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Atlas Shrugged is a stupid book


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Has anyone else read "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand? Not that I would recommend this book by any means. I am thinking about it because of a story I saw on Rachel Maddow, who was showing Analyst on FOX news talking about how some important business people are "Going Gault". That is, they are planning to leave or cut production to punish the country for it's new domestic fiscal policy. "Atlas Shrugged" is one of the books that asshole businessmen and politicians have always used to justify their horrible behavior, much like Niccolo Machiavelli's "The Prince". Unlike "The Prince", which is a good book written by a person with a sense of humor, "Atlas Shrugged" is a unnecessarily long winded narrative written by a someone with no sense of humor. I have not read it for a long time, but I do remember the descriptive style of the author being akin to that of a really pissed 4th grader. Every chapter had sentences where the main character "knew she was looking at the most evil whatever she has ever seen in her entire life". In order to make it's only point, this book takes place in a fantasy American of the future where trains are the main mode of transportation and, in a complete opposition to America's current problems, there is a massive depression caused by an overregulating government which is systematically stopping business from succeeding. I always though this was a weighty book just to straw man workers rights as communism and especially unnecessary in a country which has, for good or ill, always been controlled by a small group of elite people. I really hate the book, any thoughts? And can we force all the guys from AIG "Go Gault", maybe put them on a boat to fuck up someone China's economy? That would be cool.