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  • I dutifully watched Atlas Shrugged Part III, which was released on September 12 to local movie theaters. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlas_Shrugged:_Part_III As expected, there were not many people in my theater. I must admit that I have a hard time arguing with the one (somewhat negative) review I have seen: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/atlas-shrugged-part-iii-who-732632 The film was obviously fairly low budget, and I did not find the philosophical content much higher or very persuasive. Even if this film was seen by large numbers of people, I doubt they would be very inspired or educated. From that point of view, the high point of the film was where John Galt was being offered great economic power by the US President, when Galt said “that kind of power should not exist”.  But I think that there should have been stronger emphasis on the fact that Galt was being tortured in order to force him to become an economic dictator (under the President).  As portrayed, it simply looked like they were trying to hurt him because they didn’t like what he did or said. I was somewhat turned-off by the masses chanting “We want John Galt” — as if they were looking for a new dictator to replace the President. The movie portrayed a decaying society, but could have better emphasized how modern fascism of regulation is at least as economically destructive as socialism. On a less cerebral level, I was turned-off by the chocolate cake that Dagney and John were eating. Also, John’s partly unshaven face reinforced my impression that for many women being partly unshaven is very sexy.

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  • Throughout our history there have been pandemics. As science has developed the better people have become at dealing with it. But we have seen something very different with Covid-19. It is almost a return to something like the Middle Ages, where you are declared ‘unlean’ if you have it and are required to stay away from everyone else. If you get the worst symptoms of Covid-19 it sounds very bad and as we know, if you are vulnerable, lethal. But so is flu. So why have our politicians decided to lockdown society? Is it a strange form of group think that made them all follow suit, with some exceptions?  Are the public unable to cope with something like this that there was no other option but to shut society down? If that is the case, why has that happened? Are politicians so scared of not being seen to take action that they felt they had to do this, otherwise they would lose at the next election? Or is this an attempt by politicians to take back control after being challenged by voters during the last few years?

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