Who Is Ayn Rand?
And What Does John Galt Have To Do With It Anyway?
Dr. Helen Smith (aka, Mrs. Instapundit) has us wondering about the prescience of Ayn Rand.
Perhaps the partisan politics we are dealing with now is really just a struggle between those of us who believe in productivity, personal responsibility, and keeping government interference to a minimum, and those who believe in the socialistic policies of taking from others, using the government as a watchdog, and rewarding those who overspend, underwork, or are just plain unproductive.
Obama talks about taking from those who are productive and redistributing to those who are not – or who are not as successful. If success and productivity is to be punished, why bother? Perhaps it is time for those of us who make the money and pay the taxes to take it easy, live on less, and let the looters of the world find their own way.
My question to readers is, what are some ways to “go John Galt” (legally, of course) – that is, should productive people cut back on what they need, make less money, and take it easy so that the government is starved for funds, or is there some other way of making a statement?
If you haven’t read Atlas Shrugged, then you should understand that John Galt starts out as a myth, a superman, whose name is reflexively given as the reason that everything seems to be falling apart in Rand’s dystopia. The irony is that John Galt is quite real, and is, along with his community of followers, actively engaged in not being engaged with the economy. He and they are on strike, and choose not to be productive for the sake of the unproductive.
Well, I don’t think that people are so clearly defined as “supermen” or scum, as they are in Ayn Rand’s universe, and I don’t really believe that supermen exist like that (I tend to see a little goodness in most everyone, or a lot of it for short periods). Rand’s was also a miserable person, with morals that can charitably be described as dubious. But darn if she didn’t hit on something that resonates with people (and with almost every 18 year old college student I ever knew). People are projecting into the near future right now, and wondering what their best course is. Ayn Rand’s idea of a retreat into self-sufficiency is once again seductive, if misguided.