant hill, a single telegraph pole stood slanted against the sky, like a cross over a vast grave.\\
It took them three hours and a punctured tire to crawl in low gear through trackless soft, through gullies, then down ruts left by cart wheels—to reach the settlement that lay in the valley beyond the hill with the telegraph pole.\\
A few houses still stood within the skeleton of what had once been an industrial town. Everything that could move, had moved away; but some human beings had remained. The empty structures were vertical rubble; they had been eaten, not by time, but by men: boards torn out at random, missing patches of roofs, holes left in gutted cellars. It looked as if blind hands had seized whatever fitted the need of the moment, with no concept of remaining in existence the next morning.\\
The inhabited houses were scattered at random among the ruins; the smoke of their chimneys was the only movement visible in town. A shell of concrete, which had been a schoolhouse, stood on the outskirts; it looked like a skull, with the empty sockets of glassless windows, with a few strands of hair still clinging to it, in the shape of broken wires.
24th Dec '17 4:35:38 AM Xythos
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* SoBadItsGood: Even among Rand's fan, it's hard to find someone who will defend this book as good literature. That said, it offers a considerable amount of SnarkBait and unintentional comedy, especially the part about John Galt's overly long speech.
25th Nov '17 8:58:04 AM MagBas
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** Another certain percentage of the politically and historically aware find it the opposite, pointing out the destructive influences the book has had on politics in their own beliefs.
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