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Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

by Ayn Rand

Power Quotes

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Quote #7

"We won't have to decide. Nobody will be permitted to decide anything. It will be decided once and for all." (2.6.1.135)

James is always wanting to avoid having to make a choice. Here he sketches out his idea of a utopia, where the government will use its power to decide everything "once and for all" so that no one will ever have to decide anything again.

Quote #8

One could prove nothing to a tribunal that had no stated policy, no defined procedure, no rules of evidence, no binding principles – a tribunal, such as the Unification Board, that pronounced men guilty or innocent as it saw fit, with no standards of guilt or innocence. (2.7.3.190)

We get a view of how oppressive the government is getting here. Washington is powerful enough to get away with pretty much anything without having to answer for it.

Quote #9

"I will put an end to this once and for all," he said. His voice was clear and without any feeling.... "I will stop the motor of the world." (2.10.1.125)

Galt makes one of the book's most decisive statements about power and rebellion here. If motors represent power, then how much power must Galt have to stop them all?

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