Atlas Shrugged Summary and Analysis of Part III, Chapters IX and X

Summary

Robert Stadler hears John Galt, held at gunpoint, on the air on the radio in his automobile in Chapter IX, “The Generator”. He has actually been seriously disappointed because the presentation of Task X, now, knowing that John Galt, a pupil he had thought of as his kid, has actually been working against this federal government a long time, he feels as if he has actually made a terrible mistake of judgment. He understands that he will not be on the winning side of this battle, and, even if he is, he is tired of working for the meaningless looters. He remembers the presentation of the horrible weapon Project X, and he decides that seizing power for himself is the only avenue exposed to him. He drives to Iowa and tries to take control of the weapon’s setup.

Cuffy Meigs, too, has seen the composing on the wall, and he exists when Stadler arrives. He has a gun, and is meaning to control things himself by ways of the Job X weapon. Stadler still thinks that there is something valuable attached to his name, and by that value he may take control of the installation. Meigs declines, and pushes Stadler aside. In the occurring struggle the weapon is activated. It damages everything within one hundred miles, structures, animals, and people, and cuts the Taggart Bridge over the Mississippi River in half. Meigs and Stadler are, naturally, eliminated.

Dagny understands that the looters are going to attempt to physically force Galt to do as they require, and Dagny is frenzied and calls Francisco to come to her aid. On her method to fulfill Francisco she hears that the Taggart Bridge is exploded by the Job X device and transcontinental traffic in the United States is now impossible.

Galt is taken by his captors to New England to the State Science Institute and tortured with an electronic device, grimly named “Task F” because it is the idea of Floyd Ferris. Jim Taggart exists, helping the torturers, however his self-confidence is shaken when Galt assists his torturers fix the gadget of his torture. In an extreme scene, Jim understands that he has been in the service of wicked all of his life. “He was suddenly seeing the intention that had directed all the actions of his life … it was the desire to ruin whatever was living, for the sake of whatever was not.” (1145) Galt knows what is happening, and looks at Jim in his crisis. “I told you that on the radio, didn’t I?” (1146) he says. Jim collapses, and it is clear that if he does not pass away from this attack he will be a broken male forever.

In the last chapter of the unique, “In the Name of the Best Within United States”, Francisco and Dagny, together with Ragnar and Hank Rearden, fly to the State Science Institute to save John. By the power of their names and the force of their characters, the 5 of them oblige the guards at the Institute to drop their guns, and they spirit John away to an airplane and thence to the secret valley in Colorado.

Eddie Willers has actually been attempting to restore transcontinental traffic because the San Francisco station was taken control of by looters. He manages to get trains running again, rerouting them through the desert of Arizona. There is mechanical difficulty, and neither he nor any of the travelers or crew has the ability to repair the engine. Though Eddie has always worked for excellent and never capitulated to the looter government, he is nonetheless left stranded at the end of the novel.

The collapse of the federal government lastly takes place, and Galt decides that it is time for his collection of producers to leave the valley and restore the world as it need to be. Judge Narraganset composes the constitution for the new state, and Francisco and Dagny and Hank make plans for industry in the brand-new society. John states ‘The road is cleared … We are going back to the world” (1168) and traces the indication of the dollar in the air like a talisman.

Analysis

The stranding of Eddie Willers, and his refusal to give up, seems a severe ending for a pleasant character, but it served an extremely genuine purpose in Rand’s viewpoint. In this instance the inherent hierarchy of human beings in Rand’s viewpoint is exposed. People like Eddie, the “salt of the earth”, or entirely moral beings, are nonetheless not the engines of the world. The morality and intelligence and will to produce should be combined in someone in order to make a prime manufacturer, like Rearden, Galt, Dagny, and Francisco. To imply well and work hard are insufficient; the items of an innovative and logical mind, continuously being improved and improved, are what drives the progress of the world. Eddie needs Dagny and the others much more than they require him. It is a reverse of the old ideals of the common people supporting the intellectual elite; for Rand it is the other method around.

Galt seems practically Christ like, although he would abhor the contrast, when he is naked and submitting to his tormenters, and even helping them with their mechanical difficulties. It is this act which sends Jim Taggart over the edge, and Galt most likely had calculated that prior to he did it. With the total psychological collapse of Jim, Wesley Mouch and the other torturers are less confident, and they leave Galt alone enough time for Francisco and Dagny and the others to save him.

The trip to the rescue appears a bit late in the story, but it was needed for Galt to be with his tormenters for a very long time in order to erode their self-confidence. The collapse of the government was an inescapable conclusion, and Galt understood that it was only a matter of time prior to Francisco and Dagny would discover and rescue him. But they do not stick around for any length of time in the valley, as appealing and well-deserved as that reprieve might be. They regroup there but turn their focus back to the world they are going to reconstruct.

The morality of enabling the world to suffer and allowing a lot of people to pass away due to the fact that of their actions does not enter into the idea process of any of the strikers. Dagny’s hands are clean since she stays in the world nearly until the very end, but Francisco and John and Ragnar are all culpable in the material suffering of lots of people, which they straight brought on by their actions. This is part of the Rand philosophy– one must not live one’s lives for others, especially if those individuals, like the federal government of the United States in this novel, are working actively to destroy you. One wonders if there could have been a more tranquil, less destructive method of affecting the overthrow of the federal government. While this was not an armed dispute, at least as many individuals and lives were ruined by the actions of the strikers as a war.

However Rand would argue that it was the only method for the deceived public to comprehend the perfidy of the government’s plans. As part of Rand’s approach, the capacity for unreasonableness in people must be dealt with. And the only thing which will convince an unreasonable being to alter his/her actions is a risk to self-interest. Then the illogical one can, perhaps, be brought to reason, after having actually lost all the valuable items of the reasonable mind.

It is an extreme judgment on society, however Rand would argue that she is asserting the greatest good of humanity in their right to life and their power of sensible idea. The problem of Rand’s system is convincing the population and making them abide by a system, without armed compulsion like the looter federal government used. What Galt and Francisco did, by omission instead of commission, was to create a war of humanity versus itself. In this the strikers lastly come out victorious, without having actually fired a shot.

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