What If Atlas Shrugged?

Atlas Shrugged is the title of Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel in which the world grinds to a halt after the productive segment of society goes on strike. Tired of being demonized and exploited, the world’s innovators and entrepreneurs simply walk away.

What would happen to the US today if the fossil fuel industry went on a strike of indefinite duration? What would happen if we gave the environmentalists what they want? Instead of nibbling around the edges, what if we just went all the way? What would be the consequences if Atlas shrugged?

Within 24 hours there would be long lines at service stations as people sought to purchase remaining stocks of gasoline. The same people who denounce oil companies would be desperately scrounging the last drops of available fuel for their SUVs. By the third day, all the gasoline would be gone.

Read more at LewRockwell.com. By David Deming.

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  1. And the people would still be cussing the oil companies rather than laying blame where it should be; at the feet of Washington bureaucrats.

  2. chefrobert1407 says:

    I have been advocating that all those that think, accomplish thing,have businesses STRIKE and let the Looters and Moochers go to it like RATS in a cage ans eat each other now that no longer have the Doers to feed on.

  3. You have no way of knowing how much "Atlas" has shrugged already. Personally, I know many that have gave up their field and just work to provide for them selves.

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