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does Atlas Shrugged, the Movie, know who John Galt is?

July6

so…

I’m confident many of you will find yourselves only incredulous that I’ve yet to view Atlas Shrugged (prophetically in the form of “part I”) in it’s cinematic form. how many of you were aware it had made it’s way, finally, to a cinema near you?

the fact is I’m waiting. I’ll explain, later.

but, and don’t read deep meaning into this, I’m not sure if I want to see it alone, with a hand-picked viewing companion that might have the same extremely high expectations as myself, or rent it, at some uncertain point.

…I’m waiting, to even decide that tactical process.

but… oh dear GOD, they’ve modernized it, set in 2016 amidst a sustained economic depression.

mind you… this is a 2011 American film adaptation of the first part of Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged. it’s intended as the first in a film trilogy that will ultimately encompass the entire (and gloriously daunting) one thousand three hundred and sixty eight (1,368) page book. the history of this effort must needs be both understood and appreciated because it’s as epic as the book itself – baring in mind this book, and, arguably, the movie, is actually a sequel to The Fountainhead. Ayn Rand completed The Fountainhead in 1943 and then the screenplay for the 1949 Hollywood adaption.

in any event, after various treatments and proposals floundered for nearly 40 years, investors led by the enigmatic John Aglialoro took matters into their own hands (in fine John Galt fashion) and initiated production.

if the trilogy is completed, it will tell the story of Atlas Shrugged, set in a dystopian United States where leading innovators, from industrialists to artists, are led by John Galt to go on strike, “stopping the motor of the world” to reassert the importance of the free use of the mind and of free market capitalism.

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as evidenced above, I did find the trailer to the (now) new(ish) film. It is very slick, to be certain, and updated (that word: modernized, again). I do wish it was more of a 1950′s period piece, in the film noir style I feel that it likely deserves.

watch it. do it!

but, read the book, first. do it!

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

follow me, then

October21

follow me boys. it’s glory or death, then.

dramatic words, to be sure.

however, we’re realizing another period in our nations history where drama and action are relevant and required. Aubrey Nelson said it first (as far as I know), but Neal Boortz repeated it – and, with great emphasis. We may well be facing the single greatest challenge to our country since the Civil War. mind you, war has a unique way of catapulting a society to another level. that can be a higher level, or a lower level.

I don’t know if shots will be fired, other than from debating floor. but, I’m convinced that change needs to be the result.

our national deficit, which means debt, may be creeping towards unprecedented levels. back when England, France and Spain were much younger as nations they also owed a lot of money so they set out to discover new territories. we may not have that option, other than Mexico. more on that later, but annexing Mexico makes a lot of economic and strategic sense.

England has committed to reducing government spending by twenty-five percent (25%) until their deficit is “manageable”. trust me, they mean it. and, few people can knuckle down better than the English. I’m married to one of them. the French on the other hand are rioting in the streets. I don’t know if it’s because they have embraced a Muslim culture, or if it’s because they can’t survive, as a people, without direct government distribution of broader fiscal management.

historically, our own (more) direct ancestors faced some tough decisions and then challenges in terms of whom they might follow – the English and/ or the French.

by the way… the French are not as self-entitled as our media would have you think. it’s mostly that they have become dependent on a government that tells it’s people what to do as opposed to leading by example.

as it turned out, from the historical rear-view mirror, we learned vital lessons from both and followed our own destiny. now Barack Obama and his total lack of both business acumen and disregard for anything other than his personal desire to stay in power, threaten everything that a Capitalist-oriented nation with appropriate oversight and checks and balances should stand for.

broad statements, I know. and, the debate, with salient details, will take better form elsewhere.

but, the question, here, is whom shall we follow? England or France?

lessons both learned and taught from my own experience with standing armies, and in business, is if you don’t like what is happening you change the rules, or you change the circumstances. so, perhaps I run the risk of being called a dissident or a heretic – depending on your historical perspective – and, think like the English or the French. but, we must needs realize change.

so… getting back to that drama… it really might be about glory or death. I am a patriot. I am also an influencer. and, I think first, and foremost like a Jeffersonian and the heterodox. let’s go ahead and toss in some Ayn Rand for good measure. Barack Obama would fear, and also hate, both of them – just like Golem despised the light (Lord of the Rings). fight the evil. let’s not be like the French and allow an insidious and ill-conceived agenda inspire rot in our culture that will disallow our children to realize what this nation was founded upon, and can be yet, in terms of a global beacon of truth and light.

