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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_3'); })It's 20 Minutes into the Future. The USA is a mixed-market dystopia wherein the federal government is as oppressive as it is incompetent. The average Joe is being pushed further into poverty by each measure intended to relieve it, and can see no way out. The upper classes are Les Collaborateurs gaming the system for every drop before it crashes, or self-deluded fools certain they can fix the socio-economic problems created by failed government initiatives with more government initiatives. There is little public dissent with the status quo.Worse, the handful of scientists, entrepreneurs, and managers sustaining the system are disappearing one by one. No one ever hears from them again, and their friends and relatives are left with nothing but a question:"Who is John Galt?"Welcome to the world of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_2'); })The title is based on a popular misconception that in Greek mythology Atlas carried the world on his back (he actually carried the sky); as Hank and Francisco discuss during the book, if he ever tired of carrying that weight on his shoulders, all he needed to do was shrug, and it would fall off. The working title for the novel, before its publication, was The Strike—but Rand changed it because she feared it would be a Spoiler Title.The book is most widely known for its philosophical condemnation of religion and altruism, as well as its advocacy of free-market classical liberalism (which Rand termed "Capitalism", though non-Objectivists use the word to describe the Capitalist system). Other themes include its celebration of the individual and the argument that suffering is not a necessary part of the human condition.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_1'); })For those that are interested in the technical details of Rand's ideas, there is a Useful Notes page on Objectivism (warning: RL politics/philosophy ahead).After decades in Development Hell, a film adaptation of the novel was released in three parts. The release dates were April 15, 2011 (the deadline to file income tax returns in the United States); October 12, 2012; and September 12, 2014. All three parts are covered here.
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Applied Phlebotinum
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Applied Phlebotinum: John Galt is a Gadgeteer Genius with cast-iron lungs; Galt's Motor, Galt's Gulch's Invisibility Cloak, Galt's Cool Plane... There's also Rearden "Miracle" Metal, and Project Xylophone (which also contains Explodium).
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Railroad Baron
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Railroad Baron: Dagny and James Taggart. What's more, they are the latest generation of railroad barons.
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I Don't Pay You to Think
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I Don't Pay You To Think: Directive 10-289, the "moratorium on brains," chains all existing employees to their jobs, with a potential penalty of jail for any that quit. If any do quit, anyway (or lose their job for other reasons), that job is then assigned to someone else by a government committee, regardless of that person's ability to actually do the job. "There had been a time when he had been expected to think. Now, they didn't want him to think. Only to obey."
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Ripped from the Headlines
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Ripped from the Headlines: The fate of the Comet in the Taggart Tunnel disaster is similar to a real-life rail disaster in southern Italy in 1944; but the second train loaded with explosives didn't happen in reality.
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The Trickster
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The Trickster: John Galt, Francisco d'Anconia and Ragnar Danneskjöld.
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Kirk Summation
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Kirk Summation: Galt gives several while he's being held captive.
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Title Drop
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Title Drop: Unintentional, with the novel being renamed as publication neared.
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Defeat Means Friendship
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Defeat Means Friendship: The first guy to produce steel in Galt's Gulch is driven out of business when a better man joins the strikers. The beaten man happily works for the new steel producer, in a position which is a much better fit. The winner himself tells Dagny that he looks forward to the day when Rearden joins the strikers: Hank will certainly beat him, but it'll be an honorable defeat.
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Comic-Book Time
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Comic-Book Time: A mild example with Galt's speech which is four hours long in the book. In real life, no-one has been able to read the entire thing, clearly and distinctly, in less than six.
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Gone Horribly Right
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Gone Horribly Right: Galt's speech can essentially be summarized as him telling the world: "You all keep saying that you want a world without selfish people who are only in it for themselves. I have given you exactly that. If anything goes wrong from here on out, you have no one to blame but yourselves."
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Why We Can't Have Nice Things
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Why We Can't Have Nice Things: The creators in the world willingly want to help the rest, but socialist and bureaucratic types screw it up. So they basically take their inventions and leave.
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Daddy's Girl
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Daddy's Girl: There are interesting shades of this in Dagny's relationship with her father. Although he mainly gave to company to James, he knew from watching her childhood that she was the Taggart to run the railroads. In turn, Dagny admires her father for being a self-made, hardworking man, but also regrets that being born into his family made her success a little easier.
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Brother–Sister Team
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Brother-Sister Team: Subverted with Dagny and James Taggart. While both are in major leadership roles at Taggart Transcontinental, it's Dagny who keeps the railroad running and James who keeps either harming its interests or advancing it through dishonest means. When the three were children, Francisco always thought of Dagny and Eddie Willers, not James, as "the Taggart children," so Dagny and Eddie, who becomes her Special Assistant, count in spirit.
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Childhood Friend Romance
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Childhood Friend Romance: Dagny and Frisco
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Who Are You?
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Who Are You?: The final chapter of Atlas Shrugged does this with Ragnar Danneskjöld, who only has to say his name to inspire fear.
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Villain Ball
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Villain Ball: The looters' policies hurt the protagonists a lot, but hardly benefit the looters themselves. Especially egregious when several laws are passed as part of a plot to "kill Colorado."
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Raygun Gothic
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Raygun Gothic: An adamantium like metal, portable X-Ray machines, and a Weapon of Mass Destruction powered by sound are several examples of the "futuristic" tech in Atlas Shrugged.
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Übermensch
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Übermensch: All of the heroes are or ultimately become this.
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Propaganda Machine
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Propaganda Machine: The press, as seen starting with the campaign to slander Rearden Metal started by Orren Boyle, Rearden's chief competitor and head of a national metalurgical committee.
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Obstructive Bureaucrat
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Dagny does this to a couple of legislators during the construction of the John Galt Line. However, it is implied that the rules she is bribing to get around are just obstructive red tape. She also orders her employees to bribe any officials trying to hinder new track being laid around the Taggart Tunnel after its cave-in, but since the government has passed Directive 10-289 at that point she can't really be blamed.
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Do Not Adjust Your Set
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Do Not Adjust Your Set: Your radio set, anyway.
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Crapsack World
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Crapsack World: Intellectuals such as Balph Eubank and Simon Pritchett like to present the world as one of these, a place where reason and logic are useless, man cannot achieve anything significant in the universe, and suffering is the essence of life. The general state of the world seems to imply that they are right, except that their insistence on treating those opinions as fact is causing them to become true. In contrast the Strikers use Genius and Determination to create infinite energy machines and cloaking devices, thereby Earning Their Happy Ending.
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Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
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Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Hank Rearden resorts to this when he finally decides to divorce his wife Lillian. Dagny does this to a couple of legislators during the construction of the John Galt Line. However, it is implied that the rules she is bribing to get around are just obstructive red tape. She also orders her employees to bribe any officials trying to hinder new track being laid around the Taggart Tunnel after its cave-in, but since the government has passed Directive 10-289 at that point she can't really be blamed.
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For Science!
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For Science!: Dr. Stadler supported the State Science Institute for the sake of freeing scientific research from the shackles of corporate funding. He started going downhill from there.
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Ironic Echo
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Ironic Echo: So many times it crosses with Chekhov's Boomerang;Stadler considers his greatest failure to be a student with "the kind of intelligence one expects to see, in the future, changing the course of the world" which "vanished without a trace into the great unknown of mediocrity."Rearden pessimistically says that if the creator of the super-motor was still alive, "The whole world would know his name by now."Ivy Starnes remembers the second man to quit when she took over Twentieth Century Motors, but not the first - "He wasn't anybody important."Akston slyly notes that though he knows the student Stadler speaks of, but that "His name would mean nothing to you. He is not famous." The man's name? "Who is John Galt?"
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Brutal Honesty
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Kinnan is particularly interesting: true to both this and Kinnan's trope, he's not just the only Looter who gives half a damn about his employees, he's the only one who's aware that they're going to lose. He emerges from a meeting with Galt saying that he enjoyed the conversation, particularly Galt's Brutal Honesty, and then calmly admits that as a career criminal like himself would be pointless in a world without regulations, he would be "the first one to go down the drain when (Galt) wins."
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Good Bad Girl
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Good Bad Girl: Dagny Taggart. She doesn't exactly have a world-beating sex drive, but she is absolutely guiltless about the sex she does have and has sex because she wants to have sex. She also engages in two relationships which would be considered morally controversial by some people's standards; first, a teenage passion with Francisco D'Anconia whilst they are underage, and second, an affair with married man Hank Rearden.
