posted on Aug, 12 2008 @ 12:18 PM
I don't think the novel has anything to do with being elitist. I think it has everything to do with hardworking and talented people being sucked dry
and discarded. In the novel, the main characters set out to "stop the motor of the world" by convincing the movers and shakers not to buy into the
failing system anymore.. and then they back off as the vampires of society scrabble over the last crumbs and curse their own bad luck.
And no, they don't do this joyfully.. the struggle of the main protagonist coming to terms with the fact that she is enabling a flawed system to
continue takes up most of the book.
When I saw that they were releasing "Atlas Shrugged" as a new movie at this point in time, my reaction was the same as when I saw "V for Vendetta"
was being made. It strikes me, not as support of the NWO (if such a thing is truly organized), but as a slap in the face to the direction that
(especially) America is heading.
I see evidence of "looters" in this country every day, and I couldn't think of a more appropriate movie to make people aware of what happens when
you dole out rewards to your buddies regardless of whether they deserve them or not, and expect your government to police your every movement like a
nanny. (Doesn't that sound familiar?)
For example: I know a lady who has worked in the same company for twenty years. She worked her way up from a temporary administrative job to being the
person in charge of the clerical supervisors. She and her team of employees, some of them working with her for much of the entire time, organized and
streamlined the system so that they were having perfect audits every year. Then, her boss was replaced with someone's friend, who had failed at
three other professions. The new boss fired half of this lady's team, demoted her so he could promote people who were friendly with him, runs the
business on smiles and handshakes, and doesn't understand why the whole thing is collapsing around his ears. He hasn't bothered to learn how to use
the software involved in doing his job, and he whines that it is out of date and too hard to use, so when something goes wrong, it isn't his
"Is it ever proper to help another man? No, if he demands it as his right, or as a duty that you owe him. Yes, if it's your own free choice based on
your judgment of the value of that person and his struggle. This country wasn't built by men who sought handouts." - Ayn Rand