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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
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Jun 21, 2009

really liked it
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Be certain in what you do. Becoming one of the mob, the stupid masses, the nameless idiots who seek to tear down those better than themselves is shameful and wrong. Be proud to be successful and work hard in your endeavors. Idiots make up the world and succeed by leeching off those who are better.

So far I'm only 100 pages in, but already I love the book. For the most part the message can be summed up by great men and women who are dedicated and smart become the pillars of our society. The rest of us are confused by them, try to label them, we are offended by their sense of joy and freedom because we do not understand it, so we assign an evil quality to their pleasure.

Those who preach of the common good and helping others do not realize that by helping yourself everyone succeeds. For example, Dagny needs Rearden to step up his order from 12 months to only 9 months to build the Rearden Metal rail. He charges her 20 dollars more per ton, an exorbitant amount, but he has her in his grip and so he may do so. This is not evil, or mean, but wise, and she knows it. But he will not charge her even more, because if he does she cannot afford it, but this way he makes vast profits but they both succeed. Furthermore, why is he able to do so? Because of his brains and hard work, just as she is doing.

I am anxious to see what else this book has to offer!

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