Another excellent review of the movie of Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged”. If only the movie lived up to the quality of these reviews. It looks like the people who made it were not equal to the task. It sounds like a movie version of Howard Roark’s Cortland Housing Project.

Still, the movie distorts, and really destroys, the motivation behind Rearden and Dagny’s affair. If Rand’s novel has one fundamental idea, it is that the moral choices of a person’s private life and public life lead to the same kinds of consequences. This is the real internal conflict within Hank Rearden and Dagny Taggart, who are actually the true enemies of John Galt throughout most of the book. Their lack of understanding and their willingness to live and produce for the “looters” needlessly prolongs the suffering of the world. Crucially, Rand also believed there was a connection between private behavior (especially sex) and one’s deepest held values, which is why her ideal man could never fall for a chorus girl, but only a heroine. The movie ignores this completely and manages to strip away the emotional complexity of characters in an Ayn Rand novel—which is no mean feat.

The problem is that the real world policy prescriptions of those promoting the movie don’t fit with Rand’s vision. The kinds of places that could develop the motor that draws its energy from the atmosphere no longer exist, as Bell Labs and other private research laboratories have fallen from glory and institutions like DARPA don’t exactly fit with the Galt’s Gulch mentality. Insofar as the American economy has a future, it seems to be based on manipulation of debt by the elite, litigation by the middle class, and selling ringtones among the lower class, with the occasional brilliant entrepreneur starting a website so we can more easily discuss Rihanna.

Ooohhh! Kerr-POW!

 The moral code of the corporate elite of this country and the capitalist pinups Rand’s fanboys want us to fight for are promoting the exact kinds of altruism and victim worship that Rand despised. If the kinds of “producers” identified here went “John Galt,” the only things that would change would be the decline in Democratic donations.

Kerrrrr-POWWWW!! A devastating comment on our times.

via Review of The Atlas Shrugged Film | The Libertarian Alliance: BLOG.

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Now THIS is the trailer for the movie it could have been (although my dream  line-up is a young, Al Pacino look-alike for Francisco d’Anconia, and maybe Laura Linney as Dagny Taggart):

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The “John Galt” theme sounds like something for “The Waltons”. Would this be something Richard Halley would have written?

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