Prose - Atlas Is Dead, Part II

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Here is part one: http://hubpages.com/hub/Poem-Atlas-is-Dead

Laissez faire economics
Do not interfere
The philosophy of Objectivists
Who will not shed a tear
For the losers
Of a dog eat dog game
They chafe at the accusers
Who fix redistribution as their aim
The virtue of selfishness
And rational self-interest
More of Cain’s unwillingness
A game of who’s cleverest
John Galt has spoken
The strike is on
The system is broken
The rich will not be put upon
Idealistic hubris
With casual assumption
Shrugging Atlas
For pseudo-intellectual consumption
The need for dystopia
To feed the story
An uncaring utopia
Only the few taste glory
Where all the rest
Are to be discarded
Surely you jest
Could a solution be more unfounded?
An artful dodge
With thickened text
A bludgeoning hodge-podge
To set the pretext
For the wealthy
To continue as ever
A Machiavellian apology
For those who say never
To oversight and regulation
And the fall of man
It is about wealth accumulation
That is the plan
How can this be
To think of nothing
But to act selfishly
And disregard something
So fundamental
As fair play
With a philosophy so judgemental
Turning us into financial prey
Does the belief in consciousness
Apart from reality
Reveal a flawed absoluteness
Of moral piety
Can pure reason
Within a priori
Unlock the prison
Built by objectivity?
Are the poor
Morally wrong
In their dignified grandeur
Because they accept an alm
From the system you gamed
In the manner you deem rational
With no rules to be named
Except to keep what is yours as moral?
Can a man
Who benefits from the collective
Consider himself better than
Victims of the evolutionary selective?
To never live for the sake of another man
And to pretend it is an even trade
Is only for the unholy clan
Who believe they are better made
For ruling those who rule them
For living as only they will
Walking on the bones at the whim
Of a heart which never gets its fill
Of defining who wins and who loses
While pretentious virtue
Crowns them for their abuses
At the foot of Atlas’ statue

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HSchneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Great poem. Also an excellent and elegant rebuttal to those extreme Ayn Rand loving laissez faire to the extreme Conservatives. Survival of the fittest works in nature as Darwin showed but not for thoughtful and compassionate human beings.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you. I personally think it is naive and ridiculous to espouse a free market devoid of rules/controls/regulations. And to think that politics has no place is casting a blind eye to what is real and not real. Pure lassez faire is merely a subject for a glass of wine when you have nothing else better to talk about...


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Teylina 5 years ago

Suburban, my man, I gotta come back and read this later, but got to let you know I was taken w/the new take on Atlas, but not in that kind of reading mood right now. Since it is you who wrote, however, my friend, I am FORCED TO RETURN! (don't always do that)


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Teylina - I know this isn't exactly light easy reading. I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read it and see if they agree with my "Prosaic" take on the matter of Ayn Rand and her theories.... I appreciate you "being forced" to read it! Ha...


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Teylina 5 years ago

Only for you, my love, only for you! I will do it--just got to get in the right mood--like I did for Rand! You should be honored--read Rand for a grade; gonna read you for myself!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Teylina - I'm loving the flattery... well at least my poem/prose is not thousands of pages long... but why is it that a short poem can seem so long? I guess when you pack it with thought in very sentence (not that I do but I sure try) it can be grueling in it's own way. I hope you are ok with my conclusions but if we disagree after you read it that's cool... as the great Rodney King once said, "Can't we all just get along?"

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