George Ng Ng itibaren Ghissar Pari, Uttarakhand 248140, Hindistan
Okay. So if you have a couple of days (literally) and want some really heavy philosophy, this book has it. The premise is that of the United States in the 60's. In response to greater cries against the "greedy industrialists", the government starts passing laws to "equalize the playing field". What they are actually doing is destroying capitalism. In response, the industrialists begin disappearing and closing up shop, leaving their now-worthless facilities to be run by the "public". The "Atlases" - those who were supporting the weight of the world - stop doing so and "shrug" in indifference. They refuse to sacrifice themselves to the rapacious consumption of the non-producing leech. The great minds of industry disappear, and those who fill in try to cover their incompetence by making no decisions and blaming their inability on those that left, all the while passing more and more governmental regulations. Finally, under the weight of their utterly destructive system, the whole country collapses. If you can get past the repetitive prose and the sheer volume, it's a good read - one I wish more government leaders would take the time to understand. The final premise of the book is that you can not spend more than you produce, and anyone who does so is a leech and moocher.