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“I think we need to be beholden to each other.”

The second strike is on.

John Galt’s strike of the “men of the mind” brought down Roger Thompson’s dictatorship and ushered in a conservative dream: no taxes, regulations, or social programs. The end of government services such as policing, firefighting, and infrastructure-building has created a vacuum f
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Paperback, 492 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Createspace
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Joseph Spuckler
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Sisyphus Shrugged by Robert Peate is a rebuttal and sequel to Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Peate earned a degree in psychology and teaches in high school in Oregon. The idea to write this book came to him while reading Atlas Shrugged and Sisyphus Shrugged began to take form as he read.

Years ago I read Atlas Shrugged and I must say I like the book and the story. A friend teased that maybe it was Dagny I liked – maybe so. I could agree with some of the premise of the book. I like to think that it is up to us, as individuals, to ma
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Christoph Fischer
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Sisyphus Shrugged" by Robert Peate is an ambitious project that takes on Ayn Rand's classic in a parodical and intellectual way and succeeds easily in doing so.
Although the message conveyed is as unsubtly presented as Ann Rand's was in Atlas Shrugged this book makes many of its points easily and in an often entertaining fashion.
The world that would be if Capitalism, selfishness, lack of humanity, absence of social and caring attitude in society would win the upper hand is shown in g
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David Moyer
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to completely avoid the writings of Ayn Rand during my formative years. I slogged through Atlas Shrugged painful page by painful page so that I would have the background from which to read this book. Rand's bible for the greedy and narcissistic self-styled Libertarians of present day politics has too much influence to be ignored. After nearly drowning in the utter 'wrongness' of Randian philosophy for 1000 pages, I expected Peate to take the easy path of ridicule and humor to dem ...more
Steve Wilson
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a book received through Goodreads first reads.

I was one of those who never read Atlas Shrugged and this work is designed as a rebuttal to the ideas portrayed in that work. Accordingly it is likely that I was unable to fully grasp some of the concepts and ideas put forward by author Robert Peate in Sisyphus Shrugged.

Regardless, what I enjoyed most about this work is the fact that it causes one to think about current economic, societal and political values. While at
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Martin Brzezinski
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
The time: a not too distant future.

The place: the United States of America.

The situation: a society whipsawed between two antithetical regimes: first a dictator imposes an overbearing command economy on the nation, leading to a paralyzing bureaucracy and the disaffection of the moneyed class; then a reactionary takeover dismantles government and unleashes the nightmare of unregulated laissez faire capitalism.

The challenge: having suffered through both too much and too little government,
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Dani O.
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“My friends are suffering terribly. The workers are voting themselves raises, shorter hours, and even quitting their second and third jobs. Most of America is happy, but those of us with fortunes to protect are devastated.”
--Senator Jason Garmage (R--W.Va.)

No-one would suggest that the mythological Atlas doesn't bear a unique burden. But whereas Atlas is assigned a fixed task for which success is all but spelled out in the fine print, his fellow Greek icon Sisyphus is placed in
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Beverly Garside
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sisyphus Shrugged by Robert Peate Sisyphus Shrugged Wow, what a journey. Many years ago I read "Atlas Shrugged" and found it fascinating - not because I bought its ideas but simply because I had never been exposed to that point of view before. Some decades later, after suffering the effects of that viewpoint inflicted upon us in reality, I saw all the huge cracks in Rand's theories. And then comes "Sisyphus Shrugged" - a sequel to the story written in so much the same style that it seems like it could have been written by Rand hersel ...more
Robin Allison
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great rebuttal to Ayn Rand and to all those moochers that claim to be her ideological children.
Denise Johnson
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have always looked at Ayn Rand's, Atlas Shrugged as merely a work of fiction. I never considered it more than that. That all changed when men, such as Paul Ryan (now the Speaker of the House of Representatives) started espousing Atlas Shrugged as a place to look for "honest" answers to our current real world problems. I had a serious problem with that; as would any rational person.

That I was fortunate enough to come across Mr. Peate's, Sisyphus Shrugged was a most welcomed surprise. It was an
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Benn Allen
Dec 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason I got through Ayn Rand's craptacular book, "Atlas Shrugged" is because of its reputation for being a terribly written book. Robert Peate's "Sisyphus Shrugged" has no such reputation, but it was almost harder to finish it than AS. Even when I had a mere 32 pages left to read of the actual story (forget about the Addenda in the back of SS), it took a force of will, a bit of stubbornness to drag myself through to the end of the novel. I'm not sure it was worth it.

"Sisyph
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“We are connected to each other, Mister Galt. We are considerate. We think about others. We give to others. But in return we get it back. We do affect each other. Human beings—all life forms—are not fully free, nor are they meant to be. Complete freedom isn’t any beautiful thing, because it means you’re not getting anything back either. I think we need to be beholden to each other.” 1 likes
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