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This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world and did Was he a destroyer or the greatest of liberators?Why did he have to fight his battle not against his enemies but against those who needed him most and his hardest battle against the woman he loved? What is the world’s motor — and the motive power of every man? You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the characters in this story Tremendous in its scope this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life — from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy — to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working for his own destruction — to the philosopher who becomes a pirate — to the composer who gives up his career on the night of his triumph — to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad — to the lowest track worker in her Terminal tunnels You must be prepared when you read this novel to check every premise at the root of your convictionsThis is a mystery story not about the murder — and rebirth — of man’s spirit It is a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller of violent events a ruthlessly brilliant plot structure and an irresistible suspense Do you say this is impossible? Well that is the first of your premises to check


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    Ayn Rand makes my eyes hurt She does this not by the length of her six hundred thousand word diatribe but rather by the frequency with which she causes me to roll them Do you want to know what I’ve learned after spending nearly two months reading Ayn Rand’s crap? Here’s a brief rundown Breakfast of Champions styleSocialists are scary Socialists are frightening creatures who lurk in corners waiting to pounce on you They are unpredictable they have curvature of the spine and they often foam at the mouthThis is a socialist Capitalists on the other hand are calm and rational beings who never lose their tempers You can always trust a capitalist And they are super easy to spot too—just look for the hummingbirds who sew their clothes for themThis is a capitalist Ayn Rand’s characters come in only two flavors and which kind you get depends solely on the extent to which they embody her philosophical ideals The capitalists the “good guys” are the moral heroes of the story the ones who fight back against economic regulation This regulation is seen as unwanted intervention the government essentially trespassing on one’s property rights by means of unfair unfair to the capitalists I might point out legislation The “bad guys” are of course represented by the socialists—the ones passing the legislation although Rand does a good job of throwing anyone else into this category who while not active participants in passing these laws may not be totally opposed to them eitherThe problem with all of this is the fact that her characters are not at all believable They are robots who mechanically spew forth her inane drivel or if they are of the other flavor behave in a manner so utterly ridiculous as to demonstrate the rationality of the capitalist over the vicious gun toting socialist who’s come to rob your house rape your Ma and shoot your Pa Rand is so egregious in the maltreatment of her antithetic characters that it’s almost laughable Beyond that the narrative itself is monotonous and repetitive This is not exactly a beach readBut even if I were to put all of that aside I still wouldn’t be able to get over the fact that Rand’s argument here is to put an end to social collectivism of every form That means no social security no unemployment insurance no federally funded health care no public roads no public housing no public education no income taxes no property taxes—does this not sound insane? I get the whole “ooh” and “aah” aspect of libertarian freedoms but I’m betting there wouldn’t be a lot of volunteers willing to relinquish their adequately funded public services on the basis of a free market economy And ultimately this is the fundamental principle on which Rand and I disagree Although I do believe and strongly that the government should have no authority to interfere in the private lives of its citizens do I think the government should also abstain from interfering in the regulation of the economy? Hellz no I want those corporate mother fuckers taxed and if that means Ima start foaming at the mouth then so be itUltimately this novel is absurdist fiction than dystopian fiction Rand takes an all in or all out approach to problem solving there can be no moral ambiguity—either you’re with her or you’re not and I’m not But what does she care? Rand is an unabashed admirer of the wealthy industrialist and it is for him that she bats her eyes and licks her lips not for me