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Speech-Centric Work
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Speech-Centric Work: Among other things, it features a single monologue which goes on uninterrupted for fifty pages.
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Beauty = Goodness
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Beauty Equals Goodness: All of the protagonists and members of Galt's Gulch are described as being exceptionally attractive, while the villains are generally described as pudgy and watery eyed. To be fair, however, Rand might have been trying to say that being talented, hard working, and passionate makes you attractive, and not the other way around. Averted with Lillian Rearden, who is described as quite attractive—just creepy. Also Dr. Ferris, who is Tall, Dark, and Handsome, albeit in a slightly foppish way.
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Proud Merchant Race
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Proud Merchant Race: Galt's followers although the more scientifically inclined combine this with Proud Scholar Race.
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Just Like Robin Hood
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Just Like Robin Hood: Zig-Zagged with Ragnar Danneskjöld. The Government insists that he's a pirate stealing from the poor, while he sees it as stealing from the government's rich taxmen and returning it those who were taxed into poverty. He also says what he is doing not selfless - he's hastening the government's end by stealing their goods, and funding those who will rebuild civilization after Galt's strike is complete.
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Gold–Silver–Copper Standard
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Gold–Silver–Copper Standard: The strikers' society in Colorado operates on this basis, and Danneskjold gives Rearden a bar of gold as compensation for the income taxes he has paid over the last several years.
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False Flag Operation
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False Flag Operation: The siege of the Rearden Steel plant, which was planned to be passed off as a workers' riot to encourage Hank to accept the Steel Unification Plan.
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Latin Lover
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Latin Lover: Subverted with Francisco D'Anconia, who hails from Argentina and is a shameless womanizer... but only in his disguise while striking. Played straight in his relationship with Dagny, although even then she is only attracted to him for his talent.
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Sadly Mythtaken
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Sadly Mythtaken: As noted, Atlas held up the sky, not the Earth, and was doing so as a punishment imposed on him by Zeus, and so couldn't "shrug" even if he wanted to. Unless one considers, that Atlas couldn't "shrug" only if he wanted to prevent sky from falling onto the world, and destroying it... unlike the strikers who were willing to let the old world be destroyed, if it meant release from their burden! Also, in most versions his task ends when Heracles builds him some pillars to put it down on while still technically holding it up. While they had a deal going this wasn't part of it, Heracles was just being generous. It's fairly obvious why the story doesn't go there.
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Electric Torture
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Electric Torture: Project F. Subverted in that once the machine breaks, none of the torturers know how to fix it. Galt calmly explains how to repair it, and a Eureka Moment ensues: they can't even hurt Galt without his assistance, and the Übermensch 'does not want to play anymore.' Cue the Villainous Breakdown!
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¡Three Amigos!
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¡Three Amigos!: Francisco formed one with Dagny and Eddie when they were children and with Ragnar and John Galt while in college.
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Full-Name Basis
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Full-Name Basis: When Francisco wants to emphasise himself, he goes for the full "Francisco Domingo Carlos Andres Sebastián d'Anconia."
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Hero with Bad Publicity
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Hero with Bad Publicity: Intentionally.
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Even Evil Has Standards
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Even Evil Has Standards: During the meeting to plan Directive 10-289, the question of what to do about any industrialists who are caught deserting is brought up. Dr. Ferris says that since the directive makes deserting a crime, it should be treated as treason, and perhaps the death penalty should be applied in such cases. Fred Kinnan instantly calls him out on it, and nobody ever brings up the thought again. Inverted later in the book, when violating Directive 10-289 means that you can no longer be legally employed and doomed to a slow death by starvation.
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Kick the Dog
 Atlas Shrugged / int_34dcfc96
comment
Kick the Dog: Dr. Stadler admitting to Dagny that the State Science Institute is launching a smear campaign against Rearden Metal because it makes them look incompetent, and then deliberately choosing not to tell the truth about it because he believes that life in society means that someone always has to be sacrificed. He doesn't want it to be the Institute. This is pretty much James Taggart's modus operandi whenever he appears.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_35022c20
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No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup
 Atlas Shrugged / int_35022c20
comment
No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: Subverted for Galt's Engine. He left all three behind at the Starnes Motor Company (he invented it on the clock, after all, and Galt is nothing if not an Honest Man), and all it did was prove that it once existed. Looters (both high and common) tear up the prototype for spare parts, and leave the plans and theoretical research notebooks to rot. Even when Dagny realizes what she has, almost all of the "engineers" she calls upon to study the remains refuse to believe it could work (some even say that the Engine, if it worked, would be immoral, because it would make other scientists look stupid). Plans, prototypes and backups are only useful to people with enough intelligence to know their value - which for groundbreaking work, can set the bar pretty damned high.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_372bc105
type
Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism
 Atlas Shrugged / int_372bc105
comment
Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Very cynical in its appraisal of the motivations of high government officials who wish to exercise control over the country. However, Rand had a decidedly idealistic take on humanity as a whole, or at least human potential, and she also argued for a very benevolent conception of the world itself (i.e. she denied any person's joy need come at any other person's cost).
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_3a4522df
type
Pietà Plagiarism
 Atlas Shrugged / int_3a4522df
comment
Pietà Plagiarism: John Galt carries Dagny away from the site of the plane crash. Hank Rearden carrying the dead body of the Wet Nurse to the mill infirmary back from the slag heap.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_3b0977b
type
BoringInvincibleHero
 Atlas Shrugged / int_3b0977b
comment
Boring Invincible Hero: The villains never stand the slightest chance against Galt & Co. Every confrontation in the book between the two, whether it's physical, economic or intellectual, is handily and easily won by the heroes. Dagny and Hank do suffer several defeats in their overall goals for most of the novel, but this is only because they try to fight the looters on their terms - terms which the looters and their predecessors have refined for generations to be in their favor. Once they cross over to the strikers, their foes are utterly helpless.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_3d455888
type
Then Let Me Be Evil
 Atlas Shrugged / int_3d455888
comment
Then Let Me Be Evil: The story is, in a way, about a group of very rich people who got so tired of being called greedy and selfish by people in society who were mooching off them that they basically just "Hang it. You want to call us greedy and selfish? Fine, then we'll go off on our own where you can't find us and be exactly that and you can just see how you do without us. Goodbye."
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_3f2e21a1
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Prince Charming Wannabe
 Atlas Shrugged / int_3f2e21a1
comment
Prince Charming Wannabe: James Taggart marries Cherryl Brooks so he can play the Prince Charming to a Cinderella.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_4127eb1
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ShutUpHannibal
 Atlas Shrugged / int_4127eb1
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Shut Up, Hannibal!
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_41a3e267
type
Hidden in Plain Sight
 Atlas Shrugged / int_41a3e267
comment
Hidden in Plain Sight: The tactic of the strikers. Many of them take menial jobs in "hell" (the world at large) and don't even bother to use fake names. John Galt works as a track laborer at Taggart Transcontinental for over a decade, using his real name.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_44a1dd10
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King Incognito
 Atlas Shrugged / int_44a1dd10
comment
King Incognito: John Galt spent his time out of the Gulch as an unskilled laborer at Taggart Transcontinental: - the same one Eddie Willers exposited to regularly.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_44fc28e8
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Honor Before Reason
 Atlas Shrugged / int_44fc28e8
comment
Honor Before Reason: Eddie Willers' last-ditch expedition to re-establish transcontinental rail service. Dagny tries but fails to talk him out of it. This results in what is almost certainly a downer ending for Eddie on the penultimate page of the novel, which can be considered a Family-Unfriendly Aesop.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_4523420b
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Love Dodecahedron
 Atlas Shrugged / int_4523420b
comment
Love Dodecahedron: Revolving around Dagny.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_45cd286c
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Corrupt Politician
 Atlas Shrugged / int_45cd286c
comment
Corrupt Politician: Just about every politician in the book is either a weak, amoral slug or a deliberately destructive leech.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_45fe3a2e
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Utopia Justifies the Means
 Atlas Shrugged / int_45fe3a2e
comment
Utopia Justifies the Means: The government, the public, the heroes. Pretty much everybody. Done intentionally.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_4604fd4d
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Worthy Opponent
 Atlas Shrugged / int_4604fd4d
comment
Worthy Opponent: Dagny's favorite type of people.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_47b6a1e5
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"Just Joking" Justification
 Atlas Shrugged / int_47b6a1e5
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"Just Joking" Justification: Lillian Rearden often uses this as her excuse after insulting Hank.
