Commentary: Atlas Shrugged 1
Join me (or don’t, if it’s not in your self-interest) for a romp thru part one of Ayn Rand’s garden of selfish delights. It’s the heartwarming tale of two star-crossed corporate executives and their quest to figure out why the heck they can’t get the steel and train engines they need and who this guy John Galt is. I explain who the heck Ayn Rand is and why she is so woefully wrong about economics, politics, and industry. And I compare the movie to 2-Headed Shark Attack and soap operas.
I generally praise the sets and effects and acting, unlike the communists who write most of the reviews, but I admit that it’s about as dull as people talking can be when your villain is wrongheaded government economic policies. But I have fun with it and keep it light. For example, I propose that Packers and Vikings fans would be the first to break down and resort cannibalism.
- Ayn Rand (I note that she was purged from the university she attended, but she was in fact later allowed to finish and graduate)
- the Orwellianly named Clear Skies Act
- Marx’s hilariously wrong labor theory of value
I’m watching on Netflix. Start the commentary after the production logo, on the countdown.