Everything happening today under Obama resembles the storyline of Ayn Rand’s famous book Atlas Shrugged. Rand prophesized a country dominated by socialists, Marxists and statists, where looters, free loaders and poverty promoters live off the productive class. To rationalize and justify the theft of the money and assets of business owners, the looter class demonizes the wealthy. Sound familiar?
The central plot of Atlas Shrugged is that in response to being demonized, over-taxed, over-regulated, and punished for success, America’s business owners go on strike-- dropping off the grid, and refusing to risk their hard-earned capital and work long hours away from their families in order to support those unwilling to put in the same blood, sweat and tears. Because of that storyline, the original proposed title of the book was actually “The Strike.”
The business class went on strike to teach us that civilization cannot survive when people are slaves to government. That without a productive class of innovative business owners willing to risk their own money to start businesses, there are no jobs and no taxes to pay for government. Author Ayn Rand believed if you demonized and punished the wealthy, you would kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. Jobs would disappear forever. In Obama’s America, fiction is becoming fact.
The lesson of Atlas Shrugged is that without the $250,000 income earners paying into Social Security, there are no pensions for the poor and lower middle class. Without the wealthy owners of million-dollar mansions paying $25,000 annual property tax bills, there is no funding for public schools. Without the wealthy paying into Medicare, there is no “free” healthcare for the elderly. Without capitalists motivated by profit, there are no discoveries to eradicate polio, or create miraculous cancer and AIDS drugs. Without capitalists motivated by profit, there are no jobs, period! That is what happens when the producers of society go on strike to protect themselves from the looters.