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Chapter 2 — The Chain — Part 7

Wrapping up Paul Larkin. Hank Rearden is expressing his frustration with the idea that he has to pay someone to be his spokesperson in Washington, and says, ‘”…What’s wrong with the world?” Paul replies, “Why ask useless questions? 403 more words

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Chapter 2 — The Chain — Part 6

Paul Larkin, continued. “He had clung to Rearden for years, in awed admiration. He came for advice, he asked for loans at times, but not often; the loans were modest and were always repaid, though not always on time. 468 more words

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Chapter 2 --- The Chain -- Part 5

I think it’s clear by now that the “chain” referred to by this chapter title is not referring to the bracelet, but rather how Hank Rearden is weighed down or imprisoned by his wife and family. 379 more words

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Chapter 2 — The Chain — Part 4

At last, Hank Rearden comes home, to a nasty domestic situation worthy of Tennessee Williams. Hank’s wife Lillian is there, along with his mother, his brother Philip, and Paul Larkin, “their old friend”. 360 more words

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Chapter 2 -- The Chain -- Part 3

Before Hank Rearden arrives home: “People, he thought, were as hungry for a sight of joy as he had always been — for a moment’s relief from that gray load of suffering which seemed so inexplicable and unnecessary. 286 more words

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Chapter 2 -- The Chain -- Part 2

Much description here of the extraordinary amount of work Hank Rearden put into his company over ten years (along with his subordinate scientists, who, while willing, had ‘the unspoken sentence hanging in the air: “Mr. 332 more words

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The Folly of Libertarianism, pt. V: Ayn Rand does not Reflect Reality and is a Terrible Author

Note: this is part five, parts one, two, three, and four may be found here.

While the most dogmatic followers of Ayn Rand refer to themselves as “Objectivists”, self-described Libertarians, such as former Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, vocally express respect for the literature and political writing of Ayn Rand. 1,589 more words

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