The Trial of Hank Rearden (Atlas Shrugged 2 Court Scene)Submitted by RobHino on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:19
Here is the court scene in Atlas Shrugged Part 2 where Hank Rearden is tried in court for selling steel secretly behind the Fair Shares Law. This video has commentary by David Kelley, a consultant to the Atlas Shrugged movie. The court scene starts at 2:34.
Transcript and video by The Atlas Society
Henry Rearden, you are charged, along with Kenneth Danigger, in absentia, with one count of violation of Article 64 of the Fair Share Law. How do you plead, sir?
I do not recognize this court's right to try me, nor do I recognize any of my actions as a crime.
Simply refusing to obey the law is not a defense.
If you believe you may seize my property simply because you need it, well, then so does any burglar. The only difference is a burglar doesn't ask my permission. If you feel you have the right to use force against me, then show it for what it is. Bring guns.
Sir, we have no intention of pointing guns and seizing your property.
Then why are we here?
Mr. Rearden, you are misrepresenting the letter and the intent of the Fair Share Law. It is based on the highest principle, the principle of the public good. You wouldn't want it misunderstood that you work for nothing but your own profit?
Indeed, I want it understood clearly. I do not recognize the good of others as a justification for my existence. If their fair share demands that I get nothing for my labors, that it requires me to be a victim, then I say, public good be damned. I'll have no part of it.
And how does that benefit your fellow man?
I do not owe you an answer. But I could tell you in 100 ways-- thousands of jobs, billions in revenue, fueling our economy, despite your efforts to destroy the very foundation of our existence. And I believe most of my fellow men would say the same, if they had a voice.
Now we need an example, not a martyr.
I can't set a precedent here, not with this man.
Mr. Rearden, on your behalf, the court has entered a plea of no contest, and this panel has found you guilty.
You are hereby sentenced to 10 years in prison and a fine of $50 million.
Sentencing of Kenneth Danigger will be withheld pending his appearance before this body. Now, Mr. Rearden, taking into consideration your distinguished achievements, your contributions to society, and your full cooperation in this matter, your sentence is suspended. This court is now adjourned.