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Discussion in 'The Club House' started by KJG67, Apr 23, 2013.
He's in Illinois!
Now all you have to do is follow him to paradise!
KJG, please help me with the signifigance of this event. What am I missing?
The question you should ask is "Who is John Galt?"
I've never read Rand, looks like Atlas Shrugged will be a good read.
John Galt: a character in Ayn Rand's novel, Atlas Shrugged.
It's almost scary reading it today, with how our nation is going.
Keep in mind it's a bit over 1000 pages. She can ramble in parts, so feel free to skip through some of her longer diatribes. Parts can be dry, but stick with it. It is scary the similarities to the current situation. Issues in Washington, NY, and Colorado are all part of the main focus of the story.
I don't agree with her entire philosophy, but it's hard to argue with some of her position.
The Fountainhead is a good read too. Anthem is an interesting novella as well.
Unfortunately they haven't made a good movie on either.
and it was written when?
1957. The 4th of her novels
Very good content almost prophetic. But very boring and dry.
I just reread it about 2 monthes ago, some is a little boring and dry other parts keep your attention. It is uncanny how well she predicted the future (now) though, with the regulations that killed the economy. I spend my days in a truck so I got it on cd. It is a little better when a talented voice actor reads it to you.
Ah I see it now, the fall of the housing market in 2004-2005 brought on the shortages of ammo on the shelves. If it wasn't for that there would be no President Obama and no run on guns and ammo. So the culprits are the greedy bankers that wrote worthless loans and sold millions of homes to people that could not afford them at prices that could not be sustained.
It all makes sense now, it was them and not us that caused all this worry and pain. (NOT)
Convoluted thinking at it's best, lets blame others and not ourselves, why not blame it on John Galt.
As my dad always said to me, "Grow Up" and take responsibilty, don't blame others for your mistakes. (Did you get out and vote in the last election?)
bigjim, did you read the book? Not quite sure where you're going with this.
Can't disagree with you that 'we, the people' as a whole put ourselves in large part into this mess. People lived the dream but didn't think about how they were going to pay for all those credit cards and 0% interest home loans (wow, this is too good to be true! Duh!). Unregulated business took advantage of the stupid consumer. So guess, what? Now the Government is thinking for us, regulating business, giving handout to everyone with no clue how to pay for it themselves, and we don't like that either. We are the spoiled brat country of the world, and now we're choking on the medicine.
But the book takes place after that, when the government officials are already well into regulating and distributing everything for the greater good. Regulating the thinkers and distributing the wealth of the few (intellectual and financial) to all the people. And what happens when the thinkers and do'ers disappear since there's no financial or intellectual reward for their hard work, everyone else gets to ride their coattails without contributing to society.
And yep, I vote every election and try to do my due diligence to find the best person or lesser of two evils. So yes, I earned the right to disagree with the government.
I am glad to hear that, may I ask who you "voted for" in the last election, since we are both in Illinois and the last election was only 11 days ago?
Have you read it or read over a synopsis?
In brief, it tells a story about how ultimately state intervention in society reaches a point in which independence and individual achievement becomes almost futile. Futile because people in positions of political power who create nothing, ultimately base their decisions solely on only what benefits themselves. In short, they artificially pick winners and losers in society not based on the achievements and ideas of the individuals/thinkers/creators but on political grounds to their own ends. This leads to a society void of entrepreneurial spirit and imagination.
~Don't take what I've written here as a brief summary because i didn't do it justice I'm sure, in fact I know I didn't. It's an interesting read, and what sets it apart though is it was published in 1957, at the height of the baby boomer generation. No one was writing novels about these things like that in the postwar America. Although it has always had a cult following, in light of recent years it has only become more popular.
Btw: John Galt is the central mysterious character of the novel, he's not the one people blame, he's more of the rallying cry.
Hopefully you will forgive me if I call this idea BS. As a past elected official of a community in Illinois, not only does this concept reaks of socialisim, but is not how real politicians think. Now you may want to delude yourself into thinking that is the case, but most politicians are truly voting on a basis of what they think is best for those that have put them in office. Not always for what is popular that will get them re-elected or what is best for their own personal interest.
While we may not agree with them (and I disagree often with them), no where will I call them insincere in what they are doing.
It was written as a novel, so I read it as such; purely fiction but interesting none the less. Have you read it..?
No, I haven't. And have no plans on doing so along with a couple of other books I will not read, Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto or Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf.
You may be right about the cult following on Atlas Shrugged.
How would you know it's a socialistic novel then? Ayn Rand was from Russia and legally immigrated into the US; she hated Socialism with a passion. And again its a novel, not some manuscript for the doom of a free society!! Seriously...