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Atlas Shrugged / int_47b6a1e5
 Atlas Shrugged / int_4920f624
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Hidden Villain
 Atlas Shrugged / int_4920f624
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Hidden Villain: Subverted. Mr. Thompson is just as meaningless as all his lackeys.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_4966bf38
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Perpetual Motion Machine
 Atlas Shrugged / int_4966bf38
comment
Perpetual Motion Machine: John Galt's Static Motor, which collects the static electricity in the atmosphere.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_4a852458
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Big Good
 Atlas Shrugged / int_4a852458
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Big Good: John Galt.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_4c5724ab
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God Help Us All
 Atlas Shrugged / int_4c5724ab
comment
God Help Us All: So says Hank Rearden.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_4e52a624
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Screw the Money, I Have Rules!
 Atlas Shrugged / int_4e52a624
comment
Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Hank Rearden turns down a large lump payment of government money for the rights to Rearden Metal, because he is proud of the fact that he invented it and of the honest money he could make with it. Promising young scientist Quentin Daniels turned down Dr. Stadler's offer of a presumedly prestigious post at the State Science Institute due to his views on governmental involvement in science. When Dagny first meets him, he is working as night watchman at an abandoned technical institute.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_4eaa9b84
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Author Tract
 Atlas Shrugged / int_4eaa9b84
comment
Author Tract: Arguably the Trope Codifier.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_4ebc2ce5
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Opposed Mentors
 Atlas Shrugged / int_4ebc2ce5
comment
Opposed Mentors: Robert Stadler(physicist) and Hugh Akston(philosopher) for Francisco, Ragnar, and John Galt.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_4f84cdef
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SmugSnake
 Atlas Shrugged / int_4f84cdef
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Smug Snake: If you're not a Striker or a Muggle, you're a Looter and smug about it. But especially Dr. Floyd "Why Do You Think You Think" Ferris.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_50166c5d
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Good Pays Better
 Atlas Shrugged / int_50166c5d
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Good Pays Better, which is why, according to the heroic characters, the only true businessman is an honest businessman who doesn't need to resort to force, fraud, or coercion to profit.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_50b9b3d0
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Crazy Jealous Guy
 Atlas Shrugged / int_50b9b3d0
comment
Crazy Jealous Guy: Hank Rearden flips out when he finds out Dagny slept with Francisco d'Anconia... years before the former ever met her. The scene ends with Rearden and Dagny having the greatest sex they've ever had.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_516f986d
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Loving a Shadow
 Atlas Shrugged / int_516f986d
comment
Loving a Shadow: Cherryl towards James
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_52d1f46e
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Not What It Looks Like
 Atlas Shrugged / int_52d1f46e
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Not What It Looks Like: Francisco tries to tell Hank Rearden this when the latter walks in on him with Dagny in her apartment.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_53c3fa83
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Granola Girl
 Atlas Shrugged / int_53c3fa83
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Granola Girl: Emma "Kip's Ma" Chalmers, fan of soybeans and Control Freak determined to improve the country's diet.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_548bd053
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Guns Akimbo
 Atlas Shrugged / int_548bd053
comment
Guns Akimbo: When a riot breaks out at Rearden Steel, one of the men later identified as Francisco d'Anconia stands on the roof and picks off looters, using two pistols, one in each hand. He uses them to shoot at the mob which is on both sides of the building.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_54bb2c63
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The Alleged Boss
 Atlas Shrugged / int_54bb2c63
comment
The Alleged Boss: This is a major theme. Alleged Bosses are among the book's prime villains, and they are villains precisely because they fail to act like bosses. Case in point: Jim Taggart, who is the president of a large railroad company but is so spineless and incompetent that it's his sister Dagny, the company's Vice President, who actually runs things.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_586db75d
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My Girl Is Not a Slut
 Atlas Shrugged / int_586db75d
comment
My Girl Is Not a Slut: Gender Flipped and subverted. After Hank Rearden and Dagny Taggart's first sex scene, it is Hank that plays the "fallen woman" routine; he pleads for Dagny's forgiveness for "debasing himself by giving in to his low, animalistic desires". Dagny considers it utterly ridiculous that anyone could possibly hold such shame for being a sexual creature, and bursts out into laughter.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_590eb583
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Domestic Abuse
 Atlas Shrugged / int_590eb583
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Domestic Abuse: Lillian Rearden and Jim Taggart each got married for the sheer, sadistic joy of psychologically crushing and breaking a person.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_596f675a
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Smoking Is Cool
 Atlas Shrugged / int_596f675a
comment
Smoking Is Cool: Rand certainly thinks so. When someone lights up in the book, it's used as a metaphor by Rand for thinking. All the Strikers smoke - and the rare handmade cigarettes from Galt's Gulch, "stamped with the sign of the dollar" in gold foil, are a major plot device. Kinnan is the only Looter who smokes, and is the one smart enough to get his way all the time despite being just a union boss to their CEOs, Senators and Professors.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_5e111c91
type
Uncle Pennybags
 Atlas Shrugged / int_5e111c91
comment
Uncle Pennybags: Hank Rearden is this to his mother and brother Phillip as well as to his friend, the unsuccessful businessman Paul Larkin. Unfortunately they all betray his generosity in one way or another - His mother and brother live off Rearden's money while making no effort to support themselves or even be nice to him, and Paul Larkin ends up betraying Rearden by forming a coalition with the looters which would legally force Rearden to sell Larkin his ore mines.
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Atlas Shrugged / int_5e111c91
 Atlas Shrugged / int_5fa937a
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CompletelyMissingThePoint
 Atlas Shrugged / int_5fa937a
comment
Completely Missing the Point: After listening to Galt's four-hour long tirade about the evils of government interference in industry, the looters proceed to capture him and offer him the role of economic director, a job in which he will be free to run industry as he sees fit. And then when he replies that his first order is to abolish all income taxes, Thompson balks and refuses. After Dagny returns from her idyllic sojourn in Galt's Gulch, James Taggart (who probably majored in Missing the Point) brags about how much money he has made the railroad in her absence. He gloats, because all Dagny ever cared about was making lucre. He "made" that money by pulling strings with his friends to get the government to give him outrageous subsidies and advantages. Dagny's... not impressed. James...again, after his sister's dynamo performance on Bertram Scudder's radio program. When Cherryl asks him about Dagny's comments, James responds by attacking Scudder and pointing out that he has been kicked off the radio, and Cherryl disliked Scudder anyway. Cherryl becomes quite exasperated.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_60547993
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I Want My Beloved to Be Happy
 Atlas Shrugged / int_60547993
comment
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Deconstructed, but still played straight; Rand defined Romantic love as a capitalist exchange of values like any other; affection for affection, gratification for gratification. Under this definition, a Yandere would be just another Looter, gratifying themselves with their "beloved's" pain: - better to break it off cleanly. And one vertex of a love triangle breaking away before things are settled will only leave everyone bitter about what could have been. Played straight with Rearden and Dagny. He doesn't seem that upset when he realizes that Dagny's public confession of being his mistress referring to him in the past tense means she found someone else.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_6439de78
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Heroic Sacrifice
 Atlas Shrugged / int_6439de78
comment
Heroic Sacrifice: Intentionally Averted. None of the major characters die for the sake of others.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_66755d29
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Author Avatar
 Atlas Shrugged / int_66755d29
comment
Author Avatar: Word of God (i.e. Rand herself) admits that she is the Fishwife in Galt's Gulch. Rand also referred to her real life husband-at-the-time as "my John Galt".
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_66f69cd4
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Invisibility Cloak
 Atlas Shrugged / int_66f69cd4
comment
Invisibility Cloak: John Galt invents one and uses it to hide Galt's Gulch.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_6977c45e
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Purple Prose
 Atlas Shrugged / int_6977c45e
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Purple Prose: Oh dear. Enormous psychological dissertations between each and every line of dialogue, street lamps that are "glass globes filled with light", not to mention... THE SPEECH.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_6a3d66f6
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The Simple Life Is Simple
 Atlas Shrugged / int_6a3d66f6
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The Simple Life Is Simple: Industrialists and businessmen take to farming with no trouble at all and even have enough time left over to write symphonies and work on inventions. On one hand, they're explicitly described as the world's most capable people, but on the other, they have no specific farming knowhow and no labor but themselves. Of course, they also have unrestricted access to their inventions and no "looters" demanding a cut. Galt has his power station, and the doctor has a portable X-Ray machine of his own design(in the film, it's a smartphone). It's also stated that their holdings are the merest fraction of what they had Outside, but it was also 100% theirs.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_6a696742
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The Power of Love
 Atlas Shrugged / int_6a696742
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The Power of Love/Love Is a Weakness: Comes up in the conversation surrounding the Sadistic Choice Dr. Ferris gives Hank Rearden.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_6b35bdff
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Serious Business
 Atlas Shrugged / int_6b35bdff
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Serious Business: A whole philosophy and cult of personality sprang up around Ayn Rand and her literature. The philosophy itself is still going; the cult of personality has significantly waned (especially after she died).
