ATLAS SHRUGGED Pt 1, a trailer for the book?

Bringing a book to the screen is always a difficult task, especially so for a 1200 page, deeply philosophical book. A 10 hour miniseries would have been a better vehicle for Atlas Shrugged than three movies to be released a year apart, but that is what we have.

Still, it is good to see the story told on the screen. I saw it last week at the Naro theater in Norfolk, and it is playing there at least the rest of this week.

Many who have read the book will be disappointed as it is not possible to convey the soul-searching of the characters without a lot of narration, which kills a movie. Many who have not read the book won’t get it, because that soul-searching and realization that many of our basic premises of society are wrong and destructive is key to the experience.

But the movie does introduce the concept that it is the able who make life comfortable for the rest of us, and that when we loot their earnings  ‘for the greater good,’ it does not only cause resentment of those preyed upon for their parasites, it also requires the moochers and looters to dehumanize and demonize the very people who make their comfortable lives possible.

The movie alone is adequate to make those who have not read the book question their premises, but it will not be life changing, as reading Atlas Shrugged has been for so many of us.  But perhaps it will serve as a trailer for the book, bringing many to make the effort necessary to read the whole book and see the terrible path we are taking toward collapse.

And if enough people read the book, perhaps we can turn away from that path.


4 Responses to ATLAS SHRUGGED Pt 1, a trailer for the book?

  1. For quite some years I had heard of the book “Atlas Shrugged.” I too saw the movie at the Naro. I look forward to future installments.

    I am not optimistic about changing path. Our national population is close to 50% parasitic. Half of the remainder approve of redistribution. The substantial income taxpayer is only about 25% of the working men.

  2. I have a correctioon to my last comment. It should read “…25% of the national population.”

  3. Len Rothman says:

    I think a lot of those you call “parasites, moochers and looters” would truly question your definition.

    But they might not have time to debate the issue because they are part of families whose breadwinners are working multiple jobs to pay the bills, raise the children, afford health care, pay for education and generally doing the things that make the rest of us more comfortable.

    I agree that many of the elite deserve the rewards and the respect of the rest of us. We can admire innate brilliance, indefatigable work ethic, great risk tolerance, leadership, social intelligence, business acumen and all the other qualities that lead to entrepreneurial success or professional talent.

    But referring to the lower achievers as parasites (both you and Warren) is nothing more than class warfare from above.

    As I have said before, respect for those who do the work that makes us comfortable or have lower prices should not be dependent upon bankroll size.

    Again, the most brilliant inventor and entrepreneur would not even be noticed if he didn’t have the workers to realize his dream.

    Someone has to do the so called “dirty jobs”.

    Right now, the California farmers are very concerned about E-Verify, partly because they cannot get Americans to do the hard labor…unless, of course, they are paid more than the illegals.

    Respect for contributions to our economy needs to go both ways. Lack of it causes resentment at best or social upheaval and revolution at worst.

    • Don Tabor says:

      I don’t think Warren, or I , Rand would characterize those who work hard at the lower end of the pay scale as parasites. Those who could support themselves and choose not to certainly are parasites. But there are rather wealthy parasites as well.

      The moochers and looters of Rand’s book are not the poor themselves and especially not the working poor. They are the socialites who aggrandize themselves by doing good with other people’s money, the untalented businessmen who use government connections to advance their interests by dragging down the true entrepreneurs and the politicians who exploit class envy to gain power.

      Those are Rand’s villains, not the working poor. The factories and machines that raise the working poor to a comfortable life are the tycoon’s gift to their employees and are the proof Rand advances of the ultimate good of their principled self interest. By being the best they can be in their business, they raise others with them.

      If you haven’t read ATLAS SHRUGGED in a while, read it again and look at the respect given Eddie Willers and the compassion for Cheryl Taggart and you will see how Rand looks at the honorable poor.

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