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Friday, July 10, 2009

Going Galt

In a very real sense, the move from Cincinnati to Mississippi is our version of going Galt. [Gonna need contributors here at OPN!]

    The phrase "Going Galt" means many things to different people, but regardless of the specific actions any given person may adopt, it is ultimately a stand one takes in the name of the cardinal virtue of self-reliance; the act of taking responsibility for one's own life.

    For many years, the culture in the United States has been on a steady slide with self-reliance being slowly replaced by dependence upon the government. And with the past two election, that slow slide has now become an avalanche. Of course, the government is incapable of providing for anyone's care since it produces nothing itself. Therefore, it is the most productive members of society who are forced to shoulder an ever increasing burden of paying for the wants and needs of the less productive, all the while struggling under an expanding net of regulations that tie their hands, keeping them from exercising their independent judgment.

    It's a familiar story. It is the story of Atlas Shrugged come to life, and the hero of that story, John Galt, was the man who refused to carry the burden any longer. "Going Galt" is the rallying cry of productive individuals across the country who have reached their limit and are proclaiming "Enough!"

And from earlier this year at the Wall Street Journal: 
'Atlas Shrugged': From Fiction to Fact in 52 Years 
Many of us who know Rand's work have noticed that with each passing week, and with each successive bailout plan and economic-stimulus scheme out of Washington, our current politicians are committing the very acts of economic lunacy that "Atlas Shrugged" parodied in 1957, when this 1,000-page novel was first published and became an instant hit...

Do a search for "going Galt." Interesting.

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