|Planes so fake, Samantha Mathis doesn’t|
seem too worried about crashing!
Okay I never really played baseball in my life but I just had to use that pun.
I just finished watching the second in the ‘Atlas shrugged’ trilogy and it was amusingly bad. Even its low budget is no excuse for such horrible storytelling, but then the buck ultimately stops not just at the dumb-enough-to-adapt-it producers’, but at Ayn Rand’s.
You don’t need economics to appreciate Rand
Funny how the movie starts off so defensively in explaining why trains are still the primary mode of transport, in keeping with Rand’s book. And in the exposition, why say “high energy prices” caused the shift in demand? Better to mention why energy is expensive in the first place.
The dialogues are one-dimensional and carved in wood. Motives of people’s actions are traced to their being either an egoist, or an altruist. That’s as simplistic as thinking all one’s actions are based on their favorite sports teams. In most political debates I’ve seen and heard, the main difficulty of people is in getting the other to see that their desired policies are more effective. It isn’t about whether one acted for one’s self, or for others, as though cooperation was exclusive to either egotism or altruism.
In addition, people with exactly the same Randian opinions, such as Rearden and D’Anconia, manage to get into arguments, if only as an excuse to preach.
I give credit to Rand though, for seeing the possibility of valuable products like Rearden Metal being shunned against all good reason, because of prevailing political interests.
Kudos to Rand as well for recognizing that times of crises will not wise people up into withdrawing support for stupid measures. Even as the first world governments struggle to finance their empires, they still receive popular support for the dumbest policies, e.g. Obamacare. Only when the state is incapacitated by poverty, can market options begin to look appealing even to morons.
Intellectual property yet one more tenterhook of the state
The film is highly intellectual-property supportive, with Hank Rearden refusing to give up his metal patent. Actually, the recognition of ideas not being property makes for more freedom from the state, which is the instrument by which IP contracts beyond two parties can be enforced. Ironically, Rearden’s defense of his patent gives support to his enemies by assigning them the role of arbiter in the event such a patent is infringed upon.
Actual property does not require a monopoly on force to be recognized, just as accountability for one’s actions need not mean accountability by the state. Even though IP was big for Rand, it is ultimately inconsistent with the principles of markets and decentralized innovation. People who adapt other people’s ideas aren’t looters, as they face risks as much as an innovator. On a community-wide scale, each adaptation of an idea is part of a trial-and-error process by which new, better ideas are able to come about at all.
Ultimately, there are no ‘innovations’ as much as there are noticeable developments in a long line of developments.
Galt’s socialist utopia
Galt’s Gulch can’t function simply by virtue of great minds. It has to be capital-intensive, including hiring ‘looting’ labor.
John Galt is a dork
What an awkward way John Galt pulls Dagny out of the plane, with just one hand while maintaining a cowboy stance. Fucking prop her body weight with your two hands, asshole!
In the movie, “Who is John Galt?” was repeated ad nauseam, to Dagny’s frustration. Fucking google it, dumbass!
I could not wait for Part III.