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Thursday, July 19, 2012

I'm Going To Read Atlas Shrugged Again

I want to know how the story that is the United States of America ends.

You've all seen the Obama pronouncement that "if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that."

As it turns out, that destructive mindset is right out of Atlas Shrugged.

From entrepreneur Jeffrey Carter:
Kind of Timely. Atlas Shrugged. Fiction Meets Reality.

From the book Atlas Shrugged. It’s required reading in my house.

“He didn’t invent iron ore and blast furnaces, did he?”


“Rearden. He didn’t invent smelting and chemistry and air compression. He couldn’t have invented his Metal but for thousands and thousands of other people. His Metal! Why does he think it’s his? Why does he think it’s his invention? Everybody uses the work of everybody else. Nobody ever invents anything.”

She said, puzzled, “But the iron ore and all those other things were there all the time. Why didn’t anybody else make that Metal, but Mr. Rearden did?”

Page One, Chapter Nine.
For those who never read the book, but are curious as to its central theme, the United States collapses as a direct result of the "murder of man's spirit" by government bureaucracy, government indifference, and government-mandated mediocrity and waste.

Obama's everlasting legacy.  The main character in a novel who leads a dystopian nation down the path to destruction.