Is John Galt!
by Brian Wilson: Fork
One of the
problem with analogies, metaphors, parables, and the like: too many
people try to parse the message right out of the simplicity.
A recent American
Thinker article went
from asking "Who is John Galt?" in the context of the
book to "Who needs John Galt" when "going
Galt" is happening just as Ayn Rand’s magnum
opus Atlas Shrugged depicted. After chastising
Galt "who abandons society, works surreptitiously to destroy
it, and then delivers an ultimatum when that destruction is nearly
complete," the author plaintively asks "Where is John
Galt?" Not Rand’s hero but a new John Galt, one who would
"‘recruit’ the movers and shakers, the innovators and creators,
and, authorized by them to speak for them, would give us fair warning today, before the
damage is done, while there is still time to change course."
Where are Miles
Standish and John Alden when you (don’t) need them?
Ayn Rand had
the temerity to die before either the AT author or I had the opportunity
to ask if she was still comfortable with her version of John Galt.
I suspect she was – since her novel was set in the clunky mid-20th century,
some vestiges of the honorable sanctity of Individualism were still
What of today’s
John Galt? Where is he? Who is he? When will this contradictory
Messiah appear to speak for us all?
John Galt would tell us not what he and his ilk would do to us,
but what we are doing to ourselves with the ever-increasing burden
of regulations and taxes that we impose on the most creative and
productive among us, making it increasingly difficult and ultimately
impossible for them to create and produce the goods and services
– and above all, jobs – on which our modern civilization depends."
To borrow an
old chestnut: What you mean "we," Kemosabe?
Bulletin: You are
your own John Galt. You may speak for yourself at any time – and
should. You may chose to warn, advise, cajole those around you –
or not. You can "Go Galt" – or not. You may choose
to "lead, follow or get out of the way". Rand said the
Individual is "the smallest minority on earth." It is
safe to say Sam Adams never read Atlas Shrugged, yet
he infamously said: "It does not take a majority to prevail
but rather an irate, tireless minority, who keep setting brushfires of
freedom in the minds of men." Strangely enough, anthropologist
Margaret Mead may have been channeling some Sam Adams when she wrote:
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens
can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
John Galt you’ve been waiting for: it’s you. The "smallest
minority", the "irate, tireless minority," the smallest
"group" of committed citizens is you. Freedom
and Liberty cannot exist without Individual Responsibility. You are
an Individual. Get off your ass and set some brushfires.
you can start August 13th – John
Wilson [send him mail],
nationally ignored talk show host and occasional LRC un-indicted
co-contributor, is currently annoying miniscule audiences in a number
of markets from his technically challenged studios safely outside
the dictatorship of Toledo. Brian may be endured from 3p–6p at www.wspd.com.
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