This chapter also shows the ominous collapse of American industrial production

This chapter also shows the ominous collapse of American industrial production

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This chapter also shows the ominous collapse of American industrial production. The closing plants  and stores, the rising unemployment, and the lack of consumer goods aren't the only elements  adding to the growing gloom. The retirement and mysterious disappearance of brilliant, talented  individuals in a wide range of fields adds to society's pessimistic outlook. For example, Richard  Halley, the brilliant composer whose music Dagny loves, has retired and gone into seclusion.  Likewise, Owen Kellogg, a rising young star of Taggart Transcontinental, tells Dagny that he's leaving  not only the Taggart line, but railroading entirely. He loves his work, and he doesn't plan a career in  another field, but he leaves. Owen's reasons are a mystery to Dagny; she finds his actions  inexplicable. The question of the new piece of music also troubles her. She knows with certainty that only Richard 
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