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Mentor Occupational Hazard
 Atlas Shrugged / int_6b6556ee
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Mentor Occupational Hazard: A Face–Heel Turn does not protect you from this trope, as Dr. Robert Stadler learns the hard way.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_6b7668fa
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Rich Idiot with No Day Job
 Atlas Shrugged / int_6b7668fa
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Rich Idiot with No Day Job: This is all part of Francisco d'Anconia's Obfuscating Stupidity.
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Meaningful Name
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On the other hand, companies with the Meaningful Names of people strapped to them are usually good, while companies with names like National, United or Amalgamated are Obviously Evil™. The point of the whole thing may be summed up by how Rearden wishes he didn't have to call all of his businesses by different names, but simply call his entire business empire "Rearden Life". Putting your name on something means nothing. But if you do something, it's a part of you no matter what it's called.
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TrueArtIsIncomprehensible
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True Art Is Incomprehensible: Once again seen in-universe. The preferred philosophy of modern academia in the book. During Lillian Rearden's party, a group of unadmirable pseudo-intellectual types gather and talk about how plot in fiction, and melody in music, are completely unnecessary.
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My Greatest Failure
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Stadler considers his greatest failure to be a student with "the kind of intelligence one expects to see, in the future, changing the course of the world" which "vanished without a trace into the great unknown of mediocrity."
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Fiction 500
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Fiction 500: Too many examples. The Taggarts, the D'Anconias, Midas Mulligan, and Hank Rearden are a few. Ironically, John Galt is not one.
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Straw Character
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Strawman Political: Almost all characters who don't agree with the protagonists' (and Rand's) philosophy are portrayed as corrupt, thieving, lying, comically incompetent fools, all working towards the country's destruction while spouting platitudes about the "common good," and stabbing each other in the back while shooting themselves in the foot.
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Idiot Ball
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Idiot Ball: Dagny abruptly picks it up in Part III when she swallows Mr. Thompson's bait hook, line, and sinker of wondering aloud if John Galt is still alive.
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Noble Demon
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Noble Demon: None of the heroes can ever do something kind or noble or what we could call sacrificial without insisting it's selfish.
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Almighty Janitor
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Promising young scientist Quentin Daniels turned down Dr. Stadler's offer of a presumedly prestigious post at the State Science Institute due to his views on governmental involvement in science. When Dagny first meets him, he is working as night watchman at an abandoned technical institute.
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Arc Words
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The man's name? "Who is John Galt?"
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Green-Eyed Epiphany
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Green-Eyed Epiphany: Eddie Willers has one when he sees Hank Rearden's dressing gown in Dagny's apartment.
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Friend to All Children
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Oh, and Orren Boyle's personal spin doctor is overly fond of children.
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Straw Loser
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Straw Loser: Lee Hunsacker, former wannabe big industrialist who sued banker Midas Mulligan for refusing to give him a loan he couldn't possibly pay back, hates everybody and everything for not "giving him a chance", and refuses to do the dishes. Almost every antagonist in the book fits this trope, to one extent or another — they all whine, blame others for their (frequent) failures, and demand that the more competent protagonists keep bailing them out.
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Screw the Rules, I Make Them!
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Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: The looters frequently resort to "public-spirited" laws with huge loopholes meant to hurt their enemies, like the "Anti Dog-Eat-Dog Rule" or Directive 10-289.
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I Reject Your Reality
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I Reject Your Reality: A Strawman Political tries to (un)reason a mother who lost her son in an accident that she doesn't really know he's dead — or that he ever even existed.
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Honest Corporate Executive
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Honest Corporate Executive: Hank Rearden, Dagny Taggart, Ellis Wyatt, Ken Danagger, Midas Mulligan... By the protagonists' moral code, the only true industrialist is one who succeeds honestly — by being tougher than the toughies, smarter than the smarties, and earning money square, not by trading favors with government and plundering from those who are more successful.
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Black and White Morality
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Black and White Morality: Explicitly endorsed by John Galt in his huge, huge speech:
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Obviously Evil
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Obviously Evil: The evil characters are all physically grotesque with either bulbous nose or a potbelly or watery eyes or bad posture and have ridiculous names like Orren Boyle, Wesley Mouch and Tinky Holloway. The good characters by contrast are always tall, thin and handsome with haughty, angular faces and good posture. Subverted with Midas Mulligan, a good guy who is short and stocky and again with Dr. Ferris, the book's most evil vilain who is given no description other than being tall, thin and graceful.
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"The Reason You Suck" Speech: John Galt's Speech, four whole hours of uninterrupted castigating that no one can escape from. Plenty of other speeches of similar tone and purpose are directed towards the bad guys by various characters throughout the novel. The villains in turn try to give similar speeches to the heroes from time to time, but they never succeed.
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Developing Doomed Characters
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Developing Doomed Characters: Galt, the hero, doesn't show up in a major way for about 700 pages. He's in the first couple chapters, but it takes the looters about 400 pages before they really start to screw up society. That "early" portion of the book is devoted to introducing characters and establishing their personalities through extensive, extensive dialogue and flashbacks.
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NiceJobBreakingItHero
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Dagny accidentally leads the Looters to Galt. (However, Galt had accepted, and prepared for, this eventuality.)
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Don't Think, Feel
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Don't Think, Feel: Deconstructed. The villains of the piece base their economic policies on emotionalism and feelings and (what they call) 'love for others'.
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Driving Question
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Driving Question: The Arc Words.
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The Dark Side Will Make You Forget
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The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Dr. Stadler
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It Amused Me
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It Amused Me: At first played straight, and later subverted, with Francisco d'Anconia who tells Dagny that the purposefully orchestrated San Sebastián disaster was “much funnier” than a recent divorce scandal. He also doesn't deny it when Dagny accuses of him “seeking a thrill” by destroying industry and swindling dumb investors.
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Tall Poppy Syndrome
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Tall Poppy Syndrome: Could be a subtitle.
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World of Snark
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World of Snark.
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Broken Pedestal
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Broken Pedestal: Dr. Robert Stadler, brilliant and idealistic scientist who becomes just another part of the looters' machine.
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Badass Creed
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Badass Creed: John Galt's philosophy is arguably summed up in one sentence:
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Villain with Good Publicity
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Villain with Good Publicity: The looters in general.
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Protagonist-Centered Morality
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Protagonist-Centered Morality: This features very prominently in its final chapters, ultimately culminating in Dagny and her allies murdering security guards in cold blood on the way to rescue John Galt, despite - or perhaps even because - the narrative saying they're too paralyzed with indecision to step aside. There's a bizarre undertone of, "Help us, fight us, or get the hell out of our way, just do something besides just sit there" during the rampage. One can argue that the questionable behavior up until that point was just washing one's hands clean of a broken system, but at that point the Strikers are just flat-out executing people for what they consider the ultimate sin - apathy. Some believe that's the point.
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Deconstructed Trope
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Rand also deconstructs the trope with the actress who joined the strike because she was typecast as the Veronica: - she was tired of having to play characters who were more interesting than the Betties in formula films while always losing to them in the end.
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Deconstruction
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Deconstruction: The chapter detailing the fate of the Twentieth Century Motor Company is a deconstruction of the Marxist slogan "From Each According to Ability, To Each According to Need." Ultimately, the plot of the novel is intended to be a deconstruction of traditional (i.e. altruistic) moral principles.
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Capitalism Is Bad
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Capitalism Is Bad: The Class-2 Apocalypse How caused by the intellectual elite's refusal to reform society, and decisions to speed up its disintegration and death instead, have caused altruistic readers to take this message from the book even though Rand believed that unregulated oligarchic/monopolistic free-market capitalism was an absolutely meritocratic political and economic system. This message was likely unintentional, as Objectivism maintains that refusing to act altruistically is perfectly 'moral' as long as you do not feel bad about refusing (like John Galt), and altruistic behaviour is only 'moral' when it makes you feel good (rather than it being inherently or ojbectively good).
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Just Before the End
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Just Before the End: The entire book is the fall of industrial society.
