Atlas Shrugged finished
I finished Atlas Shrugged today. I am listening to it as an audio book and it was over 52 hours long. I think it was worth the time. The story of Dagny Taggart is compelling. Years ago I read Fountain Head, also by Ayn Rand, which at the time I thought was a wonderful book. This is so much the better. I can not suggest strongly enough that everyone read it.
This story reminds me of how many people are attack through ridicule in our media. True words and good deeds are often distorted through false premises. "Shouldn't we help our neighbor?" are words I heard too often. The answer is of course yes, but then a thick layer of taxation (redistribution of wealth) and false charity are put forth and we are expected to simply give away our money, time and labor. Nancy Pelosi wanted "health care" bill passed so that people can be artists and not have to work or pay bills. Who would be the doctor (or pay the doctor) if we all want to become artists? Who would be able to buy the art we all make?
I feel as if I had scales removed from my eyes. I understand the nature of the looters we have in congress and the moochers that continue to vote them into office. I knew it before, I just could not put my finger on how or why it was wrong.