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If Mayshark had taken the time to delve into any of Rand's novels, he would understand that the goal is not to "have as much wealth and power as possible." Take for instance Rand's novel, The Fountainhead. Howard Roark, the "hero" as the reviewer would call him, is quite the opposite of wealth and power. As the epitome of Rand's ideology, Roark strays from the path of conformity to further the architectural profession. He shies away from the limelight, and insists that "you have to love the doing, not the secondary consequences." Wealth and power would be "objects of charity" that Roark would no doubt despise.
In her novel The Virtue of Selfishness, which the reviewer also could not force his way through, Rand writes her own definition of selfishness. She says that if an individual wants to live his or her own life to their liking, it's their prerogative. Society will adapt and follow suit.
Wait, wasn't this a movie review? Oh well...
To quote Mayshark, "As anyone who’s read or even heard of the book probably knows, the Galtians are actually quitting society, taking their Greatness and going to some far-away place where the government will leave them alone and they won’t have to trouble themselves with the weak and the needy."
I'm guessing that in between texting "soooo bored" and "please show me more shots of railroad tracks," the reviewer missed out on a key aspect of the plot. He then quickly rushed to Rotten Tomatoes for what he thought would be an accurate synopsis. The Galtians leave in order to escape oppression from the government, who is keeping them from further innovation and progression. The government tries to cover up their own wrongdoings by claiming to be helping the "less priveleged." Obviously, had the reviewer been a character in Atlas Shrugged, he would have fallen for their little trick.
Finally, I must admit I attempted to keep track of each and every logic fallacy present in this article. Unfortunately, God only gave me ten fingers and toes.
Phew, that was unnecessary, seeing as anyone who has put the time into reading Rand's novels would feel the same way. But what do I know? I'm merely a teenager. My teacher asked me to write a letter to the editor, but I would have none of that! "You're not the boss of me!" I shouted. And somewhere off in the distance, I heard a journalist sigh in frustration. "He must be an Ayn Rand fan." Now how's that for assonance?
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