The following review of AS-III + commentary on our own times is by faithful reader (and even more faithful Outlaw) Mac the Knife:
I went and saw Atlas Shrugged – Who Is John Galt today. Thought you might like a few observations about the movie.
I thought it was probably the best of the three. While they stray from the book in places they capture the essence of what Ayn Rand was saying. Kristoffer Polaha plays John Galt and he does a very good job. Probably not the image most people would expect John Galt to look like, but he actually did a very good job. I also liked Laura Regan as Dagny. As expected they could not put everything from the book into the movie, but they really did not leave too much that was important out. The scenes in Galt’s Gulch were very good. The best part of the movie in my opinion. From Dagny returning to the end of the movie it seemed a little bit rushed to me. But they had a lot to convey in a short time. The speech was short; only a few minutes long but it held the essence of the 90 page or so speech in the book. Basically he asked do you want to live as a sacrificial lamb to the state or live life free and keep all the fruits of your labor.
When President Thompson was interrupted at the start of his speech by John Galt a woman sitting behind me told whoever she was with that she wished that would happen to Obama.
Two people that should not have been in the movie at all were Sean Hannity and Glen Beck in cameo appearances after Galt’s speech saying this will be the downfall of President Thompson. They are both statist to the core and I cannot stand to listen to them. Ron Paul also made a cameo appearance in support of the speech.
While they portrayed the crumbling infrastructure in the movie most of the characters were using modern cell phones and there were large screen TVs and computer monitors throughout the movie.
The audience was small, maybe 20 or 30 people in all, and mostly elderly. Not very many young people at all. But then this is not their type of movie to watch. With the education system in place today not very many young people would understand what they were watching anyway. And this is sad, because they are the ones that need to be woken up to what is happening and what their future will be like if present trends continue.
Since Ayn Rand wrote the book when there was still a semblance of a gold standard in the country she wrote about the physical destruction of the infrastructure being the result of the men and women of the mind being on strike. While you do see a lot of that happening today in stores being closed for over five or more years with no one reopening them, it has progressed no where near far enough to cause a collapse of the system as a whole. What I think will bring down the system world wide is the complete collapse of the financial system since every central bank in the world is in a race to see who can print the most money. 10 or 15 years ago I did not think I would live to see the financial system collapse, but now I think I will, and I will be 70 in Dec. I do not think the fantastic increases in wealth and gadgets in the electronics industries will be enough to stem the tide of the physical and financial collapse.
Personally I do not think the financial collapse can be stopped. The world is drowning in debt and there are only two outcomes. Complete dictatorship or a complete collapse with total chaos. Not a very bright picture is it. I would love to be proved wrong but somehow I do not think I will.
There is only one scenario that might get us through all this. A complete collapse of the financial system and the people realize that it was all brought on by governments and central banks. If they can be gotten rid of soon enough after the collapse and never allowed to make their reappearance, the world may have a chanche.
Sorry to be so down on everything, but the facts cannot be changed. But it is just great just to be alive and I enjoy and love every single minute of it.
End guest commentary. I’ll be waiting for the DVDs myself, since none of the AS movies ever play at theaters within 100 miles of me. And I may be less pessimistic than Mac about the state of the economy and freedom. But it’s another beautiful summer day and I’m going to enjoy it.