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Mr. Exposition
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Mr. Exposition: Eddie Willers, whose conversations with a mysterious co-worker provide both the reader and said co-worker with vital plot-relevant information...
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Self-Defeating Prophecy
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Self-Defeating Prophecy: The novel itself, or so the author hoped.
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Ignored Epiphany
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Ignored Epiphany: Right before directive 10-289 is approved of, it is evident that James Taggart is getting very uncomfortable with the way the conversation is going when one of the looters denounces a quote of George Washington's as being "Outdated", and he keeps staring out at the Washington Monument throughout the entire meeting. Just as he seems to be getting the point through his head that what they are about to do is wrong, he closes the window shades. Robert Stadler is shocked by his research being used to create the weapon of mass destruction best known as Project X, and an idealistic young man begs him to publicly denounce the thing as a great evil. Stadler goes ahead and gives the speech that Floyd Ferris asked him to give, a speech explaining how the weapon will bring peace and harmony to the world.
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Apocalypse How
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Apocalypse How: Class 2, planetary scale societal collapse. The resulting society is not better off, but it is implied that a new civilization will rise that eliminates, forever, the problems that caused the old to fall.
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It's Quiet… Too Quiet
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It's Quiet... Too Quiet: A society-wide example. After they complete the John Galt Line, Hank and Dagny spend several weeks on a vacation in the Midwest... and find themselves disturbed to find that much of the country has reverted to Wild Wilderness. They wistfully note that though many people despise gas stations and billboards, they're signs of civilization — that there are people traveling to, from and through those areas — and their lack can only be seen as evidence of a creeping Class 2 Apocalypse.
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Betty and Veronica
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Betty and Veronica: Hank Rearden and Francisco D'Anconia, with John Galt as Third-Option Love Interest. Rand also deconstructs the trope with the actress who joined the strike because she was typecast as the Veronica: - she was tired of having to play characters who were more interesting than the Betties in formula films while always losing to them in the end.
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Villainous Breakdown
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Villainous Breakdown: James Taggart suffers one at the very end.
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Heel Realization
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Heel Realization: Taggart has one, then goes nuts, after realizing that he wants to break Galt's spirit even if it kills both Galt and himself. A more tragic example: "the Wet Nurse" of Rearden's mills.
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Never My Fault
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Never My Fault: Pretty much every unadmirable character in the book will refuse to take responsibility for things which they actually are responsible for. Contrast this with the heroes, who will take responsibility or downright abuse even when they morally shouldn't. The latter approach is treated much more favourably, but it's also insinuated that both these tropes are examples of refusing to acknowledge reality.
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Comically Small Bribe
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Comically Small Bribe: Inverted. Mr. Thompson tries to offer John Galt what he thinks are comically large bribes to cooperate with the government, such as a billion dollars in gold and total economic power over the whole country. Galt points out that, in fact, such money and power would only be of value to him once he creates said value himself, making them completely worthless. Inverted again when Dagny receives a $500,000 reward check for helping the government find Galt. She never cashes it, knowing that it will be worthless in both a financial and a philosophical sense.
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Family-Unfriendly Aesop
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Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Deliberately invoked, in-universe, as the book sought to argue against traditional definitions of morality. Specifically, it promotes selfishness as a virtue. It also argues for atheism and justifies sex as a moral triumph. Moral Guardians from all over the political spectrum flew into utter outrage these messages. Gore Vidal (Socialist) said Rand's philosophy was "perfect in its immorality," and the National Review's Whittaker Chambers (ex-Communist who became a Christian conservative) said that from every page in this book he could hear a voice calling "to a gas chamber, go!" Thus, regardless of whether or not one agrees or disagrees with the aesops presented in Atlas Shrugged, they clearly fall under the category of "family unfriendly." Ayn Rand was no ally of traditional moral beliefs, after all. Furthermore the book clearly promotes the position that if you are a 'productive' member of society and your spouse and children are not, then regardless of how much they love and support you in non-financial ways you should be disgusted by their fiscal parasitism. Finally the book asserts that if you are digusted by their looting of value from you and do dismiss their love for you, then allowing them to sufffer (and likely die) is a morally good decision because your actions (hurtful/murderous) would match your inner feelings (hatred/indifference).
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Contemplate Our Navels
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Contemplate Our Navels: Many passages in the book are exactly this. Justified Trope given the genre.
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Evil Counterpart
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Evil Counterpart: Hank Rearden and Orren Boyle. Hugh Akston and Robert Stadler. John Galt and Fred Kinnan. Kinnan is particularly interesting: true to both this and Kinnan's trope, he's not just the only Looter who gives half a damn about his employees, he's the only one who's aware that they're going to lose. He emerges from a meeting with Galt saying that he enjoyed the conversation, particularly Galt's Brutal Honesty, and then calmly admits that as a career criminal like himself would be pointless in a world without regulations, he would be "the first one to go down the drain when (Galt) wins."
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Evil Will Fail
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Evil Will Fail: John Galt's theory of society, very much endorsed by the omniscient narrator. Socialism is a failed ideology that will cause any society that adopts it to collapse, and there's no use fighting it once the Gullible Lemmings have made their choice. Every "victory" by the looters simply brings their own defeat that much nearer by stamping out the last vestiges of productive humanity in America.
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Stay in the Kitchen
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Stay in the Kitchen: The opinion of progressive-minded author Balph Eubank on the role of women. He sees Dagny's position of railroad executive as unnatural and wrong.
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Sex Is Evil, and I Am Horny
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Sex Is Evil and I Am Horny: Rearden says exactly this after his first time with Dagny, who promptly tells him he's being stupid.
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Ambition Is Evil
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Ambition Is Evil: The book's villains think this, and the protagonists believe that a lack of ambition is evil.
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It Is Beyond Saving
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It Is Beyond Saving: John Galt and his followers feel this way about America.
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UnPerson
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Un-person: The dedication to Nathaniel Branden was removed in later printings of the book after his falling-out with Ayn Rand.
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Ye Goode Olde Days
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Ye Goode Olde Days: The Looters look at the collapse of industrial civilization with a degree of satisfaction as a return to these; Dagny is present as they comment on the stability of newformed Indian feudalism, and is horrified when none care about how many are suffering and dying for lack of modern necessities luxuries such as drinkable water.
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Living Legend
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Living Legend: Who is John Galt?
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JamesBondage
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James Bondage: Galt during his electrical torture scene.
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Benevolent Boss
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Benevolent Boss: Dagny and Rearden
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Balance Between Good and Evil
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Balance Between Good and Evil: Actively averted: Rand's view was that evil is a parasite on the good of the world, which cannot survive without willing virtues to loot.
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Room 101
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Room 101: The residents of Galt's Gulch nickname the room where they all spend their first night in the valley "the torture chamber" because of the psychological trauma they suffer the first night of leaving their old life behind.
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It's All Junk
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It's All Junk: Hank Rearden, when he realizes and accepts that his company, Rearden Steel, is a lost cause.
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MacGuffin
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Wesley Mouch can arguably be called a human MacGuffin. While not appearing for an amazing length of time, he is able to stay prominent in the plot by being a giant hammer over the heads of the protagonists due to his new position.
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Only Known by Their Nickname
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Only Known by Their Nickname: The boy sent by Washington to oversee Rearden's mills is nicknamed "the Wet Nurse."
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I Just Want to Be Loved
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I Just Want to Be Loved: Deconstructed and gender-flipped via James Taggart. He doesn't want to be loved for his money, his skills, the pleasure of his company... no, he wants to be loved for himself. Not for any benefit he can bring into one's life (after all, that would be selfish!). He wants to be loved for himself, or ultimately he wants to be loved for no reason at all.
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Alternate History
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Alternate History: A fandom explanation for the importance of radios, trains, and the lack of post-WWII technology is that the timeline splits around the '30s when FDR is elected, resulting in decades of stagnation, and major events such as World War II never happened in this universe.
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Love at First Sight
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Love at First Sight: Dagny for John Galt
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Hidden Elf Village
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Hidden Elf Village: Galt's Gulch - Unbuilt. Although the valley is shielded from the outside world by Galt's hologram device, the strikers spend only one month out of each year there solely as a "vacation" from the corrosive mediocrity of the outside world, so that they can express themselves freely.
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Character Filibuster
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Character Filibuster: Quite a few. A four hour long speech appears verbatim, right before the climax. After that, the rest look like zingers.
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Dead Air
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Dead Air: After John Galt hacks the radio transmissions and delivers his speech, the other characters do anything to fill up the dead air afterward, but this is treated more as a Follow the Leader response of the radio producers that came before them.
