Atlas Shrugged Part I Movie Review

Atlas Shrugged Part I Movie Review

12% critical acclaim, telling that all the pinko communists show their true blood, by insulting the entire film, based on lies. They felt sheer guilt watching it. Oh, the critics were all over the place on this one, dishing out insults like it was going out of style.  The fact that this is the only conservative movie ever made in the history of histories, is also telling. Maybe, most authors are all left-wing nut jobs that wrap themselves in the fantasy of academia.  Who knows?

Atlas Shrugged Part I

The fact of the matter is, the movie pounded its point into their red communists hearts over and over, and beat them into submission, until they could take it no more, and there you have a tremendous gulf between audience approval at 80% and critical acclaim at 12%.

The movie is based on the novel by Ayn Rand.  Atlas Shrugged is a novel by Ayn Rand, first published in 1957 in the United States. Rand’s fourth and last novel, it was also her longest, and the one she considered to be her magnum opus in the realm of fiction writing.
The book explores a dystopian United States where leading innovators, ranging from industrialists to artists, refuse to be exploited by society leading to millionaires going on strike. The only clue to this strange circumstance is the enigmatic question “Who is John Galt?” which turns out to be a significant foreshadowing of the book’s premises. The protagonist, Dagny Taggart, sees society collapse around her as the government increasingly asserts control over all industry (including Taggart Transcontinental, the once mighty transcontinental railroad for which she serves as the Vice President of Operations), while society’s most productive citizens, led by this mysterious John Galt, progressively disappear. Galt describes the strike as “stopping the motor of the world” by withdrawing the “minds” that drive society’s growth and productivity. In their efforts, these people “of the mind” hope to demonstrate that a world in which the individual is not free to create is doomed, that civilization cannot exist where every person is a slave to society and government, and that the destruction of the profit motive leads to the collapse of society.

The novel’s title is a reference to Atlas, a Titan of Greek mythology, who in the novel is described as “the giant who holds the weight of the heavens(the Sky) on his shoulders”.  The significance of this reference is seen in a conversation between the characters of Francisco d’Anconia and Hank Rearden in which d’Anconia asks of Rearden what sort of advice he would give to Atlas upon seeing that “the greater [the titan’s] effort the heavier the world bore down on his shoulders”. With Rearden unable to answer, Francisco gives his own response: “To shrug”.

Dagny Taggart and Henry Rearden

Atlas Shrugged includes elements of mystery and science fiction,  and it contains Rand’s most extensive statement of Objectivism in any of her works of fiction via a lengthy monologue delivered by the strike’s leader, John Galt.

The theme of Atlas Shrugged, as Rand described it, is “the role of man’s mind in existence”. The book explores a number of philosophical themes that Rand would subsequently develop into the philosophy of Objectivism. It advocates the core tenets of Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism and expresses her concept of human achievement. In doing so it expresses many facets of Rand’s philosophy, such as the advocacy of reason, individualism, the market economy, and the failure of government coercion.

The movie follows the book along very closely, but the movie acclaim closely follows the book acclaim.

“Atlas Shrugged received largely negative reviews after its 1957 publication, but achieved enduring popularity and consistent sales in the following decades.”

History is obviously repeating itself. The public is fed up with the government and this movie is directly topical to the Obama administration. There is nothing that any critic has said, that shows that they even watched the movie, and all of their criticism is about the production of the movie, not the movie story at all. It is unconscionable to say you have reviewed a movie and mention nothing about the story.

Ayn Rand the Author and Philosopher

Taylor Schilling of Mercy tv series (2009) and Dark Matter (2007) stars as Dagny Taggart. Edi Gathegi of Twilight, Crank and X-men: First Class, plays as her go to man and sidekick Eddie Willers.  Graham Beckel of CSI: NY tv series and Brokeback Mountain plays Ellis Wyatt an oil magnate and reluctant client of Taggart Railway.  Matthew Marsden of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Resident Evil: Extinction plays as James Taggart, CEO of Taggart Railway and brother to Dagny Taggart.  Grant Bowler of True Blood tv series and Ugly Betty tv series plays Henry Rearden of Rearden Steel, a steel magnate and partner to Dagny Taggart rounds out the trio of capatalists that are under fire by the communist take over by the government of their each respective industries, broadly, and companies, specifically.

The story is compelling and very appropriate for our times with the Obama administration doing exactly what was going on in the movie, almost down to the exact legislations.

