WHO ELSE but Mr. Reardon would make Reardon Metal?

James Taggart: “He didn’t invent iron ore and blast furnaces, did he?”

Cheryl Brooks: Who?”

“Rearden. He didn’t invent smelting and chemistry and air compression. He couldn’t have invented his Metal but for thousands and thousands of other people. His Metal! Why does he think it’s his? Why does he think it’s his invention? Everybody uses the work of everybody else. Nobody ever invents anything.”

She said, puzzled, “But the iron ore and all those other things were there all the time. Why didn’t anybody else make that Metal, but Mr. Rearden did?”

–Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part I, Ch. 9, The Sacred and the Profane