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Time to watch the Atlas Shrugged movies again

Posted by $ jbrenner 5 months, 3 weeks ago to Movies
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I am listening to the Atlas Shrugged movies as I am writing a textbook on a class called The Basics of Making. Today I feel like Dagny.


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    Posted by $ rockymountainpirate 5 months, 3 weeks ago
    I listen to the book nearly monthly to help keep me positive and forward looking. I have the book on Audible. Easy to listen to while working or driving, especially on the way to the shrug job.

    I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine. $$$
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    • Posted by $ 5 months, 3 weeks ago
      Wow, it's great to hear from you, rockymountainpirate! It has been so long!

      Galt's oath:
      I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.
      My application of it:
      I do my best. My students exchange their value (cash) for my education of them. However, I will admit that living up to Galt's oath is very hard.
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  • Posted by VetteGuy 5 months, 3 weeks ago
    I watch the trilogy a couple of times a year. The last time I started the series, the opening of Part 1 struck me as particularly timely.

    The book is more detailed, but it takes a long time to get through. I go back and re-read occasionally too.
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  • Posted by coaldigger 5 months, 3 weeks ago
    I will never forget that a student intern gave me a copy of Atlas Shrugged after working for me one summer. As I was reading it I was also following the failure of the New York Central-Penn Central railway merger in the daily news. When I saw the fiction was published in 1957 and it was coming true in 1970 it was chilling. Today it is like the rest is playing out before our eyes.
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  • Posted by $ Dobrien 5 months, 3 weeks ago
    Any was not the only prognosticator. Thomas Jefferson said “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around (these banks) will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."1

    Jefferson was not the only President to speak out against the private central bankers. There were seven others:

    • Andrew Jackson, stating directly to President John Quincy Adams, “You are a den of vipers and thieves.”

    • Ulysses S. Grant was put in power to defeat the forces trying to put in a central bank after the US Civil War.

    • Abraham Lincoln, “The government should create, issue, and circulate all the currency and credit need to satisfy the spending power of the government and the buying power of the consumers.”

    • Andrew Johnson, who opposed EUROPEAN FORCES attempting to implement a central bank.

    • James A. Garfield, “Whoever controls the money of a nation, controls that nation and is absolute master of all industry and commerce.”

    • William McKinley who, with his Secretary of State John Sherman, brought the war to the European bankers through a law, the “Sherman Antitrust Act”. After McKinley’s assassination, his Vice President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt took power and dropped the lawsuits against the Northern Trust (the Rothschild supported Morgan financial empire at the time).

    • John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated about five months after issuing Executive Order 11110 which allowed the Secretary of the Treasury to buy silver and issue silver certificates.

    In addition to the eight Presidents openly trying to thwart the imposition of a private central bank, we observed President Trump’s mastery during 2020. In the middle of one of the greatest market declines in history, Trump temporarily rolled the operations of the Federal Reserve into the Treasury and averted a major pandemic driven financial collapse. While the other Presidents tried to tell the People, Trump showed the People the power of a nation in control of its finances.