To anyone that has a brain and wants to see something presented crystal clear about what is going on in our times right now, this is a MUST SEE.

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Shakaama Running for Office

Should I Run for Office?

There I was sitting in a bar.  As is my custom, I’m friends with the bartender and another customer walks in.  Being the king of France, as I am wont to act, I demanded the bartender introduce me.  The person was no more than a pinball maintenance guy, not that there’s anything wrong with that.  He asked me what I do and I replied, I write articles online and report on local events, sports, financial and fitness, with a concentration of elevating Black people with real issues, such as financial education.  He pressed me further on the last point.  I said that there are no Black leaders to have ever existed in America, excluding those that took office in the senate and house right after the abolition of slavery aside.  And, that the alleged leaders who call themselves Black leaders, all have one note “civil rights”.  I further went on to say that the elevation of Black people is not through any legislation but through promoting promoting and promoting Black owned businesses.  This model would create wealth in the Black population and elevate Black people without any necessity for any legislation.

Is the Country Ready for a Pure-Breed Black Man?

To my surprise the guy turns to me and asks, “ARE YOU RUNNING FOR OFFICE, I’D VOTE FOR YOU?!”

I was really caught off guard.  The guy in question, and everyone in the bar, was white.  The question threw me.  I was asked the same thing when I attended Libertarian party meetings.  Which was, again, white only, except for me, and this was before Obama was even a twinkle in the American public’s eye.

I don’t know if it’s just my vocabulary or looks or what, but people gravitate toward me in liver political arenas.  So the question is simple.

  • Would you vote someone with my very ultra Black-conservative views?
  • Is the country ready for a Black-conservative?
  • Is the country ready for an educated pure-breed Black man, in the public sector?

Pure-Breed Black Woman
I ask those questions because, in all reality, half-breed Black people really are not considered Black, by both white and Black people.  Only pure-breed Black people are considered Black.  A pure-breed Black face is what keeps racists up at night.  A pure-breed Black face is what makes white women clutch their purse tighter as they cross the street to walk on the other side.  A pure-breed Black face is what half-breed Black people dispise, self-hating I know, but it’s true.  
Electing a pure-breed Black man such as myself, would mean a final nail in the coffin of colorism in America as we know it, and finally Black people being accepted into the general population.

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Where Have All the Conservatives Gone: Death of the Dollar

Democrat in Sheep’s Clothing, No Really Republican

Most conservatives come to Washington knowing it is a sewer but end up treating it like a hot tub.

Why do so many conservatives start out with the desire to emulate Ron Paul but end up in the hot tub with Chuck Schumer and Charles Rangel? Is it in human nature to buy votes with government subsidies instead of working for the good of freedom in the country? Is it because of the power of lobbyists that seek out the subsidies? Is it the progressive income tax that provides the revenue for the subsidies? What is it that causes this disheartening revolution that turns such high minded men into petty grovelers for power? what should we be doing about it?

Former conservatives, although few and far between were well grounded. They had read Adam Smith – author 1776 book “The Wealth of Nations”, Edmund Burke – conservative Whig Party Leader, Russel Kirk – author 1953 book “The Conservative Mind“. Now they rely on instincts or popular authors of books or worse talk show hosts. There is no support from conservatives who are elected, they are inundated with lobbyist post election and sever ties with the very people that elected them.

Everyone wants to easily throw Libertarians into the same pool with conservatives. It’s in fact a completely different approach altogether. Nothing could be more dissimilar than a republican, a conservative and a Libertarian. We allow the media once again to define something for us, or even scare us, without researching. The main philosophy that dictates the course of action in Washington is concentrated benefits vs diffused costs. That is to say, Washington is gripped with an air of spending concentrated to the benefit of a few while the costs are diffused over many. They then only hear from those few whom they benefit.

Politicians at the national level have dedicated their entire life to politics. They are therefore far less likely to be libertarian or true conservatives or don’t tread on me politicians. They tend to serve their self interest and are people that like government.

Again, a lot of politicians do not see dollars as pieces of paper with the picture of the great George Washington on them, but they see their own faces on them, not tax payer’s money. They see Bush dollars, or Obama dollars or Reid dollars. To them it is their money and the only difficulty is how to wrest it away from some other politician so that they can “spend” on their own district. The old boy network then puts it upon the freshmen congressmen to make sure that they spend enough in their own district to get reelected. There is no discussion of principles or too much governmental oversight.

