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Wesley Mouch

Wesley Mouch (Atlas Shrugged) Hank Reardon's lobbyist who leaves Hank high and dry to join the government as head of the Bureau of Economic Planning and Natural Resources. He invents the honorary title of Order of Public Benefactors as a reward for his cronies.  He codifies the doctrine of the non-existence of the mind in the infamous Directive 10-289.

“In the name of the general welfare, to protect the people’s security, to achieve full equality and total stability, it is decreed for the duration of the national emergency that—”

–Wesley Mouch  

“We don't have to go to extremes. We don't want to frighten people. We want to have them on our side. Our top problem is, will they... will they accept it at all?”

—Wesley Mouch

He is a glad-handing, back-stabbing bureaucratic climber; the proverbial second-hander.  When directive 10-289 fails to produce the anticipated results, he dreams up The John Galt Plan as a grand compromise to lure the exiles back from whereever it is that they've gone, but John outwits him in the end.

In Atilla Shrugged, Mouch interprets Keller (The Idiot) who is noble, whereas Mouch is a cad who will avoid any confrontation. Keller, on the other hand, will stand as a second in a duel. Still, both are essentially enforcers for more powerful players.


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