It’s been nearly a decade since I’ve read Atlas Shrugged. It is way too long1, and it’s not particularly well written2. At the time, I already knew what to expect; I didn’t take it as a revelation nor did it change any of my opinions.
However, there are some things that make more sense to me every day, and it’s not what people who have only read the synopsis would think.
First of all, it’s not that it advocates for the strike of executives and entrepreneurs, it advocates for the strike of the productive parts of society. The strikers are actually quite diverse in backgrounds, moreover parasites at the top are the ones who take the most heat3.
As a side note, I particularly enjoyed Dagny’s relationship with Rearden4, as well as her judgments of other women. She’s the strong, independent woman that will have no trouble submitting to a man because she wants to.
There is such a clear cut between good guys and the bad guys5 that we are not in a simple story anymore, but in a far-reaching statement on morality, which I actually find much more interesting than the other works of Rand. This really can’t be described, and is the real reason one should read the book; the rest should already be a given.
- Not that I dislike long books; I actually like to go deep into stories, which is why I prefer long books and series. [↩]
- But at least it wasn’t hard to read, being one of the first books I read in English. [↩]
- And this is something libertarians easily forget. Don’t be stuck in defending parasites; they truly are everywhere. [↩]
- Who is me according to this test. [↩]
- It is everywhere, from their actual actions to their names, appearance, manners, etc. [↩]