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Pyrrhic Victory
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Pyrrhic Victory: A facet of its Central Theme; though the looters always get whatever physical wealth they lay claim to, they never get the true source of that wealth. Whenever the looters are going to seize one of the properties of the actual or future strikers, they end up with either a worthless property, or one with no one competent to operate it. D'Anconia blows up his ore mines and docks, Dannager abandons his coal mines, Wyatt blows up his oil fields, Rearden walks away from his steel mill, etc.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker - Most of the good characters but particularly Dagny.
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Viewers Are Morons
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Viewers Are Morons: In-universe: Dr. Floyd Ferris writes the propaganda piece Why Do You Think You Think? for the general public, whom he believes have the intellectual ability of "drunken louts", and Dr. Stadler agrees with his premise enough to not publicly protest his methods, even though Ferris has cited Stadler's own research, completely out of context, to prove his points. Stadler's agreement with this trope is also why he had the State Science Institute founded in the first place. Many regular people in this universe seem to play this trope straight, although it is also hinted that acting on it is actually causing it to become true.
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Be Careful What You Wish For
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Be Careful What You Wish For: Ayn Rand genuinely believed that economics worked as the 'Austrian' school of philosophical 'economics' assumed that it did through the use of axiomatic logic ('Praxeology') without reference to the study of the real world. In the book this is how economics works, so one of the its Aesops is that industrial society would collapse if those who collected economic rents from the population and corporate welfare from the government ever decided that they didn't want that money:
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"Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word:
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Omnicidal Maniac
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Omnicidal Maniac: Jim Taggart has a Villainous Breakdown when he realises that he is this.
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Heir Club for Men
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Heir Club for Men: The father of James and Dagny Taggart leaves the controlling interest in Taggart Transcontinental to James, with very bad results.
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Achilles in His Tent
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Achilles in His Tent: The idea behind John Galt's strike.
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Take That!
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Take That!: Earns more than a few. The book itself throws the middle finger at Christianity, Marxism and all their intellectual and philosophical descendants (and antecedents, too). There are a handful of specific people targeted: several of the looters say "in the long run we're all dead," which is a verbatim quote from economist John Maynard Keynes. When Head of State Thompson signs the most odious of the economic legislation, he says the government will keep trying different tactics until something works. Franklin Roosevelt said much the same thing when launching The New Deal. The rhetoric "against unfair competition and monopolies" is yet another direct quote of Roosevelt. The talk of unfair competition and monopolies refers specifically to the antitrust laws, and especially the first of them, the Sherman Act of 1890.
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Author Filibuster
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Author Filibuster: As quote on the Author Filibuster Quotes page says, "Eventually the question you ask stops being 'Who is John Galt?' and becomes 'When will John Galt shut up?'" Atlas Shrugged has one of the longest examples in print, with 60 to 70 pages (depending on printing) of John Galt lecturing the entire world. There are other, shorter filibusters as well scattered through the book. It must be noted that Ayn Rand was inspired by Victor Hugo, whose novels did include numerous examples.
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Double Standard
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Double Standard: Within the world of the novel. Dr. Ferris lampshades this when he threatens Hank Rearden with the public revelation of his affair with Dagny, mentioning that Rearden's own "conquest" would be perceived as normal, even admirable by some, while Dagny would be seen as a slut and be totally dishonoured. The fear of tarnishing Dagny's good name is exactly what drives Rearden to cave in to the looters' demands. Possibly averted when Dagny proudly declares on public radio how she has been Rearden's mistress, and actually receives some admiration.
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Aerith and Bob
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Aerith and Bob: The Taggart siblings, James and...Dagny.
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Sadistic Choice: The Tunnel Disaster is a series of these for everyone involved who was paying attention. Dr. Ferris' ultimatum to Hank Rearden — the rights to Rearden Metal, or Dagny's reputation.
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It's All About Me
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It's All About Me: The good characters would swing from the chandelier to proclaim their own selfishness but are actually the only characters in the story concerned with others' welfare. The evil characters vocally proclaim themselves paragons of selflessness but actually only care about destruction, particularly abusive spouses James Taggart and Lillian Rearden.
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Lost World
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Lost World: Galt's Gulch, where industry produces miracles like it used to.
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Götterdämmerung
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Götterdämmerung: Rand saw the "men of the mind" as Gods...
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Anti Hero
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Anti-Hero: Although Rand intended her protagonists to be morally unassailable, even many people who agree with the book's Objectivist philosophy don't perceive them as pure heroes. Dagny Taggart and Francisco D'Anconia are somewhere between Type III and Type IV, Hank Rearden is more of a Type II. John Galt is arguably a Type III, albeit only to his enemies. By the time you get to pirate Ragnar Danneskjold, who steals ships of goods from governments so he can sell them, and give the money to people he judges as worthy/owed restitution, you're into Designated Hero territory.
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Happily Married
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Happily Married: Ragnar Danneskjold and Kay Ludlow.
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Aerial Canyon Chase
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Aerial Canyon Chase: When Dagny follows John Galt's airplane into the mountains, she has to do some precision flying to avoid crashing into the canyon walls.
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Humanity on Trial
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Humanity on Trial: Subverted. John Galt claims in his speech that the world is on trial, but humanity is not the defendant; its moral code is.
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Unlucky Childhood Friend: Eddie Willers; Francisco d'Anconia.
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Badass Bookworm
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Badass Bookworm: Ragnar Danneskjöld, the most fearsome pirate on the high seas, is also a philosophy major who enjoys reading Aristotle. He worked his way through college as a library clerk.
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Hope Spot
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Hope Spot: The immediate aftermath of the first ride on the John Galt Line. For a brief moment, it looks like Rearden, Dagny and Wyatt might well be able to save the country in spite of its leadership. Things don't work out that way, as Wyatt predicted.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_c420a553
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We Can Rule Together
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We Can Rule Together: The looters try to make this offer to Galt at gunpoint after the speech. He points out that all they need to do to save their civilization is start releasing controls, but they refuse, saying that that's not his concern - they just want him to "do something", refusing to accept that their controls are what is causing civilization to collapse. By the end, they're torturing him to force him to become their leader.
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Moral Event Horizon
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Moral Event Horizon: In-Universe—Hank Rearden recognizes that some may cross over to this level of unforgivable evil, where he comes to realize that "to convict a human being of that practice was a verdict of irrevocable damnation... a verdict of total evil" and that "he would not believe it of anyone, so long as the possibility of a doubt remained."
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America Saves the Day
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America Saves the Day: Simultaneously averted and played straight. Averted in that in the world of the novel, the USA is well on track to becoming just like the People's States it regularly sends government aid to (and, by the end of the novel, American society has indeed collapsed). Two heroes (D'Anconia and Ragnar The Philosopher Pirate) are Argentinian and Scandinavian, respectively. Present in that all of the novel's heroes extol (what they refer to as) American values and the majesty of a country founded on the pursuit of individual happiness. By the end of the novel all the productive people are living in lovely Colorado.
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#1 Dime
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#1 Dime: Unsurprisingly, considering the similarities between the novel and the Trope Namer, Dagny has two — the bracelet Hank Rearden had made from the very first pour of Rearden Metal, and the first coin she earned working in Atlantis.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_c58a2047
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Brain Drain
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Brain Drain: This is John Galt's major plan: to drain all of America.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_c6655b23
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Fallen Hero
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Fallen Mentor: Dr. Stadler was one of Galt, Danneskjöld, and d'Anconia's mentors in college, and a confidant for Dagny.
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Compliment Backfire
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Compliment Backfire: Hank Rearden is thrown a banquet after the tremendous success of Taggart Transcontinental's Rearden Metal line, at which he is praised loudly for being someone who people desperately needs. He's not very impressed. Composer Richard Halley joins the strike after the night his opera became a roaring success for the same reason.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_c75df49a
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out: Rand read both 1984 and Animal Farm. Her villains not only must master the art of doublethink to function in their new jobs and environment but (sincerely) espouse words of wisdom such as "slavery is freedom."
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_c76f81b8
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Non-Idle Rich
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Non-Idle Rich: Most of the heroic businesspeople, such as Dagny Taggart, Midas Mulligan and Hank Rearden will be this, having already made millions of dollars but staying in business pretty much because they love doing it. The entire D'Anconia family also counts, although Francisco pretends to be a worthless playboy for a while as part of his cover when striking.
