Discussion in 'Media' started by ginscpy, Apr 26, 2011.
to Atlas Shrugged.
Much Shorter read - got its point across
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I remember that I enjoyed reading Atlas Shrugged much more than I enjoyed Animal Farm.
About the same time I read those, I also read Brave New World.
That book was, I think, a superior novel set in a distopian society than to the other two books.
Animal Farm is like what a true-to-life Atlas Shrugged II would be, Dabny Taggart et al. turn into the very thing they've been fighting against. History tells us that those who accumulate wealth and power and have a philosophy that puts their desires to the forefront, eventually become tyrants over the less powerful. It's human nature and something Rand refuses to deal with. Orwell was the one that really got it right, not Rand.
Animal farm is not in any way an anti-socialist book. Its lesson is more anti communist, specifically anti-stalinist (as was 1984). Orwells critique is based on his frustration that socialsim, a policy he approved of, seemingly couldnt be implemented sucessfully without denegrating into opression and totalitarianism.
In animal farm the corruption happened gradually, as opposed to 1984 where that cycle's revolutionaries knew exactly what they were doing, and imposed the controlling state from the start of thier power.
Atlas is bourgeois liberal glorification of evil.
Animal Farm was a lamentation of the infighting and factionism that undermined the Spanish revolution and the tendency for strong men to establish themselves as the new ruling class and set back Man's progress towards communism.
Rand was based in her pseudo-nazi fantasies.
Orwell was grounded in the realities of Spain.
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