“I’m leaving it as I found it. Take over. It’s yours.
At the closing of the first installment of the book-turned-movie trilogyAtlas Shrugged, this phrase was posted in view of the burning oil fields formerly owned by entrepreneur Ellis Wyatt. Wyatt had “shrugged” his “responsibility” to provide the nation’s key source of oil and disappeared, escaping suffocating government regulation and an exceedingly anti-capitalist society. His hard work, innovation, and risk-taking had built his business. As he grew more successful, however, Wyatt Oil was exploited by laws that de-incentivized success. Thus, he escaped, taking his brain and talent with him. This is where Atlas Shrugged II begins.
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