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"Atlas Shrugged" And America Today

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I just watched parts one and two of "Atlas Shrugged" this week, and it was amazing how much the things taking place resemble modern day America.  The politicians today are as corrupt as those in the movies.  The attempt to control everyone's behavior through numerous government regulations are the same today as they were in the story.  The only difference I see is that they had gone a little further than we have, but not all that much, and I could see things snowballing out of control to where we are in the exact condition as those in the movies.  If you haven't seen "Atlas Shrugged," it is on Netflix through Saturday, if you pay for that service.  You should have more time to watch the second part, and I understand there is a third movie in the series coming out this month.  I had heard a lot about this story for a long time, and was interested in it, but thought it might be boring.  The movies were very interesting, well worth watching.  They are rated PG-13, and there was a little bit of adult content and a couple of bad words here and there, but it was a mild PG-13 based on a comparison to other movies I have seen.  I would have probably given them a PG.  If you have seen "Atlas Shrugged" I would be interested in your thoughts about it. 

 

Who is John Galt? 



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For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Isaiah 57:15

 

~

 

I just watched parts one and two of "Atlas Shrugged" this week, and it was amazing how much the things taking place resemble modern day America. 

 

The politicians today are as corrupt as those in the movies. 

 

The attempt to control everyone's behavior through numerous government regulations are the same today as they were in the story.

 

:thumbsup:

 

Brother,

 

There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.

 

There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.

 

There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives,

 

to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men. Proverbs 30:12-13

 

You Got That Right

 

The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough:

 

The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough. Proverbs 30:15-16

 

~

 

And As For Her Message


Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. Colossians 2:8

 

Ayn Rand O'Connor's Objectivism Or Individualism Is On One Side Of The Coin

 

Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. Jeremiah 17:5

 

With Karl Marx's Marxism Or Collectivism On The Other Side

 

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. Jeremiah 17:5

 

And That Coin Beloved, Is Man

 

Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.

Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.

 

But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities. Jeremiah 10:6-8

 

And This Is What I Think

 

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalms 23:1

 

Love, Your Brother Joe



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I just watched parts one and two of "Atlas Shrugged" this week, and it was amazing how much the things taking place resemble modern day America.  The politicians today are as corrupt as those in the movies.  The attempt to control everyone's behavior through numerous government regulations are the same today as they were in the story.  The only difference I see is that they had gone a little further than we have, but not all that much, and I could see things snowballing out of control to where we are in the exact condition as those in the movies.  If you haven't seen "Atlas Shrugged," it is on Netflix through Saturday, if you pay for that service.  You should have more time to watch the second part, and I understand there is a third movie in the series coming out this month.  I had heard a lot about this story for a long time, and was interested in it, but thought it might be boring.  The movies were very interesting, well worth watching.  They are rated PG-13, and there was a little bit of adult content and a couple of bad words here and there, but it was a mild PG-13 based on a comparison to other movies I have seen.  I would have probably given them a PG.  If you have seen "Atlas Shrugged" I would be interested in your thoughts about it. 

 

Who is John Galt? 

I read the book by Ann Rand years ago, and can't for the life of me remember too much about it except that it was a good read and a best seller.



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I can get part II on netflix, but I'd have to pay for part I at amazon.     Is just watching part two a good idea or should I spring for part one also.



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Part one is supposed to be available through Saturday night on Netflix.  I watched it Tuesday night, and I saw part two last night.  You should be able to watch them both if you already subscribe to Netflix.  Just make sure you do it by Saturday.  It will be removed Sunday.  I would definitely watch both parts to get the full effect.  I thought part two was the end, and it had left some things to the imagination, but now I understand they are about to release a third part that should clear up what exactly happened at the end of the second movie, and tell us more about John Galt.  It was one of those movies that kept me fully engaged from start to finish, and wanting to see more.  I think it is because I can relate to the situation the people find themselves in, and because I despise socialism and communism. 



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Butero I think you're onto something. This was actually one of the first threads I started here at Worthy back in 2012: Atlas Shrugged Part 2 - Science Fiction?  
                      

