What is Going John Galt? Going John Galt from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is championed by Michelle Malkin and others now against Obama policies.
Who is John Galt? What is Atlas? And how does it work? Here’s the background.
In 1957, John Galt was depicted by Ayn Rand in the novel Atlas Shrugged. Galt in Atlas Shrugged as explained by the Village Voice ” leads the “producers” of American society — mostly wealthy industrialists — in a strike to show the socialist little people, aka “parasites,” who’s boss.”
Rand’s Center says this month that sales of the 1957 book reached an all time high in winter 2008 and now with Obama’s new policies have tripled the first seven weeks of 2009.
Going John Galt calls for reducing your income, reducing your business growth, so as not to subsidy others. Writes one author:
By going John Galt – reducing my income to the point that I no longer subsidize anyone else via government imposed wealth transfers – I hope to hasten the inevitable collapse. The H.E.N.R.Y.s feel the same way; people who are in the dreaded eeevil, mean capitalist pig $250,000 bracket are cutting back on their productivity. As they should – where does society get the right to enslave these people? The faster the 40% opts out, the sooner the collapse, and the sooner we can correct the situation.
Think of it as praying the alcoholic in your family will hit rock bottom sooner, rather than later. Itâ€™s time to stop enabling the entitlement mentality. Itâ€™s time to let go of our co-dependency and desire to be liked. Itâ€™s time for an intervention. Itâ€™s time to go John Galt.
Â Michelle Malkin is now the unofficial leader of the Going John Galt movement. In her syndicated column this week, Malkin explains:
While they take to the streets politically, untold numbers of Americaâ€™s wealth producers are going on strike financially. Dr. Helen Smith, a Knoxville forensic pathologist and political blogger, dubbed the phenomenon â€śGoing Galtâ€ť last fall. Itâ€™s a reference to the famed Ayn Rand novel, â€śAtlas Shrugged,â€ť in which protagonist John Galt leads the entrepreneur class to cease productive activities in order to starve the government of revenue. (Not coincidentally, Randâ€™s novel sales are up and John Galt references punctuated many of the Tea Party demonstrations.)
For more reading on the movement, click here.
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