Atlas Shrugged: The Passion of Eddie Willers, Part II

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter XAnd now, the crowning infamy.The last time we saw poor, tragic Eddie Willers, he'd set out on a suicide mission to restore Taggart service in California - technically against Dagny's wishes, but she didn't make more than a feeble effort to dissuade him. Now, at the very end of the novel, we find out what happened to him:The locomotive of the eastbound Comet broke down in the middle of a desert in Arizona....When Eddie Willers called for the … [Read more...]

Some Right-Wing Christians Enthusiastically Promoting a Form of Genocide

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.In 2014, Charisma magazine, a major media outlet for evangelical and Pentecostal Christians, published an open call to genocide. The article in question, titled "Why I Am Absolutely Islamaphobic" [sic] and written by Gary Cass, begins with the premise that "every true follower of Mohammed" wants to "subjugate and murder" non-Muslims, and therefore it's impossible for Christians to live together peacefully with them.Cass proposes three … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Galtocaust

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter X(Thanks to Sajanas for the title suggestion!)With John Galt on board safe and sound, the capitalists' plane heads for the Gulch and freedom, leaving the looters' world behind. The countryside below them is "an empty black sheet", reduced to darkness by the collapse of society:But when the place that had once been the source of the tide — New York City — rose in the distance before them, it was still extending its lights to the sky, still defying th … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Non-Altruistic Rescue Squad

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter XThe elite capitalist strike force consisting of Dagny, Francisco, Hank and Ragnar Danneskjold has gotten into the State Science Institute (you know, by executing a defenseless guard in cold blood). But between them and John Galt, there's a laboratory where eight more armed guards are sitting in wait. Hank takes the lead:It was Rearden's face that saved him from being shot on sight when he entered: his face was too well known to them and too … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Spotlight

Spotlight tells the true story of four journalists at the Boston Globe who broke the story of how the Catholic church protected priests who molested children. Their reporting proved the complicity of Cardinal Bernard Law, the archbishop of Boston who'd been quietly shuffling pedophile clergy from one parish to another for decades, and led to an explosion of copycat reporting as cities and towns throughout the country and the world realized the same evils were happening in their midst.Stories … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: To a Gas Chamber, Go

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter XEven as John Galt is outwitting his torturers at the State Science Institute, outside, the capitalists' non-altruistic rescue mission is underway:Dagny walked straight toward the guard who stood at the door of "Project F." Her steps sounded purposeful, even and open, ringing in the silence of the path among the trees. She raised her head to a ray of moonlight, to let him recognize her face."Let me in," she said."No admittance," he answered in … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: Does Not Compute

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter IXAs we've seen previously, the villains of Atlas Shrugged are strangely reluctant to actually do anything evil. But now that they've run out of options, they've finally decided to act like villains by torturing John Galt. (Insert "Muahahaha!" laughter here.) It's all part of their evil master plan to force him to give in to their nefarious demands that he, um, save the world.OK, look, they're pretty new at this villainy thing. Maybe they're still a … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Survival Instinct

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter IXWhen John Galt curses out America on live television, the ballroom erupts in chaos. The broadcast is instantly cut off, and some guests scream or flee in panic, while others freeze in terror. The thugs guarding Galt hustle him away. Seeing Mr. Thompson and the other looters make a hasty departure through a side exit, Dagny follows unobtrusively and listens at the door:She found them huddled in a small, private study: Mr. Thompson was slumped in an … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: Collateral Damage

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter IXThere's one scene from the previous chapter that fits better here. While John Galt is being held captive, there's one person he asks to see: his old teacher, Robert Stadler. Stadler, who sold his soul to the looters long ago, is hysterical with terror at the prospect and begs them not to make him do it, but they shove him into the room anyway:Across the long room, he saw John Galt sitting on the window sill, a tall, slender figure in slacks and … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Passion of Eddie Willers, Part I

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter VIIIAs we've seen throughout this book, Eddie Willers is by far the best character in Atlas Shrugged.Unlike the other characters, who are mostly millionaire heirs with superhuman competencies and inhuman emotionlessness, he's the only regular joe. He's more loyal and devoted to his job than even Dagny is: when she quits the company in a fit of pique, and then later vanishes for a month into Galt's Gulch, both times Eddie steps in and keeps the company … [Read more...]