Spoiler alert if you haven't seen the movie yet...

 

In Atlas Shrugged Part 2 in the not so distant future a law is passed called the “Fair Share Act.” The act says basically you cannot buy, sell, or produce more than what is labeled a fair share for all of society.Who determines this? The government. Gasoliine in the movie is $40 a gallon so transportation is limited to trains.

Due to a national emergency and the decline of the economy the President of the U.S. issues Directive 10-289. This set of laws is designed to freeze the economy in its present state and prevent further decline.

What does this directive do?

1. According to the directive, workers must remain in their present jobs or face prison, and all businesses must remain in operation.

2. All patents and copyrights must be turned over to the government by means of voluntary Gift Certificates. No new devices, inventions, or products can be produced.

3. Every company is required to produce the same amount of goods as the previous year, no more and no less.

4. Wages and prices are to be frozen, and every citizen is required to spend the same amount of money as in the previous year.

5. All research departments must close except for the State Science Institute.

6. To oversee the law, the Bureau of Economic Planning appoints a Unification Board, whose rulings are final.
 


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I just watched parts one and two of "Atlas Shrugged" this week, and it was amazing how much the things taking place resemble modern day America.  The politicians today are as corrupt as those in the movies.  The attempt to control everyone's behavior through numerous government regulations are the same today as they were in the story.  The only difference I see is that they had gone a little further than we have, but not all that much, and I could see things snowballing out of control to where we are in the exact condition as those in the movies.  If you haven't seen "Atlas Shrugged," it is on Netflix through Saturday, if you pay for that service.  You should have more time to watch the second part, and I understand there is a third movie in the series coming out this month.  I had heard a lot about this story for a long time, and was interested in it, but thought it might be boring.  The movies were very interesting, well worth watching.  They are rated PG-13, and there was a little bit of adult content and a couple of bad words here and there, but it was a mild PG-13 based on a comparison to other movies I have seen.  I would have probably given them a PG.  If you have seen "Atlas Shrugged" I would be interested in your thoughts about it. 

 

Who is John Galt? 

I read the book by Ann Rand years ago, and can't for the life of me remember too much about it except that it was a good read and a best seller.

 

 

It's actually a very interesting commentary on what the future could hold.

 

I can get part II on netflix, but I'd have to pay for part I at amazon.     Is just watching part two a good idea or should I spring for part one also.

I watched part 2 first. Then went back and watched part 1. Part 2 is better and significantly more relevant IMO.



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I just watched parts one and two of "Atlas Shrugged" this week, and it was amazing how much the things taking place resemble modern day America.  The politicians today are as corrupt as those in the movies.  The attempt to control everyone's behavior through numerous government regulations are the same today as they were in the story.  The only difference I see is that they had gone a little further than we have, but not all that much, and I could see things snowballing out of control to where we are in the exact condition as those in the movies.  If you haven't seen "Atlas Shrugged," it is on Netflix through Saturday, if you pay for that service.  You should have more time to watch the second part, and I understand there is a third movie in the series coming out this month.  I had heard a lot about this story for a long time, and was interested in it, but thought it might be boring.  The movies were very interesting, well worth watching.  They are rated PG-13, and there was a little bit of adult content and a couple of bad words here and there, but it was a mild PG-13 based on a comparison to other movies I have seen.  I would have probably given them a PG.  If you have seen "Atlas Shrugged" I would be interested in your thoughts about it. 

 

Who is John Galt? 

I read the book by Ann Rand years ago, and can't for the life of me remember too much about it except that it was a good read and a best seller.

 

 

It's actually a very interesting commentary on what the future could hold.

 

I can get part II on netflix, but I'd have to pay for part I at amazon.     Is just watching part two a good idea or should I spring for part one also.

I watched part 2 first. Then went back and watched part 1. Part 2 is better and significantly more relevant IMO.

 

Well, we're going fishing for two weeks again Saturday so I just went off the deep end and bought the book.



