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Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand and Who is John Galt?

So I finally finished this book.  I am not sure what can be said about it that hasn’t been said before.

I could describe the story line but everyone else has.  So here is my take or thoughts on it.  The book goes to a few extremes.  I don’t think every thinking person would leave many are too passionate to do that.  However if they did the world would crumble.  I do know a bunch of people too timid to make a decision now so that was kind of interesting to me.

I do however think one thing about this book that I think is probably new.  It should be REQUIRED reading for any person wanting to hold the office of Mayor or higher in Government Service.  If not this book at least a look at the underlying philosophy of it or something near it.  I am not saying that one should get preachy that is where everyone screws up.  It just shows what can happen at the various extreme positions and perhaps get people to not be that deep into any of those extremes.

Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

I have been reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.  I am maybe 150 pages away from finished.  I have to say it is a good book, not bad.  Its well written (although she could have used an editor and the author is looooooong winded).

I agree with various people.  You can probably go through the current administration and assign some of the characters in the book to various people in the administration and come close.  But I think you can probably say that of the last three administrations.  Maybe not to the extreme that is happening today but it probably works.  That’s the good point to the book.

I have always wondered what would happen if the hard working folks ever left and decided to stop.  I think the book captures it well of the consequences of that.

It is a good book, it probably works for our time and the last 20 years.  More extreme as we go forward in time which is kind of the point of the book…