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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
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Jul 25, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: sociology
Read in July, 2009

The plot and characters of this book were engaging, but the book was incredibly lopsided with Rand painting the opposition as extreme without applying the same level of critique to her protagonists.

I am old enough to discount unilateral political philosophy. The industrialists of the guilded age were every bit the thieves of Rand's opposition. The progressive movement arose out of the injustice of her real-life protagonists. How ironic that our current failing economic situation is a result of unrestrained greed sanctioned by a conservative government opposed to any degree of regulation.

The book would have benefited from more relevant female characters. It seems obvious that Rand saw herself as Dagny who, conincidentally, is the only female worthy of the love and affection of every man around her. She has no competitors. Is this how Rand saw herself in real life - that all men in her sphere were drawn irresistibly to her and to none other?

I am confident that there is a middle ground in the political/economic spectrum where wealth can be created and retained by those predisposed to work for it without oppressing and trampling on those who make such possible. I am also confident that there are those predisposed to drift through life with no direction, no objectives, content to suck at the teet of the public welfare who will never contribute meaningfully to society.

Rand's book does not paint a meaningful solution for society amidst these two extremes. It merely sustains through endless diatribes the battle between two outdated political and economic extremist ideologies that have repeatedly been proven invalid.

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