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Rags to Riches
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Rags to Riches: Cherryl Brooks upon her marriage to James Taggart... which is when all her troubles start.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_c98b7916
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Messianic Archetype
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Messianic Archetype: Galt, complete with a Crucified Hero Shot as he's enduring Electric Torture at the hands of the villains. Subverted, since he's not acting out of altruism.
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Peace & Love, Incorporated
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Peace & Love, Incorporated: All of the villainous businessmen claim to be working only for "the public good", while in fact they are anything but. The heroic businessmen make no secret of the fact they are only out to make money: or so it seems. Most seem to actually be motivated more by the love of running a business well than anything. Twentieth Century Motors under the leadership of the Starnes children is a notable example. The two brothers were pretty much hypocrites, but Ivy Starnes was quite sincere and had no interest in money. The workers found her to be the most loathsome of the three siblings.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_caf89e54
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Taking You with Me
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Taking You with Me: Oil tycoon Ellis Wyatt sets his fields ablaze as a parting shot before disappearing.
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Corrupt Corporate Executive
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All of the villainous businessmen claim to be working only for "the public good", while in fact they are anything but. The heroic businessmen make no secret of the fact they are only out to make money: or so it seems. Most seem to actually be motivated more by the love of running a business well than anything.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_cc4b45f6
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Word of God
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Word of God (i.e. Rand herself) admits that she is the Fishwife in Galt's Gulch.
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Nuclear Weapons Taboo
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Nuclear Weapons Taboo: Nukes may have not yet even been around when the idea behind Project Xylophone came together.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_ce1c73e2
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Just Plane Wrong
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Just Plane Wrong: Averted by simply not getting too technical, right up until Dagny's crash, where she follows the other aircraft's "taillights" and clings to the "steering wheel." Also, she tends to "leap behind the wheel" and take off without any kind of preflight—which is not impossible, just inadvisable.
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Loads and Loads of Characters
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Loads and Loads of Characters
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_d3aad64a
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Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
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Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Averted. Several characters on the looter side have doctorates, such as Dr. Ferris (who is a biologist by training), Dr. Simon Pritchett, and Dr. Stadler. However, it is not insinuated that university education itself is bad: Fred Kinnan, the most clear-headed and honest of the looters, once says that he is clear on things "because he never went to college", but it's heavily implied that this is because the philosophy of the looters has taken over the education system in this world, not because intellectualism is bad on its own.
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Hypocrite
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Hypocrite: The brothers who ran the 20th Century Motor Company into the ground. They preach equality and Communism but spend lavish amounts of money on parties and fancy cars. Interestingly, however, the most terrifying sibling executive was the sister, who was completely and totally sincere about her philosophy.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_d5d976dd
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I Have Many Names
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I Have Many Names: Francisco's full name is "Francisco Domingo Carlos Andres Sebastian d'Anconia."
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Steel Mill
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Steel Mill: The one at Rearden Steel headquarters is given some description. Unusually for the setting, it is described positively.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_d7f21602
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Holding Out for a Hero
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Holding Out for a Hero: One of the central themes of the book, the looters can't get anything done on their own. At one point, the government tries to force John Galt to help them. He says no.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_d842e380
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Love Redeems
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Love Redeems: Subverted by James Taggart's courtship of Cherryl Brooks from the dime store.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_d8573ef9
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Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!
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Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: The bonds of "friendship" among the looters, a.k.a. the "Aristocracy of Pull."
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Wall of Text
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Wall of Text: Several characters interrupt conversations to hold what amounts to speech-like monologues, sometimes with literally pages of oration on end without so much as a paragraph break.
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Screw This, I'm Outta Here!
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Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Dr. Robert Stadler — too late to do him any good.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_da1c8191
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Writers Cannot Do Math
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Writers Cannot Do Math: A particularly egregious example. When the first train is riding on the John Galt Line, we are given the following bits of information, in three successive sentences: The train passes a signal light 'every few seconds'; The distance between each signal light and the next is two miles; The train is doing a hundred miles an hour. Now, if the train is really travelling at a hundred miles an hour, it will take (3600/(100/2)) = 72 seconds to cover a distance of two miles, i.e. well over a minute. Then again, perhaps this is Ayn Rand's concept of 'a few seconds'.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_da3043c5
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Fake Ultimate Hero
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Fake Ultimate Hero: James plays this to Cherryl after they meet.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_da8c447e
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Unobtainium
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Unobtainium: Rearden Metal
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_dae5c997
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Action Girl
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Action Girl: In addition to her intellect and industrial competence, Dagny Taggart has moments of more concrete badassery. For instance, she is an accomplished airplane pilot, which comes in handy during a genuinely awesome air chase scene — where she manages to track down her quarry in a small, under-fuelled plane, over dangerous territory, while suffering from sleep deprivation.
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What We Now Know to Be True
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What We Now Know to Be True: Galt's engine is called out as working on a new principle and proving several laws of physics to be false.
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Despair Event Horizon
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Despair Event Horizon: Cherryl
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_de9047ac
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Gambit Pileup
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Gambit Pileup: Heavily implied to be occurring in this world especially when it is revealed that Wesley Mouch, at one point the most powerful man in the United States, is "the zero at the meeting point of forces unleashed in destruction against one another" — that is, he's enough of a non-entity to satisfy rival factions trying to put their "friends" in important positions and keep their enemies out. Also occurs every other page between the "businessmen" who are incapable of earning an honest living helping each other and stabbing each other in the back as the plot demands.
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Rage Quit
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Rage Quit: When Dagny discovers through the newsapaper that Directive 10-289 has been passed into law, which forbids anyone from quitting, (and realizes James was involved) she walks into James' office, throws the newspaper in his face, and quits, saying she won't be a slave or a slave driver. "Wyatt's Torch" is lit when Ellis Wyatt blows up all of his oil fields after the government passes laws that would doom his business, and the John Galt Line, to a slow death. "I am leaving it as I found it. Take over. It's yours."
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Humans Are Special
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Humans Are Special: John Galt's view is that humans are the only species that use reason to survive and achieve, as well as the only species to be capable of deliberate self-destruction. About half of Galt's Character Filibuster reads like a Patrick Stewart Speech about the virtues of human beings at their best.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_e057ad12
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I'm Not Here to Make Friends
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I'm Not Here To Make Friends: "I don't give a damn about 'the public good'. I'm running a business."
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_e06d3a98
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In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves
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In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves: Averted. John Galt claims that humanity has been acting to destroy itself for most of its history: however, this is not insinuated to be part of basic human nature, but a choice made based on the attempt to follow bad philosophies such as altruism and mysticism. He also claims that those whose nature is to destroy themselves, such as James Taggart, would have long ago if the productive hadn't kept enabling them.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_e30a4813
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Third-Option Love Interest
 Atlas Shrugged / int_e30a4813
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Hank Rearden and Francisco D'Anconia, with John Galt as Third-Option Love Interest.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_e3b0cd87
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Morality Pet
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Morality Pet: Subverted. James Taggart wants Cherryl to be this, but instead she realises what he is and refuses to play her part.
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Egopolis
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Egopolis: - Averted by Galt. Everyone else calls the hidden valley where the strikers are living "Galt's Gulch", but he calls it by its owner: "Mulligan's Valley". Played straight by the planned "Meigsville". On the other hand, companies with the Meaningful Names of people strapped to them are usually good, while companies with names like National, United or Amalgamated are Obviously Evil™. The point of the whole thing may be summed up by how Rearden wishes he didn't have to call all of his businesses by different names, but simply call his entire business empire "Rearden Life". Putting your name on something means nothing. But if you do something, it's a part of you no matter what it's called.
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 Atlas Shrugged / int_e567510d
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Determinator
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Determinator: Dagny, particularly in regards to how she finds Galt. She finds his plane, grabs her own, follows it until it seemingly disappears into the side of a mountain, and follows. Hank Rearden went through countless failures before he finally invented a successful version of Rearden Metal.
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The Mole
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The Mole: Eddie Willers, unknowingly, in a way. He tells everything about what's happening with Dangy Taggart and Taggart Transcontinental to a man in a cafe, not realizing that man is John Galt.
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Hobbes Was Right
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Hobbes Was Right: Whenever a looter's utopian plan for a world without self-interest goes bad, they will claim the failure is due to this trope. The novel very much insinuates that Hobbes was wrong, and Galt deconstructs this trope in his speech when he mentions that those who damn humanity should have a good look at the moral code they are judging humanity by.
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Akston slyly notes that though he knows the student Stadler speaks of, but that "His name would mean nothing to you. He is not famous."
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The Vamp
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The Vamp: Lillian Rearden, who we discover married Hank just to drive him to have an affair and break his spirit.
