2BFree wrote:Fairminded wrote:My main problem with "Atlas Shrugged" is that Rand seems to think the "productive" members of society are the wealthy elite who produce rather than leeching off the labors of others. It seems Rand's assumption is that it's the productive wealthy that are being leeched off of.
She doesn't seem to realize that these "productive" people she idolizes are equally guilty of either prospering off the labor of those beneath them, or claiming the natural resources of large areas as their own and profiting off exploiting them.
You want to see a real Atlas Shrugged, check out if everyone who actually knew how to work and produce things decided to take off and leave all Rand's "productive" rich people holding the bag.
The "main problem" you put forth is not what Rand "seems to think" but an erroneous interpretation of what she is attempting to communicate through the 1074 pages if one can survive the literary marathon. She is trying to show how the "productive" can be preyed upon by the "unproductive" through the monopoly of force which only the "government" has been granted by the "productive". She is illustrating the dichotomy of the individual and the collective and how the "individual" is the only thing that can combat the unproductive "collectivist". She also makes a point that the so called "wealthy elites" are not people that sit in big offices with elaborate furnishings but are functional capable people that have built their fortunes from the ground up and are being pillaged by "bureaucrats" that see themselves as elites and entitled to the spoils from their looting of the productive individualists. Of course, she does make a point that some of the "underlings" believe in the "collectivist" concepts but most of the key people were similar in their beliefs as their bosses and seem to be quitting and disappearing as eventually the bosses did. Your last statement is exactly what Rand illustrates if you had actually read the whole book. The "productive individual" whether the owner or an employee can bring to their knees the "collectivist bureaucrat" by just not producing anymore. I would also recommend Rand's "The Fountainhead" which set me personally on this road when I was in my teens. Who is John Galt?...
Is Ayn Rand’s philosophy compatible with the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
http://www.millennialstar.org/is-ayn-ra ... us-christ/
...pretty much points out the major flaw in libertarianism....as well as why those in power would promote it.