    Beside Presidents, there were many others who opposed the future Federal Reserve. There were also wealthy and powerful bankers and industrialists who opposed it. John Jacob Astor IV, the man who invested in Tesla, opposed the plan, as did Benjamin Guggenheim and Macy’s owner Isidor Straus. They were the wealthiest men of the day, and unfortunately all met their end in the fateful sinking of the Titanic in 1912. It’s the stuff of conspiracy theories, but find comfort in the fact-checkers who have spent an awful amount of time reassuring us it is simply a coincidence – albeit a huge one.
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    • Posted by $ 5 months, 3 weeks ago
      A great book on this is by Edward Griffin called The Creature from Jekyll Island.
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      • Posted by $ Dobrien 5 months, 3 weeks ago
        If you have not seen the interview or the transcript of G Edward Griffin
        interviewing the great Patriot Norman Dodd, here is the transcript ..http://http://www.supremelaw.org/authors/dod...
        Here is the video.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RgRG...
        If I was a professor, all of my students would be required to understand Dodd’s revelations.
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        • Posted by $ 5 months, 3 weeks ago
          Quite an interview with Norman Dodd!
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          • Posted by $ Dobrien 5 months, 3 weeks ago
            So glad you have the background of the unAmerican activities of the Tax-exempt Foundations. To be clear the banking cartels are the managers of these foundations. It’s a small club and we are not in it. Quite frankly it’s not a club you would want to be in either.
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            • Posted by $ 5 months, 3 weeks ago
              I knew about the Ford Foundation's efforts in that area, but I had no idea of the magnitude or just how sinister their efforts were.
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              • Posted by $ Markus_Katabri 5 months, 3 weeks ago
                The hidden truth is that most seem to believe it’s a united cabal conspiring against us. It’s actually very disjointed. These same globalists will fuck each other over for a higher percentage. There is no honor amongst thieves. What ever Henry Ford’s big ball of money is attempting to do it is only coincidence when it’s goals align with Rockefeller’s or Rothschild’s or Soro’s. If I had ALL those resources under my singular control it’d be over by now. And you’d all eat bugs and be happy.
                It’s a huge chess game. And we are like pawns. Actually we may not even be pawns. We are the felt on the bottom of the pawns to them. Of no consequence except when we don’t allow the pawns to slide as freely.
                Our “elected” politicians are merely shadows on Plato’s cave wall. I suspected as much with Baby Bush. But, Brandon is the empirical evidence that proves the assertion.
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                • Posted by $ Dobrien 5 months, 3 weeks ago
                  No honor among thieves is true , but through their groups and secret societies they do coordinate the efforts to enslave US and empower themselves. Groups like the CFR, bilderberg , the round table , the Atlantic council . The UN , the WEF, The WHO , skull and bones , the Illuminati, The Bohemian club, the Rosicrucians , the Vatican , the CIA , the Alpha club, phi beta kappa, ordo templi orientis, trilateral Group, to name a few.
                  They are Quite organized at the top imo.
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  • Posted by starguy 5 months, 3 weeks ago
    I just keep reminding myself: it's a work of fiction, from the 1950's.
    Seems to help. A little.
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      Posted by $ 5 months, 3 weeks ago
      Fiction? Really? I bought an Atlas Shrugged: Now Non-Fiction when the movies first came out. They are more relevant than ever. I put a quote from Atlas Shrugged into one of my PowerPoint slides:

      No one gets to this place by faking reality in any way whatsoever.

      So many people are in denial that occasionally I wonder whether they actually believe that they are in their right minds, but clearly they are in their left minds.
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      • Posted by VetteGuy 5 months, 3 weeks ago
        I was wearing my "now non-fiction" t-shirt at the grocery store the other day. One of the guys stocking the shelves came up to me, pointed at the logo, and said "ain't it the truth!". You never know where you might find those who are like-minded!
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  • Posted by CaptainKirk 5 months, 3 weeks ago
    You feel competent, young, sexy, capable in a world that is corrupt, broken, soulless, and clueless?

    Good for you! :-)
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    • Posted by $ 5 months, 3 weeks ago
      I'm not young (55) and never was sexy, but I have always been capable. Part of the problem I have had before reading Atlas Shrugged in 2008/2009 was that my then business provided a product to assuage environmentalist guilt by converting hydrocarbon wastes into chemicals at a tidy profit. Now I know that the world is corrupt, broken, soulless, and clueless. The looter leaders are not clueless, however; the Floyd Ferrises of the world know exactly what they are doing. Dagny used to refer to John Galt as the destroyer, but it is the looters and the Floyd Ferrises who are the real destroyers.

      Being competent in a world that is corrupt, broken, soulless, and clueless is tragic. The world needs inventors like me to disappear.
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  • Posted by LibertyBelle 5 months, 3 weeks ago
    I have read the book maybe 15 times over the past 50 years. But I was not very enthused by the movie. I thought it did not begin to do justice to the book. If another version is eventually done (for instance, after it passes into public domain), I hope it will express more the ideas of the book. (Of course, the idea of its going into public domain is kind of horrifying, considering the travesties that might be made of the book.)
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  • Posted by term2 5 months, 3 weeks ago
    The first movie was great. They deteriorated as I got to #2 and #3 unfortunately. The cast changed and it was obvious budgets were cut. I do my part to be like dagny and hank rearden, but its getting harder and I wish Galt woudl take me to Galts Gulth....
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  • Posted by Owlsrayne 5 months, 3 weeks ago
    You have some of Atlas Shrugged plot occurring due to the Biden administration's strangulation of the energy industry, in the novel, it's the slow strangulation and government takeover of all major industries. The methodology is slightly different through a presidential order and insurmountable government regulation.
    I have seen many more Teslas on the road, tourists and locals who maybe be good little Democrats.
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