Atlas Shrugged: Buy Local

Farmer's Market

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VIIIWhen the villains put Directive 10-289 into effect two chapters earlier, Dagny quit her job and flounced out. This chapter opens with her living in hermetic solitude, at an old rural cabin in Woodstock that she inherited:The sun touched the tree tops on the slope of the hill, and they looked a bluish-silver, catching the color of the sky. Dagny stood at the door of the cabin, with the first sunrays on her forehead and miles of forest spread under … [Read more...]

Book Reviews: Fighting Back the Right, Living the Secular Life

Dec2014BookReviews

(Author's Note: The following reviews were solicited and are written in accordance with this site's policy for such reviews.)Fighting Back the Right by David NioseI previously reviewed Nonbeliever Nation by David Niose, a past president of the American Humanist Association. His new book, Fighting Back the Right, tells the story of how the right wing became a formidable force in America's culture wars and what we can do about it.The modern conservative movement, in Niose's account, is … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: Midnight Train to Death, Part III

GrimReaper

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VIIPulled by a coal-burning engine that's not designed for the poorly ventilated tunnel it's about to enter, the doomed train chugs upward into the mountains:Some of the passengers aboard the Comet were awake. As the train started its coiling ascent, they saw the small cluster of Winston's lights at the bottom of the darkness beyond their windows... A black veil went streaking past the windows at times, dimming the lights: it was the heavy smoke from … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: Midnight Train to Death, Part II

Tunnel

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VIIStuck on a train in the middle of nowhere, Kip Chalmers is furious, and is inundating the head office with telegrams demanding that he be given transportation or else. In New York, James Taggart is woken out of bed late at night, and like any good boss, responds by spreading the misery around to his subordinates. The order goes down the chain, and a curt message is sent to the superintendent of the Colorado Division, Dave Mitchum:"Give an engine to … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: Midnight Train to Death, Part I

NightTrain

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VIIIn the previous installment, I wrote that we were approaching the most infamous scene in Atlas Shrugged. The scene that ends this chapter, more than any other, lays bare what Rand thinks of people who don't subscribe to her philosophy - and what she believes should happen to them because of it.But I'm getting ahead of myself. First, the setting: we're in the wilderness of Colorado, late at night, on a Taggart Transcontinental train that's climbing a … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: Death and Taxes

BostonTeaParty

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VIIWhen someone pops up out of nowhere on a lonely road late at night to hand you a bar of gold, it probably wouldn't be your first impulse to wonder how they determined how much gold to give you. But Hank Rearden is curious, and Ragnar Danneskjold has an answer for that, too:"If men refuse to pay the debt they owe you, this is the manner in which they will pay for it. But there is one part of the debt which is computed and on record. That is the part … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: Goldbuggery

GoldBars

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VIIRagnar Danneskjold continues explaining his business plan:"I have been selling the cargoes I retrieved to some special customers of mine in this country, who pay me in gold. Also, I have been selling my cargoes to the smugglers and the black-market traders of the People's States of Europe. Do you know the conditions of existence in those People's States? Since production and trade — not violence — were decreed to be crimes, the best men of Europe had … [Read more...]

A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 8

This is part 8 of my "Think! Of God and Government" debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew's reply.Hello Andrew,We'll get into consciousness soon, but before we do, I have a few more things I want to say about the problem of evil. Let's jump right into it:The emergence of free, loving, moral, and compassionate human beings comes at quite a price - the duality of nature and the duality of humanity. God created a universe to result in the … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: Prince of Thieves

RobinHood

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VIIHank Rearden asks Ragnar Danneskjold, the pirate, why he's chosen a life of violence against society, rather than just disappearing like the vanished industrialists:The shock that came next was to see Danneskjold smile: it was like seeing the first green of spring on the sculptured planes of an iceberg. Rearden realized suddenly, for the first time, that Danneskjold's face was more than handsome, that it had the startling beauty of physical … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Highwayman

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VIIHank Rearden has moved into an apartment in Philadelphia, so as not to have to see his family anymore. He's also - finally - begun divorce proceedings against Lillian, handing his lawyer a blank check and telling him: "I don't care what means you use, how many of their judges you purchase or whether you find it necessary to stage a frame-up of my wife." (Remember, bribery, fraud and false accusations are fine, as long as it's a Capitalist Hero doing … [Read more...]


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