Who is John Galt?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I've gotten a few questions about my alias "Who is John Galt?". John Galt is a character in the novel Atlas Shrugged who stands for freedom and being rewarded for one's labors against a corrupt socialist government that tries to steal his wealth, inventions and hard work to support a government beurocracy and welfare state that contributes nothing to support even themselves. John Galt leads the great minds of the world on strike by encouraging them all to go into hiding, thus leaving the government and its dependants with no way to support themselves. The question "Who is John Galt?" is a question that these helpless and hopeless people say as an expression meaning that they have no idea what to do about the situation crumbling about them. I chose this name because I strongly feel that one of the priciples that has made our nation great is the free-market system: everyone has the oportunity to be great if they work hard and smart and provide services to people who are willing to pay money for them. No one should be paid for doing something that is not valuable to society, which will be evidenced by the fact that no one is willing to pay money for it. This simple but ingenious system has led our nation to greatness and whenever we deviate from it to give "bailouts" to failing companies or grants to enterprises that cannot survive on their own, we are stealing money from each and every taxpayer to support a cause they don't agree with and doing our economy a great disservice.

Ann Rand is certainly not the only great thinker who has considered the great value of the free market system. Consider what Thomas Jefferson, the writer of the Declaration of Independance and one of our most intelligent presidents, has said:

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
- Thomas Jefferson

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
- Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
- Thomas Jefferson

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
- Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
- Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
- Thomas Jefferson

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for that, my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
-Thomas Jefferson


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