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    Going Galt

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Apr 26, 2011 at 02:52:15 PM EST
    Tags: Ayn Rand, Michigan, Movies, Capitalism, Traverse City, Galt, Trains (all tags)

    I support capitalism. It provides something for something. Its what makes legitimate business truly tick. It provides solutions that no amount of coercion can.  It is the milk of prosperity.

    So I am taking the night off, switching the business line to mute, and withholding my skills from the nation for a couple of hours.  I am going to see Atlas Shrugged tonight. In fact, a group of us are going to see if the story was done justice, and if the movie is perhaps a better production than presented by the lefty reviewers who panned it.

    They gave it 1 star.

    The attempt to take on progressives in their own medium is delicious enough to make it worth the $10 ticket.  The fact that the local theater decided to carry the film will earn them at least a bucket of overpriced popcorn sale. If it is good enough, I may even buy the John Galt bobblehead when it comes out in stores everywhere or at McDonalds along with the HamLooter. (Burglar) fanny pack.

    Oh my, good conservatives, I/we have been forewarned.

    ~ More ~

    "Ayn Rand is an ATHEIST!"  Cry the progressives from their debauched platforms.  "For Gods sake Gillman, you cannot witness the work of one who spurned the almighty openly and with such conviction!"  "Rand was a blasphemer!"

    "Rand supported ABORTION Mr. Right To Lifer!"  Yell the planned community Emily's list type of groups. " Is your vision of capitalism worth so much you would expose yourself to the ideas of one who held contempt for those core principles you hold?"

    And so the forked tongues of the left attempt to use our own rules against us.  An Alinsky tactic to divide and pin us down to our beliefs. And for some, it may seem to work.

    However, more than anything, it drives home the differences between the philosophies of conservatives and modern (leftist) liberals.  It also reveals much about how the left considers individual thought to be impossible.  About how discriminating thought, and consideration of ideas that stand so strongly on their own could not possibly exist without a committee of ideas to back them up.

    It shows the shallow and hypocritical ideals of those who can only exist in a pack (or a village).

    So Rand was an Atheist.  What about it?  Hitler, the mass murderer proposed the people's car, (Volkswagen) and my first guess is that a count of VW owners today, swings a heavily left of center ideology. (cue Flower power ad here) I would surmise as well, that most of those folks don't readily agree with mass murder, (see below for exception) yet that car has been historically quite successful.

    Abortion, as Rand expounded is "a moral right."  She believed herself to be consistent, and in some ways she was.  However as she did not recognize the validity of rights granted from our creator, or at least from God, she failed to note the moral dilemma of her position.  Rights granted by man can be stripped by man.  Without the understanding of a higher power, there are no rights, rather only rules that are subject to the whim of the day.

    Leftists, and social progressives eagerly place these messages of Rand's in the face of conservatives as a desperate attempt to denounce the threat they see as being the last brick to fall in the path to a communal paradise.  The desire is to have us so divided based on Rand's failings that the underlying message of capitalism being a good thing goes down the drain as well.

    But ultimately, as hard as it might be for a progressive liberal to imagine conservatives ignoring that repugnant philosophy enough to see the broader message provided in this film, it has done quite well.  As always, the tactics are primitive, the results a misjudging of rational and independent thought.  Something not found among their allies.

    Fortunately for us in Traverse City and other remote areas of Michigan, Conservatives have more common sense than lefty/liberal progressives.  The overwhelming success in the limited venues originally provided gave us an opportunity to view the film without the long drive.  The $10 ticket price is paid for in the mileage savings alone.

    Of course if there was a train ...

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    "Ayn Rand is an ATHEIST!" Um, so what?! (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by maidintheus on Tue Apr 26, 2011 at 06:58:20 PM EST
    God's laws will work for anyone who uses them. Take gravity, love, kindness and so called positive thinking. Economic laws/rules are likewise.

    Saw the movie over the weekend. I even bought a large popcorn. I did go to the concession counter after the movie started to ask for the sound to be turned up. They did and it was a much enjoyed movie. I'm looking forward to sequels!!!

    I recommend: Go see this movie!!!

    Probably a little late to chime in on this one... (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by KG One on Tue Apr 26, 2011 at 07:56:32 PM EST
    ...but if you like the book, you'll definitely love the movie.

    I wasn't too sure how they'd "update" the storyline, but after the first 2-minutes, they came up with a very plausible scenario.

    Now, if only I can get my friends I brought to the movie to quit asking me who John Galt is, and read the book!

    Atlas Is Shrugging (none / 0) (#3)
    by Corinthian Scales on Tue Apr 26, 2011 at 08:41:01 PM EST
    Freedom Works get's an attaboy from me for the job they did interspersing current events in the trailer.

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