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another generation of fans.
Even though the heroes of AS3 had several reasons to escape an oppressive society, you do not need to go to Galt’s Gulch to homeschool your children.
Would it not be a huge mistake for her to keep her kids "at home" when they could be learning arithmetic at the Mulligan Bank? The very idea that children should not work but be in school was an interventionist political plan to keep them from competing for jobs against unskilled adults. As the d'Anconia mine is delved by human labor, perhaps the children could put in 12 hours a day to benefit from the experience of learning first hand about the early industrial revolution. Well, perhaps not...
[September 19. On the "Galt's Gulch" discussion board contributor LetsShrug pointed out that in fact, the scene is from the book. I found it on page 730 of the New American Library paperback. The mother says: "They're profession I've chosen to practice, which in spite of all the guff about motherhood, one can't practice successfully in the outer world. I believe you've met my husband, he's the teacher of economics who works as a lineman for Dick McNamara. You know, of course, that there can be no collective commitments in this valley, and that families or relatives are not allowed to come here, unless each person takes the striker's oath by his own independent conviction. I cam here not merely for the sake of my husband's profession but for the sake of my own. I came here to bring up my sons as human beings. I would not surrender them to the educational systems designed to stunt a child's brain, to convince him that reason is impotent, that existence is an irrational chaos with which he's unable to deal, and thus reduce him to a state of chronic terror. You marvel at the difference between my children and those outside, Miss Taggart? The reason is so simple. The cause is that here in Galt's Gulch, there's no person who would not consider it monstrous ever to confront a child with the slightest suggestion of the irrational." ]
On a deeper level, how does one person teach another to think? You can transmit techniques and tricks and methods and tools and aids. But the thinking must be discovered from the inside. The homeschooling scene was not an element from the work of Ayn Rand. It was just another sop thrown to the conservatives.
- The coins obviously were not gold. The props were brass. Alongside Night had a real gold coin.
- We already met Jim Taggart before the marquee card identified him.
- The names on the ceiling of producers who spent the first night in Galt’s home included many who were not in the book. Among them was Ashish Gulhati, an open source hacker from India. I am happy for him; and pleased that he was included. However, it was not canonical. That being so, this was in fact a reward to contributors to the financing of the movie.
- Where did the Wyatt workers come from?
- Where did the d’Anconia workers come from?
- Cool as was his airplane – a Lockheed Electra? – Galt’s plane was not powered by his own motor.
- Dr. Robert Stadler was soft-pedaled, not identified as the government-funded researcher whose intelligence serves brutality, whose own contradictions made that not just possible but necessary.
- When meeting Mr. Thompson, how did Galt have a cell phone in his pocket? Why was he not searched?
Jeff Yagher as Jeff Allen was the capable, competent worker who is not an innovator. When the switching system breaks down, he does not know what do to, and neither is it expected that he should. But he understands what Dagny Taggart intends as soon as she speaks her first words of command. Yagher was also the narrator. That was a segue was from the story of the Twentieth Century Motor Company from Part II. That, too, was a deviation from the book, but one acceptable as the translation across media.
The scene in Galt's apartment when the Feds force the door to the motor was perfect, right out of the book.
Overall, this was a finesse. The producers, director, actors, and cinematography team all achieved as much (if not more) on $5 million as the first installment (also a grand achievement) did on fifteen. "Third time is the charm."