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  • Posted by starguy 2 months, 1 week ago
    In the Book of Job, a series of disasters destroyed various things in Job's life. His sons and daughters were all killed by a tornado, for example. In each disaster, there was a single survivor, who informs Job of the tragedy: "And I alone survived, to tell you." Job gets to hear that phrase, a lot. Most likely, that was why Rand had the fireman survive the tunnel disaster: to tell the rest of us what happened.
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  • Posted by Demetrius 2 months, 1 week ago
    A weird, weird day. Was offered a job for an obscene amount of money to talk people into taking the Covid jab and even more to teach "American Character and Culture" in Ho Chi Minh City. There were two words I actually wished to say to each offer but I limited myself to "No!" and hung up. Those with integrity and smarts will survive the Winston Tunnels in life. The corrupt and the stupid will work for the federal government.
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  • Posted by Aurum79 2 months ago
    You may or may not have noticed a theme (one among many) throughout this work- how the innocent and young suffer under totalitarianism. There's the "Wet Nurse", Cheryl Taggart, the children on the train, and on and on.
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  • Posted by 25n56il4 2 months, 1 week ago
    It never occurred to me that she thought anyone 'deserved' what happened. And, my thought on the survivor was, how fortunate for him! Happens.
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  • Posted by 2 months, 1 week ago
    Do I get to type only one question?
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    • Posted by $ Dobrien 2 months, 1 week ago
      Ask more questions in comment section.
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      • Posted by 2 months, 1 week ago
        Well, I think there was one practical reason,as starguy and ohiocrossroads said. Somebody had to survive, so that Dagny could hear some details from the news report on the radio. But I think maybe there was a double reason. Ayn Rand narrated things to indicate that most of them deserved their fate (though I wouldn't think this could have included the children on board). The lawyer, who said he could get along under any system, the guy who asked why Rearden should be the only one allowed to make Rearden Metal,
        the schoolteacher who had spent years ruining "class after class" of children, the "humanitarian who put "mercy to the needy" over justice, etc. But the fireman was good at his job, such as it was: "his husky muscles were his only asset." He "felt certain that his superiors knew what they
        were doing"; he was dumb, but not dishonest; so I think maybe she intended his survival to be a sort of poetic justice.
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        • Posted by $ Markus_Katabri 2 months, 1 week ago
          I think you’ve summed it up. Take Eddie Willers for example. He was loyal and right thinking but in the end he suffered along with the statists because, like most of conservative America, he just wasn’t bright enough to recognize what was going on around him. And, take action to limit his exposure. (aka...he was kinda dumb.)
          I’m sorry folks but A is A. Right, Left or Center
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