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What Would John Galt Do?- Facebook Edition

By Taylor Marvin

Libertarian Facebook ads: the gift that keeps on giving.

If the phrase “marathon of literature” describes any book, it’s Atlas Shrugged. If you want to be able to make it through 70 pages of one character speaking you better put in some serious training beforehand, and even then you might collapse halfway through anyway.

There’s a serious angle to this. A few months ago it was reported that Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee and one of the most influential drivers of Republican economic policy, requires his staffers to read Atlas Shrugged. This is troubling. If I was an important congressman and required all of my staffers to watch Star Wars I’d be seen as quirky, but no one would have any real reason to be concerned. However, if I believed that the politics of Star Wars offered literal policy solutions for the US and I was in a position to enact those policies we’d have a problem, because Star Wars isn’t reality. Atlas Shrugged actually has a lot less in common with the real world than Star Wars, because the characters in Star Wars occasionally behave in a way that actual humans do. Sure, Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead are entertaining- they’re easy to read and are genuinely suspenseful. But Rand’s depiction of the world isn’t even a simplification of reality but a wholesale fantasy replacement for it. Members of society don’t neatly separate themselves into intellectual supermen and worthless looters, and real people would actually die if the government didn’t provide social services, a fact that Rand conveniently ignores. If you’re mature enough to read Atlas Shrugged and see it as an entertaining fantasy, fine. However, if, like Ryan, you describe Rand’s work as “the reason I got involved in public service” then you’re probably taking it too seriously. If Paul Ryan is truly influenced by Atlas Shrugged then he’s designing fiscal policy to fit a universe that doesn’t exist.

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  1. Paul Ryan requiring his staffers to read Atlas Shrugged is more disturbing than you can ever imagine. The author of Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand is perported to have been the mistress of Phillipe Rothschild, Illuminati. This book is a “blue print” or “Bible” for the New World Order. When the book was published in 1957, no one could have seen the 911 connection, because the events had not come to pass. On the second page of Atlas Shrugged, the author talks about a calendar that is suspended between two skyscrapers in New York depicting a date suspended in the sky. The date was September 2. The protagonist never liked the date of the calendar and looks away because of the uneasy feeling that it conjurs. “He thought suddenly that there was some phrase, a kind of quotatio, that expressed what the calendar seemed to suggest. But he could not recall it. He walked groping for a sentence that hung in his mind as an empty shape. He could neither fill it nor dismiss it. He glanced back. The white rectangle stood above the roofs, saying in immovable finality: September 2.” When I read this passage, immediately 911 came to mind. I could not have created a better description of what the phrase 911 means, or the emotion the phrase elicits. Ayn Rand prophetically described the date and the horror associated with the phrase that every American who lived through 911 feels even today. Today as the S&P downgrades our fiscal rating to AA, it looks like reality is mirroring the “art” of “Atlas Shrugged.”

    August 8, 2011
  2. greg #

    Jackie, you bring up some good points. The new world order must be stopped at all costs. I just came across this blog now. There’s quite a bit of celebrities rumored attached to be attached to the illuminati as well. Check out this video:

    January 27, 2012

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