Let’s go over the numbers and how each input is based on a selfish scale. The bottom quadrant of tax payers pay 0% in taxes. The 2nd bottom quadrant of tax payers pay 3% of taxes. The top 2 quadrants of tax payers pay 97% of all taxes. However, the bottom 2 quadrants receive a disproportionate amount of government spending, in the form of subsidies. Also the bottom 2 quadrants are far more numerous than the top 2 quadrants. So when they feel victorious over government subsidies they are jubilant and go about their lives and leave government alone or are grateful for government. By proxy we have created infinite demand for those subsidies.

The Flat Tax

Only a flat tax would remove this demand for free subsidies. It would have to be a flat tax without any exemptions. A flat tax would then force everyone to take a look at these subsidies because they would no longer be free. It would also shrink government, because people would pay attention to government spending on a personal level. Most complain about taxes, but since they aren’t directly paying for it, it doesn’t hit them in the pocket book. With a flat tax, they would be concerned about all spending, including military, education, entitlements, social security, welfare, medicare medicaid and the deficit.

A flat tax would also force people to realize the federal reserve, a private bank that has been given national rights to set national financial policy, is not there for the benefit of the tax payer, nor the American citizen. As such, a flat tax would get rid of both the IRS and the federal reserve.

Once a flat tax is implemented and military spending comes under scrutiny, the American public would come to realize that the current military policies are unconstitutional and call for the repeal of nearly all military legislation. The government is vastly inflated due to military spending and policy. No longer would the government be able to blame stuff like 9/11 on outside foreign terrorist. No longer could the president by executive order in contravention of international agreement, unilaterally invade another country to fight some seemingly invisible threat. No longer could we invade other country en lieu of diplomacy. A flat tax would call for the retirement of all U.S. military forces in other countries, not in direct protection of diplomatic personnel. That alone would shrink the government spending by 60%.

The Truth About the IRS and the Fed

Without that much spending, we could then get rid of the IRS, which is also an unconstitutional entity. Ronald Reagan did a study when he came to power, of what is the IRS for. His study found that the U.S. income tax goes to pay off just the interest of the loans the federal reserve has made to the U.S. government.

“100% of what is collected is absorbed solely by interest on the Federal Debt … all
individual income tax revenues are gone before one nickel is spent on the services
taxpayers expect from government.” -Grace Commission report submitted to President Ronald Reagan – January 15, 1984

“Ronald Reagan was promptly shot after he dared to criticize the Fed, on the same day
that the Pope was shot. After recovering, he changed his mind and praised the Fed. About
seven US Presidents have been assassinated for not cooperating with the Transatlantic
Banking Dynasties (William Henry Harrison, poisoned, in 1841, Zachary Taylor, Lincoln,
Garfield, McKinley and John F. Kennedy 1963; 7 if FDR’s poisoning is counted).”

“In a recent conversation with an official at the Internal Revenue Service, I was amazed
when he told me that ‘If the taxpayers of this country ever discover that the IRS
operates on 90% bluff the entire system will collapse'”. -Henry Bellmon, Senator (1969)

“Our federal tax system is, in short, utterly impossible, utterly unjust and completely counterproductive [it] reeks with injustice and is fundamentally un-American… it has earned a rebellion and it’s time we rebelled”. -President Ronald Reagan, May 1983, Williamsburg, VA

“Our Income Tax system is a disgrace to the human race.” -Jimmy Carter, said in 1976 by the then President-to-be

“Eight decades of amendments… to [the] code have produced a virtually impenetrable maze… The rules are unintelligible to most citizens… The rules are equally mysterious to many government employees who are charged with administering and enforcing the law”. -Shirley Peterson, Former IRS Commissioner, April 14, 1993 at Southern Methodist University

“The wages of the average American worker, after inflation and taxes, have decreased 17% since 1973, the only Western industrial nation to so suffer”. -Martin Gross, author of “The Tax Racket: Government Extortion From A to Z”

“Our tax system is based upon voluntary assessment and payment, not upon distraint”.
[haw haw] -United States Supreme Court, in Flora v. United States

“The United States has a system of taxation by confession”. – Hugo Black, U.S. Supreme Court Justice

“Let me point this out now. Your income tax is 100 percent voluntary tax, and your
liquor tax is 100 percent enforced tax. Now, the situation is as different as night and day. Consequently, your same rules just will not apply…”. -Dwight E. Avis, former head of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division of the IRS, testifying before a House Ways and Means subcommittee in 1953

