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"JUDGE: You wouldn’t want it misunderstood that you work for nothing but your own profit?
October 25, 2012 -- Atlas Shrugged Part 2, now in theaters, could be more than just exciting fall film fare. This is the latest installment of the trilogy of Ayn Rand’s great novel, a book that has influenced many policymakers, including GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan, and that could influence voters in the presidential election.
A movement is more than a body of ideas; it’s a body of people connected around those ideas. In a lasting movement, those people span generations.
The day Atlas Shrugged Part II hit theaters, Amanda Luce shared a story about that connection on Facebook. I asked her whether I could share it with you, and she elaborated:
October 16, 2012 -- James Taggart is what would now be called a "crony capitalist." His wedding guests are the elite of a politicized economy. Taggart, Francisco, and Hank are all members of the "1%" --but the "money speech" (in the novel, and its distilled essence in the movie) is a clarion call to understand the nature of wealth and the distinction between those who produce it and those who acquire it through political favors.
October 12, 2012 -- Esai Morales describes how he negotiated the fine line his character walks—trying to recruit Hank and Dagny for his mysterious purpose without giving away too much of the secret. (This interview was filmed in L.A. on the set of Atlas Shrugged Part 2.)