The Market Hates “Atlas Shrugged, Part I”

Atlas Shrugged in theaters

At The Movies

Noooooooooooooooo. Atlas Shrugged, Part I, sucks so bad and is making so little money that they may not make parts II and III.

I personally blame Neil Combee, with his “Who Is John Galt?” button and accumulated years of government cash and looming pension. I doubt he spent any of that trickled-down tax money to do his part to prop up our favorite fable of embattled capitalist anti-heroes and perverts, errr, free spirits.

Anyway, here’s the Galtian supergenius who ponied up his inheritance, or whatever, to bankroll the movie:

“Why should I put up all of that money if the critics are coming in like lemmings?” Aglialoro, said. “I’ll make my money back and I’ll make a profit, but do I wanna go and do two? Maybe I just wanna see my grandkids and go on strike.”

OMG! Arrrrgggh. What’s with the defeatism? I’m crushed. Would Hank Reardon have ever invented a magical reflecting/refracting/obscuring mirror and perpetual motion machine to power and hide Galt’s gulch if he worried about the critics? Or was it Dagny? Whatever. You get my point.

Said it before, and I’ll say it again: Randism isn’t an ideology, it’s a personality disorder*. But I always diagnosed it as a tendency toward sociopathic abstraction of everything except that which directly benefits Randians. I didn’t realize, though I should have, what a profound strain of wimpiness and self-pity it includes.

* – And you know who you are.

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4 thoughts on “The Market Hates “Atlas Shrugged, Part I”

  1. Ha! I didn’t even know the movie was already out. I might put it in my netflix queue since I read the book. May as well.

    The irony, though, from what I’m reading in your story, is that self-pity and defeatism are complete opposites of what Rand espoused in that book.

  2. All this anger Billy, did you have a manuscript rejected or something?

    Rand had a way of personalizing important concepts in a way that dry economic and poly sci classes never could. Is she 100% correct? No, no more than the rest of us ever are. But she had a first hand view of collectivism in the old USSR that wonderfully informed her opinions on the subject. Her themes echoed Adam Smith’s revelation that those who seek to better themselves and respect the rights of others benefit society as a whole in their pursuits.

  3. The market must hate the other top 18 films, since only 1 had an increase from the previous week, in fact 3 of them had a higher percentage drop than Atlas Shrugged, Part I (-55%, -57%, -62%) Noooooooooooooooo But thanks for reminding me to go see it.

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