Discussion Question – Coursework Example
Atlas Shrugged: Analysis of Directive 10-289 Atlas Shrugged: Analysis of Directive 10-289 The directive propagated by the government of the United States in 2019 was supposed to stop the dwindling of the economy and the resources. Under the leadership of Thompson as the Head of State and Wesley Mouch who headed the Bureau of Economic Planning and National resources, the Directive so to it that the basic constitutional rights of people and businesses being thrown out of the window. Dictatorial rule reigned supreme since the government took upon itself the measure to ensure that capitalism, as it was, no longer functioned. The justification was that the Directive was for ‘the general welfare, to protect the peoples security, to achieve full equality and total stability’. In this regard, a state of national emergency was instituted. (Rand, Atlas Shrugged, 1957)
This move by the government is flawed because it is not inspired by a correct analysis of the events unfolding. The leaders are not able to face the reality and look for real solutions. They do not see themselves as being part of the problem. The loss of objectivity makes them to make very irrational laws that inhibit creativity and only lead to depress the lives of people. The evidence of these laws can be seen in the way that the economy continues to get worse even with these measures having been instituted. Ayn Rand describes this aspect of subjectivism as a state in which one believes that the state of things in reality can be altered by the whims and wishes of a person (Rand, Who is the Final Authority in Ethics?, 1965). This indeed proved not to be the case.
It is essential to realize that the economy is always in motion. It is not static. Therefore, one cannot be able to freeze this reality in an attempt to control the events unfolding. The Directive attempted to do this and failed. The lack of copper meant that metal could not be made, hence Taggart could not fix his broken track hence shipping could not be possible, and the spiral continues. Interference in such a case had a ripple effect that the Directive could not handle.
Rand, A. (1957). Atlas Shrugged. New York: Random House.
Rand, A. (1965). Who is the Final Authority in Ethics? The Objectivist Newsletter .