Everybody into the Gulch

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Sept. 21 2012 9:11 AM

Everybody into the Gulch

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NEWPORT NEWS, VA - SEPTEMBER 18: Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), speaks during a campaign rally at Christopher Newport University September 18, 2012 in Newport News, Virginia. Ryan continued to campaign for the upcoming presidential election. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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I've got a review up now of the new installment of the Atlas Shrugged film trilogy. Part of the story is an interview with John Agliaoro, the film's main producer, who absolutely sees the novel as a parable of the threat posed by the 47%.

So Aglialoro wants me to think of Atlas Shrugged as a history of the future. “Most entitlements are promises made by politicians to the unwilling,” he says. “We’ve got generations of people on welfare. That’s not because there weren’t job opportunities, or education, or anything like that. We’ve got a problem of greed on the level of the entitlement class. Not the producers and the entrepreneurs that are creating the tax revenue. They’re the 53 percent. If we get to the tipping point, 57, 58 percent, then you’re going to see people saying: How do I go on strike?”

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My review of the first film is here.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.