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Author Topic: Book Thread. What are you reading?  (Read 3461 times)

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #420 on: July 14, 2018, 02:08:04 pm »
I'm currently 2/3rds of the way through Atlas Shrugged. Honestly, I've never read anything quite like this before.

This woman is deranged.
The protagonist, the author, or both?

I was referring to my good friend Mrs. Rand. I liked The Fountainhead, but I think the scope of this one is to its disadvantage. I'm in the middle of the conclusion right now, which is a 60-page speech. Still, I think a lot of the descriptions of societal collapse are vivid and arguably prescient.

After your earlier declaration of love for The Fountainhead, I was about 50-50 on whether or not this would prove too much. For someone who hasn't read, can you elaborate on the "arguably prescient"?

The villains in the story are corrupt government stooges who write vague, undefined regulations so that people will break them, and then their goons can swoop in and seize property willy-nilly. I think a lot of anti-trust laws these days are too vague, and there's no doubt that they're selectively enforced. The book seems to be more anti-corruption than anti-government at some points, and it argues against the disturbing fusion of the private and public sectors we've been seeing as of late. I'm sure Rand would've said "I told you so" if she knew that insurance companies were literally writing their own industry's regulations.

Still... the part where she loaded up a train with innocent people, suffocated them, and blew them up, and then said "they had it coming" because of their support of big government... was... slightly mean-spirited.

 

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