Not sure if you followed my posts on Atlas Shrugged on my blog ChrisJeub.com (read Part I, Part II, Part III). The Ayn Rand visual is quite accurate, and I suspect it’ll give some clarity to last night’s election results.
Here’s the idea: the mythological character Atlas carries the world on his shoulders. As government grows, dependency grows, unemployment grows, and the burden of society rests on the backs of the creative and giving. It becomes exhausting.
One of those creative characters in Atlas Shrugged asks another, “What would you tell Atlas?” His answer: “I’d tell him to shrug.” In other words, let the world fall to their doom. They asked for it.
That’s significant. I feel like giving into the weight of government. My taxes will go up $4000 next year, and I’ll have to raise my prices, and I’ll have to cut some expenses, and I’ll have to let go of some of my riskier ideas. (I wrote about this today in my article “We Are Going to Be Fine.”)
Ayn Rand was an angry and bitter atheist. She saw the poor as parasites. That’s twisted and unfortunate. I love the poor, and I want little more than to have them discover self-reliance and prosperity. That’s much more difficult under an empowered government and an expanded welfare state.