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In the sense that, if someone in an extremely oppressive society with limited opportunities read it, would their lives still be bettered? How so?
Jul 22 '12 at 14:44
Jul 22 '12 at 15:18
Greg Perkins ♦♦
It might provide them the motivation to risk everything and attempt defection in the hope of leading a new life. Thousands of courageous have done so successfully, but most fail -- and punishment is quite severe.
In other words, when you're living in a totalitarian dictatorship, constantly in terror at any moment without warning, your "options" are severely limited or non-existent. You'll be lucky ever to see a copy of Atlas Shrugged and to survive being seen looking at it.
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