Following is a brief premise of the movie and a revelation between a frightening prediction the movie made, and that prediction becoming reality just four days ago as reported by the New York Times.
The movie Atlas Shrugged Part I is based on Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel that accurately predicted our current sociopolitical downfall as a rapidly expanding number of non-producing individuals in our country continues to feed like leeches upon the hard work, effort and production of others. Facilitated by an expanding federal government, a catastrophic redistribution of wealth smothers all economic growth and production as our massive population of non-producers turns to the government for ever-increasing amounts of money, benefits, government jobs, union protections and more social welfare programs.
Sounds familiar, right? Tough to tell whether I am still talking about the movie or actual current events.
In Atlas Shrugged Part I, we see the initial stages of America’s collapse as the small number of private sector producers struggles to survive as a combination of government regulations, free-market interventions and social engineering topple the last pillars of capitalism and send the country into a poverty-stricken cesspool of socialist equality that parallels the bleakest days of the Soviet breadlines while providing poverty-level equality for all.
A Frightening Parallel
The movie focuses on a last-ditch effort by free-market capitalist Dagny Taggart to build a modern railroad line in Colorado that would support the growing production of oil in the area, thus creating one of the few places left in the United States that would produce jobs, wealth and opportunity. Despite our government’s best efforts to derail her plans, she successfully executes the project and a bullet train completes a test run of the new rails setting a new high-speed train record in the U.S., topping out at 250 mph. As a result, companies that need to reliably receive raw materials and ship their products begin moving to Colorado which now has the only functioning railroad line in the country.
Our government responds to her success by passing legislation that makes it illegal for companies to move to Colorado. In our governments view, it is unfair that employees will be left behind by these companies moving to Colorado and that it’s every company’s responsibility to take care of their employees and not be greedy by moving to states where the business climate is better for them to operate in.
Unreal, and very frightening. Imagine a government that could dictate to a private corporation where it can build a factory and where it can’t. That is outright, blatant socialism and has never happened before in the history of the United States. When this finally happens it will signal the beginning of the end of the United States.
Scary stuff…but it’s just a movie, right?
Just four days ago on April 20, 2011, the New York Times reports that “The National Labor Relations Board under President Obama…filed a complaint Wednesday seeking to force Boeing to bring an airplane production line back to its unionized facilities in Washington State instead of moving the work to a nonunion plant in South Carolina. “
I guess it’s too late. Now the government can prevent private companies from expanding or moving their production. We have swallowed the entire Socialist agenda and are well on our way to full implementation.
Continue to support the Socialist Democrat and Republican politicians at your own peril. It is only a matter of time until Atlas Shrugged isn’t a movie, but a documentary that future generations watch to learn how the United States collapsed.