"Who is John Galt?" The Atlas Society Releases a Video Commentary on a Key Scene from Atlas Shrugged Part 2

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In this video commentary, David Kelley, founder of The Atlas Society, discusses the meaning of a key scene in Atlas Shrugged Part 2, in theaters now. In a conversation with a railroad engineer, Dagny Taggart gets one step closer to discovering the identity of John Galt.

David Kelley, founder of The Atlas Society

In Atlas Shrugged Part 2, we see how many great achievers have disappeared. Dagny Taggart suspects that some destroyer is behind it all. But who is the destroyer? And what is his purpose? That's a mystery. And she suspects that the iconic question, “Who is John Galt?” is not just an expression of despair and resignation, but has some real connection with all the disappearances.

In this video, David Kelley, a consultant to the Atlas Shrugged movie, provides insights into this scene as well as the attempt of Starnesville to have each person work "according to his ability" and also pay each person "according to his need."

This video includes clips from Atlas Shrugged Part 2, which feature actress Samantha Mathis (Dagny Taggart).

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About David Kelley:

David Kelley earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1975, and later taught cognitive science and philosophy at Vassar College and Brandeis University. His articles on social issues and public policy have appeared in Harper's, The Sciences, Reason, Harvard Business Review, The Freeman, and elsewhere. His books include Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence; The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand; The Evidence of the Senses; and The Art of Reasoning, one of the most widely used logic textbooks in the country. Kelley is founder and executive director of The Atlas Society.

About The Atlas Society:

The Atlas Society promotes open Objectivism: the philosophy of reason, achievement, individualism, and freedom. Our scholars work to further develop this philosophy born in the mid-twentieth century. We present the empowering principles of Objectivism to a global audience, and offer those principles as a rational and moral alternative in the marketplace of philosophical ideas.

We do this through a variety of programs, which include:

-Original scholarly research which further develops the philosophy.

-Academic training of young intellectuals.

-Publishing and commissioning influential books and monographs.

-Our rich multi-media website

-Original commentary and op-eds published in mainstream media.

-Speeches and media appearances.

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