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** Unless one considers, that Atlas couldn't "shrug" only if he wanted to prevent sky from falling onto the world, and destroying it... unlike the strikers who ''were'' willing to let the old world be destroyed, if it meant release from their burden!
** Also, in most versions his task ends when Heracles builds him some pillars to put it down on while still technically holding it up. While they had a deal going this wasn't part of it, Heracles was just being generous. It's fairly obvious why the story doesn't go there.


** Logically, if and only if he craved for money (which, in the novel's timeline, he didn't), when a guy owned an [[PerpetualMotionMachine infinite energy generator]], could acquire industrial machinery made of superalloys and hire at will the best specialists, [[FridgeBrilliance nothing could stop him to mine his own gold]].


%%** Note, however, the rails that were built for the John Galt Line, allowing a 100MPH average speed, were not steel, but were made of Rearden Metal, which is an alloy of steel and copper. Copper is softer than iron, which should allow rails that include it to flex more than pure steel.
%%*** Nope. Alloys don't work that way. Mixing copper with tin yields bronze, which is harder then either.



* {{Beauty Equals Goodness}}: All of the protagonists and members of Galt's Gulch are described as being exceptionally attractive, while the villains are generally described as pudgy and watery eyed. To be fair, however, Rand might have been trying to say that being talented, hard working, and passionate ''makes'' you attractive, and not the other way around.

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* {{Beauty Equals Goodness}}: All of the protagonists and members of Galt's Gulch are described as being exceptionally attractive, while the villains are generally described as pudgy and watery eyed. To be fair, however, Rand might have been trying to say that being talented, hard working, and passionate ''makes'' you attractive, and not the other way around.


** RealityEnsues: It worked as a Boy Scout camp on a very large scale. And it worked for the same reason bushcraft camps, hunting trips and Renaissance Fairs work [[RealLife in our timeline]]: '''they were doing it for fun, not survival'''. They used complex, Sci-Fi machinery to work the land, were not threatened by bad weather, wildlife or disease, as a poor farmer was Outside. Practically, in the short run (it was unsustainable in the long run, unless they could arrange a flow of supplies and fresh people to teach from Outside) they were grown-up people, scientists, engineers and businesspeople playing among themselves.


* ArcWords: "How am I to know?","Check your premises", "Who are you to judge/think?", "He'll do ''something''!" "The whole world should know his name!" -- ''"Who is John Galt?"''

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* ArcWords: "How am I to know?","Check know?", "Check your premises", "Who are you to judge/think?", "He'll do ''something''!" "The whole world should know his name!" -- ''"Who is John Galt?"''


** Dagny Taggart and Francisco D'Anconia are somewhere between Type III and Type IV, Hank Rearden is more of a Type II. John Galt is arguably a Type III, albeit only to his enemies. By the time you get to pirate Ragnar Danneskjold, who steals ships of goods from governments so he can sell them, and give the money to people he judges as worthy/owed restitution, you're into Designated Hero territory.

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** Dagny Taggart and Francisco D'Anconia are somewhere between Type III [[strike:Type III]] PragmaticAntiHero and Type IV, [[strike:Type IV]] UnscrupulousHero, Hank Rearden is more of a Type II. [[strike:Type II]] Disney Anti Hero. John Galt is arguably a Type III, PragmaticAntiHero, albeit only to his enemies. By the time you get to pirate Ragnar Danneskjold, who steals ships of goods from governments so he can sell them, and give the money to people he judges as worthy/owed restitution, you're into Designated Hero DesignatedHero territory.


* 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 Creator/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'' has one of the longest examples in print, with 60 to 70 pages (depending on printing) and four hours of in-universe time 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 Creator/VictorHugo, whose novels did include numerous examples.


* HiddenVillain: Subverted. Mr. Thompson is just as meaningless as all his lackeys.

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* HiddenVillain: Subverted. Mr. Thompson is Thompson, presented as an ominous ShadowDictator for most of the story, seems more impressive than the other Looters at first, but eventually turns out to be just as meaningless feckless as all his lackeys.the rest.