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That is one way to get the story, read the book.  GE, I loved part one, but I agree that part two was better.  I still would hate to have missed the first part of the story.  I do believe that the things that took place in "Atlas Shrugged"  could really happen if we the people keep allowing the government to continue passing unconstitutional laws.  I don't know if you read "Agenda 21" by Glen Beck, but it is another example of where things could be heading if liberalism goes unchecked.  Of course, it is obvious Beck didn't actually write the book, but used his name to get the story out there.  It is well worth reading. 



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As I understand John Gault is more involved in part 3 which is going to come out soon. I heard an interview with the film maker. Much of the interview had to do with how it resembles today. 



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I just watched parts one and two of "Atlas Shrugged" this week, and it was amazing how much the things taking place resemble modern day America.  The politicians today are as corrupt as those in the movies.  The attempt to control everyone's behavior through numerous government regulations are the same today as they were in the story.  The only difference I see is that they had gone a little further than we have, but not all that much, and I could see things snowballing out of control to where we are in the exact condition as those in the movies.  If you haven't seen "Atlas Shrugged," it is on Netflix through Saturday, if you pay for that service.  You should have more time to watch the second part, and I understand there is a third movie in the series coming out this month.  I had heard a lot about this story for a long time, and was interested in it, but thought it might be boring.  The movies were very interesting, well worth watching.  They are rated PG-13, and there was a little bit of adult content and a couple of bad words here and there, but it was a mild PG-13 based on a comparison to other movies I have seen.  I would have probably given them a PG.  If you have seen "Atlas Shrugged" I would be interested in your thoughts about it. 

 

Who is John Galt? 

I read the book by Ann Rand years ago, and can't for the life of me remember too much about it except that it was a good read and a best seller.

 

Thank you for mentioning the book....    so far it is going to be one of those books that is much better than the movies.   It's kind of hard to put down....   but since it's 1:00 AM, I guess I should go to bed.



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So did you finish the book Other One? What'd you think?



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I just watched the 1st and 2nd  movie on Saturday night back to back and all I could say is wow.  It certainly depicts the depths of socialism (which is just another word for communism) and how it can affect our nation.  The thing about it was just how realistic it could be in reality if our freedoms keep getting taking from us one by one over time we will become subservients to the government coming in line with the new world order.  Considering the fact that the movies were based upon a novel that was written a long while back and is not a new book.  Shows the author obviously had futuristic insight into our corrupt government back at the time they wrote it.  It is just staggering in light of the days we are currently living in and where things could be headed.  I sort of seen the break up of our nation as we know it now into regions but who knows everything will come to pass according to the will of God.  Definately looking forward to seeing the third movie coming out and finding out just who John Galt is.  Curiousity has got the better of me. 



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So did you finish the book Other One? What'd you think?

are you serious.....   It's 1,110 pages long......   I have the sentential kindle version of it.

 

I'm at about page 499.....   It's not the kind of book I like to any skimming through....   when I read a book this well written and this much detail, I read it at the same speed as though I was reading it aloud to someone.....    It's much better absorbed, and occasionally one has to just stop and ponder what's happening this very day.....    I just stopped by to let you know it was going to take a while and I don't want to ruin the book by reading everyone's thoughts on the movies......    so I'll be back after the book is finished......

 

I would highly recommend this book....



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Hi other one, I have been looking to buy the book to read but can't find it.  I was wonderng where you purchased your copy at.  I imagine the book would be even better than the movies.



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Hi other one, I have been looking to buy the book to read but can't find it.  I was wonderng where you purchased your copy at.  I imagine the book would be even better than the movies.

Amazon Kindle.  I think it was $8.95.   If you don't have a kindle, you can download the kindle software for a PC and read it on any computer.   it downloads to your computer and you don't have to have internet connections all the time reading.



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cool and thanks other one



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I just saw the third movie last night.  It was well worth going to see.  I was expecting a mostly empty theater, but there was a fairly large audience.  I would recommend watching the first two parts if you get a chance and then going to see the latest film. 



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Finished the book, it's really interesting....



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Those who have seen the movies or read the book know who John Galt is.  The next question is, "Where is Atlantas?" 






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