Atlas Blogged #26

October 6, 2010

Part 26 of blogging my way through my first reading of Atlas Shrugged. You can find the first part here.

Chapter 26: The Concerto of Deliverance

Hank Rearden has no problems, even though his workers are demanding a pay rise, his family are screaming at him to help them, and the Government wants his support for a policy that will demolish the remaining steel industry. He’s got no problems because he’s finally entirely ‘moral’ in the Randian sense; he merely has to work and be content, because no man has a claim on him.

Unfortunately his striking workers turn out to be Government stooges who launch an assault upon his steel plant with the intention of wresting its ownership away from him by force. His loyal workers are welded into an awesome fighting force by a man who turns out to be Francis D’Anconia, and the attack is beaten off. This finally convinces Rearden to abandon the world to the moochers and looters, and retreat to Galt’s Gulch.

Analysis

Rearden stands up to everyone who wants to take something away from him seemingly by dint of being ‘moral’. Despite this daftness, Rand’s action sequences actually aren’t bad.

Tune in next time for the longest monologue in ‘fiction’, John Galt’s speech to America, in which Rand sets out her philosophy. Why isn’t clear; why should Galt make an effort to be popular? Why should he show compassion to the outside world? Couldn’t have anything to do with Rand wanting to pull all the threads together, of course.

Part 27i is here.

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