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* [[ArtisticLicenseEconomics Artistic License -]] [[ArtisticLicenseMilitary Strategy]]: How do the Looters actually keep control? They had proved themselves incapable enough they can't stop [[OneManArmy the single ship of]] Ragnar Danneskjöld from raiding outside their very ports. Their roads crumble, factories collapse, large swathes of the country are dropping back into wilderness. Wyatt has a revolutionary method to produce oil which they don't have, Rearden has a magical alloy impervious to [=HEAT=] shells, Galt has a limitless source of power and so on. If they wanted to actually [[TakeOverTheWorld take over the country]] in a few weeks, they could do it, [[WarIsHell the hard, painful way]]. Yet up to that point each and every of the heroes obeys meekly even the most stupid decisions of Mouch and Thompson. They don't even attempt to negotiate or blackmail. Only the apathy of honest people left the bastards in control of the economy for so long.
** Hank Rearden even tells it during his trial: the power of the government is based on the fact most people, from the lowliest worker to the richest magnate, accept their authority. If someone refused to obey, their only choice would be [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption to use armed force against him or her]], [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating thus showing their true face and alienating everybody]]. Of course, as they know it's true, [[PragmaticVillainy they avoided doing any nasty thing to Rearden himself, because this proved him right]].
---> ''"We don't have to go to extremes," said Mouch hastily. "We don't want to frighten people. We want to have them on our side. Our top problem is, will they . . . will they accept it at all?"'' - '''Part II, Chapter VI'''

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* ResignationsNotAccepted: As the U.S. government becomes more tyrannical, John Galt's "strike" idea spreads and more and more people begin quitting their jobs or working under their means, refusing to be exploited. In response, the government institutes Directive 10-289, in which nobody is allowed to quit their job. If they do, they are branded as an outlaw, and their job is given to someboedy else that isn't currently employed, regardless of that person's ability to actually do the job.


* [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]]: Almost all characters who don't agree with the protagonists' (and Rand's) philosophy are portrayed as corrupt, thieving, lying, comically incompetent fools, all working towards the country's destruction while spouting platitudes about the "common good," and stabbing each other in the back while shooting themselves in the foot.

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* [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]]: Almost all characters who don't agree with the protagonists' (and Rand's) philosophy are portrayed as corrupt, thieving, lying, comically incompetent fools, all working towards the country's destruction while spouting platitudes about the "common good," and stabbing each other in the back while shooting themselves in the foot. If anyone says they want to help the poor, they’re really just trying to grab power for themselves.


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

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The boy sent by Washington to oversee Rearden's mills is nicknamed "the Wet Nurse."" Rearden takes to calling him "Non-Absolute," and only calls him by his true first name (Tony) after finding him dying of a gunshot wound.

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* DrivenToSuicide: After realizing just how evil James and his friends are and seeing no way to fight them, Cherryl jumps over a bridge railing to her death.


* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: This features very prominently in its final chapters, ultimately culminating in Dagny and her allies murdering security guards in cold blood on the way to rescue John Galt, despite - or perhaps even ''because'' - the narrative saying they're too paralyzed with indecision to step aside. There's a bizarre undertone of, "Help us, fight us, or get the hell out of our way, just do ''something'' besides just ''sit there''" during the rampage. One can argue that the questionable behavior up until that point was just washing one's hands clean of a broken system, but at that point the Strikers are just flat-out executing people for what they consider the ultimate sin - [[ApatheticCitizens apathy]]. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment Some believe that's the point.]]

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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: This features very prominently in its final chapters, ultimately culminating in Dagny and her allies murdering security guards in cold blood on the way to rescue John Galt, despite - or perhaps even ''because'' - the narrative saying they're too paralyzed with indecision to step aside. There's a bizarre undertone of, "Help us, fight us, or get the hell out of our way, just do ''something'' besides just ''sit there''" during the rampage. One can argue that the questionable behavior up until that point was just washing one's hands clean of a broken system, but at that point the Strikers are just flat-out executing people for what they consider the ultimate sin - [[ApatheticCitizens apathy]]. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment Some believe that's the point.]]

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