• • The Many Appetites for Cruelty
Edward Cline, Family Security Matters Atlas Shrugged |Objectivist author | Cruelty is intimately linked to sadism. A sadist is chiefly a nihilist. Like the villain James Taggart in Atlas Shrugged, who yells, “I want to break him! I want to hear him scream!” he wishes to erase the good so that the evil can exist unidentified as such and unopposed.