Telling People About Atlas Shrugged Now?
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Lately when I've heard people I know expressing concern over the current economic and political turmoil I often just mention Atlas Shrugged. Do you find yourself doing this lately, too?
Those who don't know are often offered a copy of
Atlas and The FountianHead. Most accept.
The only thing is that once my eyes were opened, I could not close them. It could not be undone.
Watching the world around me progress like the novel, or the "Twentieth Century Motor Company" is an almost constant source of frustration.
My emails now are more personal friends and not customers or suppliers spread all over the country. So the sales manager in me would say I have fewer cold calls but higher closing rates.
Another great one to share is:
When the looters state collapses we producers will return and those who wish to live by our code can join us.
Always Be Closing.
1) From Galt's speech: " “So long as men, in the era of savagery, had no concept of objective reality and believed that physical nature was ruled by the whim of unknowable demons—no thought, no science, no production were possible. Only when men discovered that nature was a firm, predictable absolute were they able to rely on their knowledge, to choose their course, to plan their future and, slowly, to rise from the cave. Now you have placed modern industry, with its immense complexity of scientific precision, back into the power of unknowable demons—the unpredictable power of the arbitrary whims of hidden, ugly little bureaucrats. A farmer will not invest the effort of one summer if he’s unable to calculate his chances of a harvest. But you expect industrial giants—who plan in terms of decades, invest in terms of generations and undertake ninety-nine-year contracts—to continue to function and produce, not knowing what random caprice in the skull of what random official will descend upon them at what moment to demolish the whole of their effort. Drifters and physical laborers live and plan by the range of a day. The better the mind, the longer the range. A man whose vision extends to a shanty, might continue to build on your quicksands, to grab a fast profit and run. A man who envisions skyscrapers, will not. Nor will he give ten years of unswerving devotion to the task of inventing a new product, when he knows the gangs of entrenched mediocrity are juggling the laws against him, to tie him, restrict him and force him to fail, but should he fight them and struggle and succeed, they will seize his rewards and his invention."
2) Francisco's money speech
3) Rearden looking at his first run of Rearden Metal coming off the production line
"...to continue to function and produce, not knowing what random caprice in the skull of what random official will descend upon them at what moment to demolish the whole of their effort." I can't help but to visualize the video of Xiden proudly slapping his name on the pile of Executive Orders his first day in office and seeing the results at the gas stations, grocery stores, and shipping terminals across the country today.
They would rather follow some dangerous mindless anarchists who want change but have no clue as to what it should look like or where to properly begin.
I am trying my best to spread the word, but only a small few have investigated. One person I know has actually read the novel after I mentioned it and only a couple have even watched the three part movie.
Many of the people I encounter in the area I live want liberty and freedom, but don't understand it in an Objectivist, rational, Capitalist sense as presented in the novel.
They seem to want liberty and freedom to do what they want, but only when it suits them. I don't believe they truly want to be fully responsible for their lives, and still want to be looked after by the government at their convenience.
They want change but don't really know what they want and won't put in the effort to become educated so that they know what Capitalism should look like as presented in the novel or movie.
An example of this is that many believe the government should increase taxes on the rich people and large conglomerates, but fail to understand that some of the wealthy people and businesses get that large because of government interference.
They won't even watch the short movie clip "The Trial of Hank Rearden," or listen to the video of the "Twentieth Century Motor Company."
I've had "Who Is John Galt?" stickers on all my vehicles for years and only three people have recognized it and given an appropriate response.
We had a radio talk show in my area that had a strong Randian as the host. She was a voice of reason. A few of her followers were also Randians. She is now trying to get back into politics for our province, but I fear the people are not ready for what she would really like to do and that her efforts will be stifled by the people and the rest of the government.
Here in Canada (under the hand of a minority government), the minority is able to vote away the rights of the rest of the population.
We are rapidly marching into a state of socialism in Canada.
Jerome Powell is on record saying he wants to see wages rolled back and is positioning the Fed to make that happen. The first reaction would be “How is that his call to make?! To determine what a man should sell his life for.” But the ugly truth is it IS his call. Because this “economy” is contrived. It’s not real. And he’s currently the one at the levers of power. Doling out the pellets to the hamsters.
There is no such thing as a free market anymore. At least not officially. True free markets are attacked and shut down by Armed Government Workers.
Why do we continue to prop up this fake system with our real efforts?
Here's an example I heard on the radio while out and about yesterday and it actually made me yell at the radio. I'm a resident of NY and Andrew Giuliani has decided to run in the Republican primary for governor. Well, apparently, some consortium of "They" decided he should be disqualified because he has admitted to being unvaxed. Who the HELL are "THEY" to decide for ME whether or not I will be able to vote for an unvaxed individual for governor!? Also, whether or not I like Giuliani is irrelevant - who the HELL do THEY think they are to decide for me, or for Giuliani for that matter!?