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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'''


* [[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.

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* [[ArtisticLicenseEconomics Artistic License]] 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.


* VindicatedByHistory: From the point of view of US-style libertarians, the novel's perennial popularity and slowly accumulated respect from political critics qualifies it for this trope. Obviously, critics of the novel would disagree.

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** Also, Cherryl’s suicide. One bad marriage has her jumping off a cliff, yelling about how she doesn’t belong in his world. Seriously, why not just leave the jerk?


* TearJerker: Eddie's last scene and "The Wet Nurse's" death.

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* TearJerker: Eddie's last scene scene, as well as the deaths of Cherryl and "The Wet Nurse's" death.the "Wet Nurse."

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** Objectivism was used as an attempt to reverse the failing K-Mart and Sears...and failed ''horribly'' in the process, sending them into an even further downward spiral. Stores and departments actively sabotaged each other, often hiding items the chain would profit the most from because it benefits someone else more, which would affect them negatively. Rather than boosting productivity like it was intended to, the objectivist philosophy turned it into a massive civil war.

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** Real-life communist regimes, like the Soviet Union during its multimillion-death famines in the 1930s or the one in Venezuela as of 2019, usually blame their failed economies on [[ConspiracyTheorist evil capitalist spies and wreckers who sabotage their utopias.]] Predictably, the looters in ''Atlas Shrugged'' are no exception, blaming the Galtians for everything as America crumbles and grinds to a halt around them. However, this is actually more or less ''' ''[[NoMereWindmill exactly]]'' ''' what the heroes ''are actually doing'', ranging from massive industrial sabotage (Ellis Wyatt burning the oil fields, d'Anconia destroying the entire infrastructure for copper extraction) to outright terrorism (Ragnar Danneskjold predating the seas and bombarding Orren Boyle's industrial plant with battleship grade cannons). So, in this case the paranoid communist tyrants are actually ''completely right'' about this: there really ''is'' a powerful capitalist conspiracy out there trying to destroy them. John Galt thinks their regime would fail anyway (and Rand implies he is right), but at the very least, he and his friends are certainly not helping matters ...

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** Dagny Taggart is at the first glance portrayed as an intelligent, brave and hypercompetent woman, [[HadToBeSharp able to hold herself]] [[NoWomansLand in a man's world]] [[TruthInTelevision as the business community historically was]]. But as her story unfolds, [[TheIngenue she is pretty naive and immature]]. Her intelligence and education (in maths and engineering) serve her mostly in the technical field. Outside it, she is barely able to understand the perverted, manipulative people which abound in society, business or politics just as in RealLife. For her, everything is straight, linear, mathematically precise, counted in money, rails, locomotives, engines, buildings, generators. Like a teenager who plays a [=RTS=] videogame. Even her confrontation [[TheVamp with Lillian Rearden]] over the bracelet sounds a bit like two teenage boys challenging each other [[GoodOldFisticuffs to a fist-fight]].


* {{Narm}}: When Dagny meets the woman who shut down 20th Century Motors and is forced to listen to her spew out a long stream of traditional communist schpiel, she thinks to herself "Remember this face; this is the face of ''pure evil''"[[note]]This is what she '''didn't''' say about a tyrant like Thompson, a torturer like Dr. Ferris or a bastard like Bertram Scudder.[[/note]]. The person she's talking to is effectively as stereotypical of a Dirty Hippy as one can get. Just imagine looking out into a crowd at Woodstock and seeing them as the face of ''evil''.

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* {{Narm}}: When Dagny meets the woman who shut down 20th Century Motors and is forced to listen to her spew out a long stream of traditional communist schpiel, she thinks to herself "Remember this face; this is the face of ''pure evil''"[[note]]This is what she '''didn't''' say about a tyrant like Thompson, a torturer like Dr. Ferris or a bastard like Bertram Scudder.[[/note]]. Ever[[/note]]. The person she's talking to is effectively as stereotypical of a Dirty Hippy as one can get. Just imagine looking out into a crowd at Woodstock and seeing them as the face of ''evil''.


* {{Narm}}: When Dagny meets the woman who shut down 20th Century Motors and is forced to listen to her spew out a long stream of traditional communist schpiel, she thinks to herself "Remember this face; this is the face of ''pure evil''". The person she's talking to is effectively as stereotypical of a Dirty Hippy as one can get. Just imagine looking out into a crowd at Woodstock and seeing them as the face of ''evil''.

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* {{Narm}}: When Dagny meets the woman who shut down 20th Century Motors and is forced to listen to her spew out a long stream of traditional communist schpiel, she thinks to herself "Remember this face; this is the face of ''pure evil''".evil''"[[note]]This is what she '''didn't''' say about a tyrant like Thompson, a torturer like Dr. Ferris or a bastard like Bertram Scudder.[[/note]]. The person she's talking to is effectively as stereotypical of a Dirty Hippy as one can get. Just imagine looking out into a crowd at Woodstock and seeing them as the face of ''evil''.


--> ''"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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--> ---> ''"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'''


* DesignatedHero: Ragnar plunders relief ships taking food to starving people, including children... because they are loaded with supplies bought with stolen money, and what will happen when there is no one left to steal from? Ragnar sincerely believes that the food will not be freely given to keep people from dying, but will instead be sold by fascist and communist dictatorships[[note]][[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983%E2%80%931985_famine_in_Ethiopia#Aid_money_and_rebel_groups This happened in plain view]] in RealLife, but after Rand's death[[/note]], so Ragnar sells it to the starving people himself. His prices are unclear.

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* DesignatedHero: Ragnar plunders relief ships taking food to starving people, including children... because they are loaded with supplies bought with stolen money, and what will happen when there is no one left to steal from? Ragnar sincerely believes that the food will not be freely given to keep people from dying, but will instead be sold by fascist and communist dictatorships[[note]][[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983%E2%80%931985_famine_in_Ethiopia#Aid_money_and_rebel_groups org/wiki/1983-1985_famine_in_Ethiopia#Aid_money_and_rebel_groups This happened in plain view]] in RealLife, but after Rand's death[[/note]], so Ragnar sells it to the starving people himself. His prices are unclear.


* DesignatedHero: Ragnar plunders relief ships taking food to starving people, including children... because they are loaded with supplies bought with stolen money, and what will happen when there is no one left to steal from? Ragnar sincerely believes that the food will not be freely given to keep people from dying, but will instead be sold by fascist and communist dictatorships, so Ragnar sells it to the starving people himself. His prices are unclear.

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* DesignatedHero: Ragnar plunders relief ships taking food to starving people, including children... because they are loaded with supplies bought with stolen money, and what will happen when there is no one left to steal from? Ragnar sincerely believes that the food will not be freely given to keep people from dying, but will instead be sold by fascist and communist dictatorships, dictatorships[[note]][[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983%E2%80%931985_famine_in_Ethiopia#Aid_money_and_rebel_groups This happened in plain view]] in RealLife, but after Rand's death[[/note]], so Ragnar sells it to the starving people himself. His prices are unclear.


--> ''"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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--> ''"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 '''Part II, Chapter VIVI'''

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--> ''"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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