When I first heard this, I thought it was weird. Now after watching both parts of Atlas Shrugged, which is based on Ayn Rand’s novel by the same name, I’ve come to realized that John Gault represented more than a character. John Gault was the symbol of free will. John Gault is Capitalism. Capitalism cannot survive without free enterprise. The controllers of corporate companies didn’t rise from nothing by being equally fair, they saw opportunity whenever it was present and seized the moment.

It is omnipresent that this idea of fairness and equality for all is on a runaway train so to speak heading to the loss of the economic system that allowed our nation to achieve greatness during the 19th & 20th centuries. To prosper, there must be competition. To compete, people must create unfairness in order achieve dominating power over someone else. The government shouldn’t be a player or monopolist, but rather as a regulated to make sure there is always competition. This was learned with Theodore Roosevelt when he struck the Square Deal with the industrialist gods at the turn of the 20th Century. (The industrial gods of the time were Carnegie, J. P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller,  etc.) Although we have improved in technology and safety, we have slowed to a grinding halt when it comes to American innovation, that which cemented those men in history. We take Rand’s novels for granted and treat them as far-fetched stories of science fiction. In all reality though, she couldn’t be more right. This was written many years ago, but if we continue as we are, what happens in the novel will be a mirrored image of reality. We still have to change our course we’re on, we just need to finish screwing the light bulb of common sense to see how to extinguish  the fuse of the bomb of ignorance.

“If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders – what would you tell him?”

To shrug.”

– Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

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