“When you pay social security taxes, you are in no way making provision for your own retirement. You are paying the pensions of those who are already retired. Once you understand this, you see that whether you will get the benefits you are counting on when you retire depends on whether Congress will levy enough taxes, borrow enough, or print enough money… – W. Allen Wallis, former Chairman of the 1975 Advisory Council on Social Security, May27, 1976

“To lay with one hand the power of government on the property of the citizen, and with the other to bestow it on favored individuals… is none the less robbery because it is… called taxation”. – United States Supreme Court in Loan Association v. Topeka

Let’s Agree to Disagree, How 3rd Parties are Shut Out of Being Elected

It is no wonder why conservatives do not come to power and then seek to shrink government. It is a house of cards as big as the Titanic. Should one card fail, it would all come crashing down. They feel it would be political suicide to even try one portion of the original platform. We can also clearly see that that platform is false to begin with. Why should conservatives shrink government? They are making money hand over fist just like the liberals.

Democrats and Republicans fight tooth and nail to make sure a 3rd party is not elected. Because, then they fear it would reveal all the lies and tangled web they have been weaving on the American public for decades, centuries. A 3rd party represents an outsider who can bring down this grift.

They both fear:

  • dismantling the IRS
  • dismantling the federal reserve bank
  • dismantling the bloated military
  • returning the dollar to real currency
  • shrinking the government to true size

If you agree with everything said in here, and this has made you realize how awful our government is right now… YOU ARE A LIBERTARIAN. Surprise! Most people don’t even know they are libertarian. They may be registered republicans or better yet, registered democrats. They don’t realize what the libertarian party stands for. The media has so indoctrinated them into the two party system that they don’t even know there is an option. During the last election campaign they pitted the libertarian against the republicans. When, in fact, libertarians have little in common with either party. Libertarians aren’t conservative, they are simply the most closely associated with the founding fathers. The founding fathers didn’t believe in government interference with most everyone’s daily lives. Adam Smith and other thinkers also felt government should take a back seat to every day man. Government should only make sure the playing field isn’t unduly burdensome, i.e. being bullied in business or ethics.

We have come a long way from the founding fathers. Most of the founding fathers were even hesitant to create our own government. After that hurdle was passed, they didn’t know what shape our government would take. With all that hesitation you would think that today’s politicians would be more cognizant and reticent to do the things they are doing. Sadly, they do it with a smile, with no hesitation.

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Never being one to take the easy way out. I feel all Black Americans should join the Libertarian Party. We would be better served, better protected and left alone far more. The Libertarian party would not seek out an agenda of genocide through passing of local, state, and federal laws. Our taxes would be lower under a Libertarian party. Our young men would not be jailed, just to give billions to private prisons, who helped to write these unjust laws, such as the “War on Drugs”. Black America needs to stand up and join a party to truly represents them. Democrats and Republicans have shot us in the back time and time again. We don’t need more government, we need less government. Less government, means more money in our pocket at the end of the day.

Libertarians wouldn’t go off fighting unjust wars. In fact your sons and daughters wouldn’t be slaughtered overseas in some other man’s country due to some political shenanigans or even worse, over money and greed. Under a Libertarian Party presidency you wouldn’t have federal college loans, but then colleges would have to compete for student dollars and everyone would have to lower tuition. In some colleges the tuition is close to the cost of a house. And for what?

College degrees now hold little sway in a service market. There are many college students that have to take service jobs that pay $10 / hr. This is the same pay as their high school diploma coworker is receiving, sitting right next to them.

This last election proved that the Black Vote is a force to be reckoned with. Barrack Obama was not even counting on the Black turn-out to win the election. I repeat, he wasn’t even counting on us coming out. However, the Black Vote was the strongest it has ever been in the history of the country. At every age level. Unfortunately, Barrack Obama has proven to be the same exact tired politics as usual. We expected a miracle and got a lump of coal in our Christmas stocking. It’s great he was the first Black president, however he is absolutely doing everything in his power to maintain his seat of power, like all the rest of them, spend, spend, spend. Not one single cabinet member has been appointed that has been any different from any other administration. In fact he chose the same people that led us into this financial quagmire to begin with. I’m sorry to say, my Black brothers and sisters, we’ve been had, hoodwinked, bamboozled. However, should we all join the Libertarian party, we can all rest soundly knowing we will be adequately and rightly represented.

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