1957 – 1168 pages
I read in an article, that this book was given away to employees in capitalist places. I felt dead curious, I finally finished it!
John Galt was a highly motivated engineer.
The company he worked for, was taken over by the family.
They had these ethical moral beliefs.
We will all get paid the same.
All workers agreed.
John knew what would happen. He said he would stop the motor of it.
What everyone secretly thought was, ‘I’ll get a share of that rich bastard as I deserve it too.
The problem was, it created all sort of scumbags.
You wanted to have more babies, have more sick family so you’d get more money than your work colleague.
If you were good at your work, you’d be asked to work double, and someone else would get the benefits.
Soon, everyone wanted to do the minimum at work, so they wouldn’t have to work harder, if everyone got the same.
There was no motivation to be a bright employee, no reward. Just punishment. For the sake of fair share.
The company went bankrupt.
He recruited Francisco D’Anconia, a wealthy man.
He agreed with the concept.
Dagny Taggart was a coldhearted professional woman running a railroad.
Hank Rearden fought for 10 years to develop his metal. Everyone was skeptical.
Government wanted him to delay it, not to hurt the economy.
He refused to.
Dagny trusted him and needed his metal for her new train line.
Everyone wanted his metal after they tested it.
Francisco then invested in a dodgy train scheme. The rail company got nationalised, all the rich bastards lost money, following his move.
WHY? Everyone wondered.
He said, “Well that would be the ethical thing to do, get the poor what they wanted, money for things they were not be able to build”.
All successful businessmen were quitting and leaving with no trace, no materials could be bought.
Washington’s moronic impositions came:
1. Trains cannot run at 100mph, only 60mph.
2. Not 80 cars, 60. Delaying transportation.
3. Cannot sell unfair amounts
The Government wanted to buy his metal. He said ‘Take it and steal it, I won’t agree to sell it to you’.
The worst came:
4. All inventions to be handed to Government.
5. No one allowed to invent or quit their jobs.
He was caught overselling and put on trial. He dismissed them. ‘I will not let you hide what you are doing, stealing my wealth’.
Moronic impositions were their trick to blackmailing men, rules were imposed expected to be broken.
Hank Rearden was married. His wife wasn’t a fancy woman. She always despised his hard work, the lack of humanity and understanding that he had for his family.
All he cared for was his work. He tolerated his wife, mum and leech brother who never worked.
It was obvious he was going to be attracted to a professional like Dagny Taggart was.
Although they cheated on his wife, as the book goes on, he thinks about his wife: “Why did she even marry me’? If he’s always treated like he’s not human. She didn’t want his money either.
She found out about the affair and she forced him to stay married. He felt obliged to stay, as a duty to the promise he made.
His wife turned him over to the crows, the Washington morons, as she handed his most precious secret. His infidelity. He cheated on her. Him, the strong ethical man. The book’s theory is, some people enjoy destroying others.
They blackmailed him.
He didn’t care about his reputation at all, he never did. But he didn’t want Dagny to suffer the consequences. He handed his patent to them to spare her. He accepted their corrupted moral code and broke from it afterwards.
Dagny went missing for a month. Hank was a mess (& her original lover, Francisco, what a femme fatale!)
She found Atlantis where all the businessmen were. They were on a strike.
Hence the title.
They wanted to show that without their talents, their world would collapse.
Similar to what Trump tried to do.
Only John Galt ‘s purpose was ethical: A trader is a man who earns what he gets and does not give or take the undeserved.
I never expected Dagny to come out clean and admit, “Yes, I slept with him. Yes I enjoyed it.”
All in a radio broadcast, for everyone to listen to.
Hank realised she no longer loved him, as she spoke about him in the past time, and let go of her gracefully.
He realised his biggest sin was not to admit he loved Dagny. To live hiding.
She fell for John Galt.
After this, Hank bought all the judges, solicitors and everyone involved to arrange the divorce. He had enough of living a lie.
There are no evil thoughts except one; the refusal to think.
Up until the end, I wouldn’t understand why DagnyTaggart should join them, neither did she. She was a hard worker, it wouldn’t cross our minds to quit.
Only in the end, as they tortured John, I understood it was impossible to negotiate w those morons. The only language they understand is money
They left, but they would eventually come back and fix the mess the Government created, on THEIR terms.
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