Right-Wing Political Groups and Hate Speech
Chapter 3: Atlas Shrugged: Right-Wing Producerism
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ATLAS SHRUGGED: RIGHT-WING PRODUCERISM
In Chapter 1, it was noted that producerism, a constituting principle of right-wing populism, differentiates people on the basis of what they produce for society. Producers, it is argued, generate products or resources for society and provide a net benefit to society. Those who do not provide such net benefits are often termed “takers” and are considered a drag on society, including those who work for the State since their salaries are paid for by taxes paid by private citizens. Producers, because they have made money through good decisions and correct thinking, should be allowed to fully benefit from their efforts. “Takers” are understood to lack wealth or resources because they have made bad decisions. From a right-wing perspective, these bad decisions make them unworthy of respect or protections from the marketplace. Ultimately, this producerism is used as a way of constructing a social hierarchy that situates worthy producers above unworthy “takers” (Marty & Appleby, 1994; Fiske & Taylor, 2008).
Overview of Atlas Shrugged
Producerism is placed front and center by Ayn Rand in her novel Atlas Shrugged. Atlas Shrugged has been very influential on the thinking of the right ← 43 | 44 → wing, particularly in the United States. In Atlas Shrugged, Rand describes a world in which “producers” are responsible for the advancement of society, and through the force of their superior ideas, intellect, and work ethic, they manage to advance society over the obstacles of non-producers...
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