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No Time to Read Atlas Shrugged? Just Watch Idiocracy. Same basic Premise.

Was trying to think of a way to sum up a point from the novel Atlas Shrugged, trying to simplify it, when I thought 'Just watch Idiocracy.'

Better yet, download the Atlas audiobook, and watch Idiocracy on youtube.

If you're not familiar, here is the basic plot line for both stories:

The 'people of mind' are unappreciated and abused, so over time they vanish.

Society degenerates to the point of collapse.

A hero is discovered. One of the 'smart guys' who had disappeared long ago. The masses demand that he fix the broken system, that he use his brain to solve all of their problems.

Despite being begged to help them, the people continue to laugh at and scorn every idea for fixing things that the man comes up with.

Oh, and they, the main characters in each book, get beatings/physical punishment for not creating quick fixes.

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Any other similarities anyone can think of?




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I read Atlas Shrugged

Reading Atlas Shrugged once is like reading Atlas Shrugged 4 times over again. I gotta say though, I find it odd that those fighting oppression would turn to Atlas Shrugged as a philosophic guide. While there may be something to be said for its libertarian bent, it seems to me that the ominous forces that are running rampant throughout the world are a product of the same values put forth in Atlas Shrugged. While AS may be a critique of christian socialism, the solution according to Ayn Rand is for those who have the means to actively destroy the world in order to prime it for those who consider themselves above the rest of mankind. It seems to me that both government and private interests are taking place at the same time: government is becoming too big and destructive, and private interests are destroying the world for personal gain. So ultimately I think that all parties in Atlas Shrugged are bad, except for Henry Reardon and Dagny Taggart, who try to make the best of a losing situation, while at the end are accepted into the new society (created by those who destroy civilization). I am not sure how I would feel if after all of this those private interests who are bent on destroying the world, and who I am desperately trying to fight against, suddenly turned to me and said, "we are destroying the world for people like you, everlasticity. Come and join us in a world free of government where our superior intellect and ability allow us to remake the world while the rest of mankind wallows in their own filth". Not sure how I would feel.

One more minor character in Atlas who wasn't evil....

...Sharon Taggart, James' wife, who innocently tries to understand the world of her husband and is destroyed by the effort...

Pandas: The Silent Killer?
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I got one....

Both claim to be or were written to be works of fiction... And often thought to be stark warnings about the future.... But at this point in time both actually serve as a roadmap to how we got where we currently are.

Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy. -Ron Paul 7/10/03