… if I were rewriting Atlas Shrugged, or adapting it to movie form.
Sacrilege, I know. But heres the idea: John Galt is just a pseudonym for Francisco dAnconia.
- It switches out a character that readers find hard to relate to and switches in a character that most readers love.
- It doesnt require us to suddenly transfer so much of our emotional investment to a character that isnt introduced until the third act.
- It simplifies the love quadrangle to a love triangle.
- It gives added tension to Franciscos friendship with Rearden.
- By having Dagny end up with Francisco, it makes Franciscos story less sad.
A disadvantage, from a left-libertarian standpoint, is that now the revolution is being run by two aristocrats (Francisco and Ragnar) rather than by the proletarian Galt. But maybe that problem could be ameliorated by boosting the role of the Brakeman, making him one of the triumvirate, and giving him some minor bits of Galts role. Who better to help stop the motor of the world than a brakeman, anyway?