December 15, 2010

The "Radical Center"

Part III, Chapter 6 - 'The Concerto of Deliverance:'

"Can't we all stand together for the sake of the country in this hour of emergency?" said Dr. Ferris. "Can't we disregard our differences of opinion? We're willing to meet you halfway. If there's any aspect of our policy which you oppose, just tell us and we'll issue a directive to --"

"Cut it, boys. I didn't come here to help you pretend that I'm not in the position I'm in and that any halfway is possible between us. Now come to the point. You've prepared some new gimmick to spring on the steel industry. What is it?"

"As a matter of fact,"' said Mouch, "we do have a vital question to discuss in regard to the steel industry, but but your language, Mr. Rearden!"

"We don't want to spring anything on you," said Holloway. "We asked you here to discuss it with you."

"I came here to take orders. Give them."

"But, Mr. Rearden, we don't want to look at it that way. We don't want to give you orders. We want your voluntary consent."

Rearden smiled. "I know it."

"You do?" Holloway started eagerly, but something about Rearden's smile made him slide into uncertainty. "Well, then --"

"And you, brother," said Rearden, "know that that is the flaw in your game, the fatal flaw that will blast it sky-high.

'Atlas Shrugged' QOTD Posted by JohnGalt at December 15, 2010 3:33 PM
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