Ducatista wrote:Detritus wrote:Cliff Notes Ayn Rand
Too much detail, I think.
WAY too much. But this part, about Dagny's arrival at Galt's Gulch...
All the great men she admires are here — inventors, industrialists, philosophers, scientists, and artists.
...reminds me of a giant flaw in Rand's adolescent fantasy that I recognized even as an adolescent: With the probable exception of the industrialists, "all the great men" wouldn't be caught dead in her godawful gated community.
I would go even one step further. In stark contrast to Rand's scenario, "all the great men" are perfectly capable of prospering in our dystopia. Speaking personally, as an inventor, industrialist, scientist, and artist: Nobody from the government has ever told me that I'm too successful, or that I have to step aside to give lesser competitors a chance.
Another observation is that inventors, scientists, and artists are disproportionately absent from the Republican Party. The term "industrialist" is vague (though I enjoy using it because it sounds robust) and I've known self-described philosophers who lean pretty far to the right. Rand assigned an engineering degree to her heroine. Engineers tend to be more conservative (look up Salem Hypothesis). What would she think of an entire generation of young people choosing "business" as their college major?