Atlas Shrugged

I have a book I would like to recommend to you all, but I can’t.  I can’t recommend it because it has WAY too much sex in it.  If it weren’t for the parts about sex (which have a lot of lead up and are easily skipped if you want to read it even thought I’m telling you their is too much sex in it.) I would defiantly recommend Atlas Shrugged.  Maybe the cliff notes version would tell you all the things I learned from this book with out the sex…hum…

One thing I found particularly interesting about reading this book at THIS time is the problems she talks about and the “solutions” the government enacts (which consequently ruin the whole country) are strikingly similar to some things going on at this very moment in time in the US and across the world.  There are quite a few politicians that if I thought they would actually get my package that I would send them a copy of the book and tell them which character they are.

The moral or theme of the book is basically, when the government meddles it ruins everything and if capitalism were let alone to do its thing everything would be fine.

Ayn Rand (the Author) said this about capitalism.

Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned.

The recognition of individual rights entails the banishment of physical force from human relationships: basically, rights can be violated only by means of force. In a capitalist society, no man or group may initiate the use of physical force against others. The only function of the government, in such a society, is the task of protecting man’s rights, i.e., the task of protecting him from physical force; the government acts as the agent of man’s right of self-defense, and may use force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use; thus the government is the means of placing the retaliatory use of force under objective control.

—Ayn Rand, “What Is Capitalism?” Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

Ayn Rand demonstrates in Atlas Shrugged what she believes a world where the individual rights, the ability to practice capitalism is taken away, and what a society that functions with pure, unrestricted capitalism would be like.

Personally I like the capitalism one.

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3 thoughts on “Atlas Shrugged

  1. Robert J. Walker October 14, 2008 at 10:18 am Reply

    Who is to blame for the current economic crisis? Everyone: the government for mandating that lenders give out loans to people who can’t afford them, lenders for agreeing to do so instead of telling Congress to jump off a cliff, and borrowers for being stupid enough to take out loans they can’t afford. If we were all playing by the rules of capitalism instead of socialism, the government would not presume to tell lenders who should get loans. Far fewer lenders would be buried in bad loans, and therefore we could allow those lenders that are to die without concern about devastating the economy. This never would have happened, and taxpayers wouldn’t be left holding the bag.

    We’ve all heard that “The worst thing you can do to a person who doesn’t know how to handle money is to lend them some.” Unfortunately, we are now doing exactly that, giving truckloads of money to people who lost out on bad loans. Presumably, those who made those bad loans are getting a break, too, so we’re doing the same for them. The ones getting punished the most are the people who were responsible and didn’t do stupid things with their money, who are now watching their tax dollars being funneled to fix others’ mistakes.

    I’m not bitter about this at all.

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  2. Mom October 14, 2008 at 3:24 pm Reply

    I have a suggestion. Since the government thinks it’s worthwhile to pay for people’s homes, perhaps this will cure them of that notion.
    First, for everyone who defaulted on a loan, the feds simply pay off the loan and give the property to the homeowner. Shouldn’t cost all that much, compared to the proposed bail out.
    Secondly, since most people don’t get themselves in that fix, it would only be fair to give the responsible ones money, too. So I think that every taxpayer who isn’t in default should get $100,000. Cost less than the bailout!!
    Actually, that’s philosophically the exact WRONG way for the government to behave, but maybe if they thought they had to give to everyone in the US, they’d think twice before throwing money at a problem. Or not.

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  3. steve October 19, 2008 at 12:40 pm Reply

    And you think your lot are mixed up thoughts wise. My lot over here have promised $85 billion worth of cover to the banks. That’s $1.4 million per head!

    If they’ve actually got that much – which of course they haven’t, but that’s another story / nightmare – I’ve got a much better idea of what they can do with it…

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