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The Looters in Atlas Shrugged

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The Looters

We have a lot of people who fit into this category in the book. Many of them are only featured in one scene, while others keep popping up like bad pennies. The vast majority of these men, and a few women, are scarcely characterized at all. But this revolving door of looters is doing more than just mimic a few seasons of Law and Order. The sheer number of looters shows the instability of the government's system. When corruption and backstabbing are the norm, it stands to reason that there will be lots of power shifts. People rise onto the scene and disappear; others hang in there till the bitter end. The types of looters we get from the beginning till the end of the novel also differ as well, demonstrating the way the government grows worse and moves closer toward outright criminal activity.

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