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barbaraann Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-05 05:36 AM
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Looters in Atlas Shrugged
The events of the past few days kept reminding me of Atlas Shrugged, in which there is an economic collapse that results in the rule of the country by a business elite. I did some Googling and then found that I had forgotten that one faction of society in that book was actually called the "Looters" and those people were vanquished by the "Strikers (the business elite)."

From wikipedia:

The Looters

A group of evil characters sometimes referred to as "James Taggart and his friends". They are similar to the Moochers. The Looters consist of men and women who use force to obtain value from those who produce it. They seek to destroy the producers despite the fact that they are dependent upon them. The Looters include: Mr. Thompson, Balph Eubank, Floyd Ferris, James Taggart, Orren Boyle, Paul Larkin, Robert Stadler, Simon Pritchett, Wesley Mouch, and Cuffy Miegs.

The Strikers

People of the mind who go on strike because they do not appreciate being exploited by the Looters and demonized by a society who depends on them for its very existence. The leader of the Strikers is John Galt. Other Strikers include: Hugh Akston, Francisco d'Anconia, Ragnar Danneskjld, Richard Halley, and the Brakeman. Characters who join the Strikers in the course of the book include: Dagny Taggart, Ellis Wyatt, Hank Rearden, Dick McNamara, and Owen Kellogg.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Characters_in_Atlas_Shrugged#The_Looters


So many people have read Atlas Shrugged and taken it to heart I wonder if the repetitive media attacks on post-hurricane "looters" is triggering an antipathy to the unevacuated victims of Katrina in general.
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wli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-05 05:38 AM
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1. it's a psyop for the purpose of triggering that antipathy n/t
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barbaraann Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-05 06:10 AM
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5. They keep replaying the same looting scenes over and over.
It seems they play a few scenes of looting dozens of times a day, way out of proportion.
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wli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-05 06:58 AM
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6. That's the evidence for it being a psyop. n/t
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Spinzonner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-05 05:43 AM
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2. Ayn Rand was a flaming hypocrite

and Howard Roarke (The FOuntainhead) was a terrorist.
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Conservativesux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-05 05:56 AM
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3. Rand was a despicable human who couldnt even control her habits....
drinking to excess, smoking like a chimney and having affairs with many men while she was a married woman.

This is what Libertarians find as a fine example of liberatarianism in action?

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MsTryska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-05 06:00 AM
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4. well in a way it is right?
libertarianism includes being an extreme social liberal. Everyone should have the freedom to do what they want, as long as they're not infringing on anyone else's property rights.
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