I have a torch, in hand. and, I’m lighting it here. follow me boys. it’s glory, or death.

more later.

meanwhile, lets listen to “its the end of the world, as we know it” by REM (this tune never had a dedicated music video of it’s own. but, this offering is relatively apropos.

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peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

remembering Patricia Neal

August9

Husky throated Patricia Neal took her last breath on Martha’s Vineyard.

But, long before she did that she managed to live life akin to a Greek tragedy. This included a series of strokes beginning at age thirty nine and the loss of a seven year old daughter to measles. However, she also inspired many with her courage and keen sense of community.

But, she also had the female lead, opposite Gary Cooper, in the 1949 film version of Ayn Rand’s novel “The Fountainhead,” and was the original Mother on the Waltons.

As many readers of this blog are well aware, Ayn Rand shaped my early life both in business and outside of it. And, I spent many an hour between college classes at Radford University and varsity sports watching The Waltons. So, that help reinforce some of my views as well. In fact, many of my fellows within the Prudent Society of Optimistic Gentlemen share that same foundation.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

when sharp witted nuance is a blunt edged weapon

July19

High Court Justice John Paul Stevens is retiring.

And now, the stage is set for a subtle shift and the potential change for history in the making.

What’s the big deal, you ask? Well… You probably would not ask such a question – especially as we approach a weekend. But, I, on the other hand, spend endless and seemingly sleepless nights pondering implications of such things (it’s all part of being Jeffersonian, and a Prudent and Optimistic Gentleman). What is not widely understood is that Justice Anthony Kennedy, who already decides whether liberals or conservatives win the Supreme Court’s most closely contested cases, is about to take on an even more influential behind-the-scenes role.

Kennedy will inherit Stevens’ power to choose the author of some court opinions.

I am on my toes!

Why is this important, you finally ask?

The crafting of these opinions has historically been used to subtly shape a ruling or preserve what is, almost always, a tenuous majority. In fact, I feel this creative utilization of the nuance is at the very core of what Thomas Jefferson had in mind as he outlined the structure of the US Constitution – and, what it is capable of in the right minds.

For example: An unwritten high court rule gives the senior justice in the majority, most often the chief justice, the power to assign opinions.

NOTE: The overall balance of power on the court is unlikely to change, with President Barack Obama’s choice of Elena Kagan to replace the liberal-leaning Stevens. So, today, this change might keep the court’s most liberal justices from writing some of its biggest decisions. When the liberals win an ideologically driven case by, say, a 5 to 4 vote, the court’s two senior justices – currently Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia, both conservatives – are sure to be on the losing side.

With Stevens gone, Kennedy is now next in line to swing opinion by assigning language to support or deny.

It’s both insidious and brilliant – and, a great example of why people refer to the nebulous “they”. This makes Kennedy potentially one of “them”.

You’ve likely read other snippets in this Blog when and where I’ll refer to something said by former Bush administration solicitor general, Paul Clement. I called him late last Friday to ask his opinion of these current events. He was quite busy with a matter related to his boat. However, he did offer that putting the power to assign opinions in Kennedy’s hands is: “…the single most important dynamic change.” brought on by Stevens’ departure.

David Garrow, a Cambridge University historian who has written about the court, said the 74-year-old Kennedy already writes a disproportionate share of the court’s big decisions and will have even more chances to do so now because he can assign opinions to himself.

Will you sleep now, reader?

This is the nexus point where the Heterodox has his day. So, look for me sustaining an opinion in this matter in the weeks and months to come. Ayn Rand would carefully alight one of her unfiltered cigarettes, fix you with a steady gaze, and then point the cigarette at you to emphasize her point that the potential for manipulating the direction of rules in a manner that disallows balanced and informed decision-making is not tolerable. And, I’m not clear this is what Thomas Jefferson had in mind. He might be spinning so fast in his grave that the earth could well remove itself from it’s axis.

But, maybe not if we remain alert.

Peace be to my Brothers and sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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