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Fascist, but Inefficient
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Fascist, but Inefficient: The looters' policies end up turning America into this, with critical resource shortages, riots, greatly increased unemployment rates, and trains not running on time all across the nation. By the end of the novel American society has pretty much collapsed.
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Big Damn Heroes
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Big Damn Heroes: John Galt's rescue by Dagny, Hank, Frisco and Ragnar. Ragnar even crashes through a window, guns akimbo to ambush the guards.
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Cain and Abel: James and Dagny Taggart; Phillip and Hank Rearden.
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Best Her to Bed Her: Dagny Taggart is a strong, powerful woman — who can only feel attracted to a man if she sees that he is even stronger still. The book is full of florid prose about how much she's always wanted to find a man who would be capable of dominating her, and how much Dagny enjoys being submissive when romanced by a worthy male. The contrast between this and her strength and competence is emphasized. To her credit, however, Dagny remains capable and intelligent, and being submissive to a man in a romance does not relegate her to playing second fiddle to him in other contexts, or prevent her from challenging him when needed.
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Self-Made Man
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Self-Made Man: Hank Rearden, John Galt. Most of the minor heroic industrialists, such as the Starnes heirs' father, are also hinted or outright stated to be this. Inverted by Orren Boyle, who likes to present himself as one of these but in fact got the majority of his head start using a hundred million dollar loan from the government. Francisco d'Anconia, in his spare time during college, works at a copper mine and rises to own it, just so he can prove he could.
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Atlantis
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Atlantis: Francisco D'Anconia's preferred nickname for Galt's Gulch.
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People's Republic of Tyranny
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People's Republic of Tyranny: By the end of the novel every country in the world sans the United States is a "People's State" (read: a communist dictatorship).
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A World Half Full: Despite all the social and economic collapse, the world of the novel is really one of these, as it is clear that evil and suffering are completely unnecessary and will collapse in on themselves once the good stops feeding them.
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Conspicuous Consumption: Francisco d'Anconia became famous for this after adopting his playboy persona. James Taggart also goes on a spree of this later on. Notably averted with most of the heroic characters, even very rich ones: they may purchase extremely expensive objects, but do this for their quality rather than showing off how rich they are.
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Redemption Equals Death: Tony (a.k.a. the "Wet Nurse") who was attached to Rearden's company as a part of the "rationing" program forced upon Rearden.
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Bromance: Hank Rearden and Francisco d'Anconia; Dr. Akston and John Galt; Kenneth Danagger and Hank Rearden...
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I Love You Because I Can't Control You
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I Love You Because I Can't Control You: The novel's explicit philosophy of love that all the protagonists live by.
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Platonic Life-Partners: Dagny Taggart and Eddie Willers
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Science Is Bad: Various characters believe this, especially Balph Eubank who believes that machines have destroyed humanity's connection to the earth, to the point where women are now running railroads instead of raising children. Averted with Dr. Stadler, however: He has become a villain but this is only because he is using science to serve the looters.
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Good People Have Good Sex / Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: Dagny's affair with married man Hank Rearden is portrayed as an exalted, beautiful and fulfilling relationship, whereas Hank's wife Lillian (a villain) believes Sex Is Evil and uses Hank's guilt over his fondness for sex to control and manipulate him. In contrast, James Taggart's one-night stand with Lillian is treated as disgusting, as those involved are doing so not out of their enjoyment of the act itself, but out of their (mistaken) belief that the act will somehow harm Hank Rearden. James actually calls Lillian "Mrs. Rearden" as he gets off.
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Insult Backfire: Midas Mulligan, banker and striker; he legally changed his name from "Michael" when his enemies gave him the nickname. Also:
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Self-Destructing Security: John Galt's preferred method of security.
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True Art Is Angsty
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True Art Is Angsty: In-universe example - Balph Eubank is a major proponent of this idea. It says something that no book of his has ever sold more than three thousand copies. So, he proposes a law which states that ten thousand copies is the maximum legal sale limit for any book...
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Evil Cannot Comprehend Good
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Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: After capturing Galt, the various Looters try and talk him into helping them out. We see Mr. Thompson's conversation at length, and it's clear he cannot understand anything Galt believes. The two talk past each other most of the time.
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Have a Gay Old Time
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Have a Gay Old Time: [Dagny saw that Rearden] "had the gayest smile she had ever seen." The term gay is used frequently in Atlas Shrugged, including Hank Rearden proclaiming that "he liked to see people being gay, even if he didn't understand this kind of enjoyment." This kind of enjoyment referred to the party his wife was throwing. Dagny Taggart finds Francisco d'Anconia "sitting on the floor playing with his marbles." Many events and items (like Galt's motor) are "queer." Oh, and Orren Boyle's personal spin doctor is overly fond of children.
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I Was Just Passing Through
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I Was Just Passing Through: This trope is virtually a way of life for the strikers.
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After listening to Galt's four-hour long tirade about the evils of government interference in industry, the looters proceed to capture him and offer him the role of economic director, a job in which he will be free to run industry as he sees fit. And then when he replies that his first order is to abolish all income taxes, Thompson balks and refuses.
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Brick Joke: Remember how Dagny returns from Galt's Gulch just in time to hear that the engines from their star line and the cars from a coal run were being appropriated to pick up a shipment of grapefruit? Two-hundred and fifty pages later, after the looters have captured Galt, it's mentioned that Mr. Thompson's doctor had prescribed him grapefruit juice to help with an "epidemic" of colds. And we learn of this because they just at that moment ran out of juice. Right up until the collapse, resources were put aside so the Head Of State could have grapefruit juice.
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Grail in the Garbage
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Grail in the Garbage: the Static Motor (infinite energy generator) which John Galt invelted all by himself while working at the Twentieth Century Motor Company is never put into production even though he left behind a working engine, complete blueprints, and all his research notes when he resigned (and the company holds the patent). That the Looters are completely incapable - or worse, unwilling - to put an infinite energy generator into production in the absence of men (and women) with John Galt's capitalist-entrepeneurial drive, symbolizes their utter incompetence. Galt later says that he abandoned the engine as easily as he would a cigarette butt, since he designed it while working for the company and he respected the company's right to the intellectual property. Galt himself is one, overlooked by the government in their search for anyone with that name who might be in charge of the strike... because he's working for Taggart Transcontinental as a track laborer. Under his own name.
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Pet the Dog
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Pet the Dog: Dr. Stadler shows genuine interest in the motor which Dagny finds, and his speech about how he is so pleased to see a new, brilliant idea which is not his own is very touching. For a while it seems he may have some hope of redemption as he recommends a scientist who may be able to reconstruct it to Dagny... it didn't last, though.
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Rich Idiot with No Day Job / int_dd3fe595
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Ruthless Modern Pirates / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Sadly Mythtaken / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Screw the Rules, I Have Connections! / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Screw the Rules, I Have Money! / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Self-Destructing Security / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Self-Made Man / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Sex Is Evil / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Sex Is Evil, and I Am Horny / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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She Cleans Up Nicely / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Sibling Yin-Yang / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Signature Line / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Smithical Marriage / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Smoking Is Cool / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Socialite / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Society Marches On / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Sociopathic Hero / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Soldier vs. Warrior / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Songs in the Key of Lock / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Speech-Centric Work / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Spiteful Suicide / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Spoiled Sweet / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Steel Mill / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Straight Edge Evil / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Strangled by the Red String / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Suddenly Always Knew That / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Terra Deforming / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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That's an Order! / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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The Alleged Boss / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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The Beautiful Elite / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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The Elites Jump Ship / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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The Fettered / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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The Hedonist / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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The Last DJ / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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The Needs of the Many / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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The Obi-Wannabe / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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The Social Darwinist / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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The World Is Not Ready / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Then Let Me Be Evil / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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There Are No Good Executives / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Tomorrowland / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Torture Technician / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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True Art Is Angsty / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Übermensch / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
hasFeature
Ultimate Blacksmith / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Undisclosed Funds / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Unobtainium / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Unwanted Spouse / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Urban Legend Love Life / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Virginity Makes You Stupid / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Wall of Text / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
hasFeature
We Can Rule Together / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Weapon of Peace / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Weird Trade Union / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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What We Now Know to Be True / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
hasFeature
Who Are You? / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
hasFeature
Why Can't I Hate You? / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
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Fallen States of America / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
hasFeature
Fictional Document / int_dd3fe595
 Atlas Shrugged
hasFeature
Scarpia Ultimatum / int_dd3fe595