Expression for undergoing a voluntary financial strike or decrease in income.
An individual might choose to do this in order to protest the amount of money going to the government, or to protest what they feel are unfair taxes (if they earn less, they will be taxed less, therefore hurting the government).
The term is taken from a character in Ayn Rand‘s novel “Atlas Shrugged“; the main character John Galt leads a movement where the wealthiest individuals leave their jobs for low-paying jobs in order to protest the socialist economy.
you are not your brother’s keeper.
Rather, your primary purpose is to the live the best life that you possibly can. This means being your own master and living on YOUR terms. You will be the most successful when you are the freest to pursue your goals and dreams. Unfortunately, this important debate is all but ignored during most political campaigns. Until we address this threshold issue, not much human progress will be made
As Dr. Brook puts it, all statistics and collectivists assume your purpose on Earth is to care for your brothers in need, whether you want to or not.
How, people wondered, could Rand have foreseen all this? Was she a prophet? No, she answered. She had simply identified the basic cause of why the country was veering from crisis to new crisis.
Was the solution to “go Galt” and quit society? No, Rand again answered. The solution was simultaneously much easier and much harder. “So long as we have not yet reached the state of censorship of ideas,” she once said, “one does not have to leave a society in the way the characters did in Atlas Shrugged. . . . But you know what one does have to do? One has to break relationships with the culture. . . . [D]iscard all the ideas—the entire cultural philosophy which is dominant today.”
Ayn Rand on the topic of a female president:
Posted on Friday, August 19, 2011 3:17:39 PM by ReformationFan
Ayn Rand’s response when asked about the topic of a female president.
July 4 infamy: Republicans try to destroy the American economy
By Brent Budowsky – 07/01/11 09:36 AM ET
Ron Paul would defeat the debt-ceiling increase and cause a global crash. Paul Ryan would destroy Medicare and impose huge punishment on seniors. Mitch McConnell has said his No. 1 goal is to destroy President Obama, not improve our economy, and has abused the rules of the Senate to obstruct every major jobs program for more than two years. Eric Cantor walks out of the debt-ceiling talks and the big question is whether Cantor’s dagger is aimed at the back of President Obama, Speaker Boehner or both. (I vote for both.)
On this July 4 the Republican Party is divided between the “hope America fails” Republicans, who appear to actively want joblessness to rise to seek political gain, and the “radical Republicans” who adore Ayn Rand, like Paul and Ryan, who favor extremist economic policies that would make America fail (as Republican economic policies often do).
The “hope America fails” Republicans are a disgrace, with their disgrace made more dramatic as the rest of us celebrate the Fourth of July. It is incredible, amazing and unprecedented that any leader of a major party in Congress could publicly state that his major goal is not to improve the economic lives of Americans, but to destroy a political opponent, while opposing programs to create jobs that Americans desperately want and need.
There is something strange, sick and weird about certain Republicans who express joy, glee and happiness with every new jobless worker while they brag about their success in destroying policies that would create new jobs.
Is there any better reason for large donors to give big money to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Majority PAC?
The radical Ayn Rand Republicans sincerely believe in their reactionary support for unlimited greed and their destructive opposition to any programs that would create jobs.
Is there any better reason for large donors to give big money to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and House Majority PAC?
My guess is that the “hope America fails” Republicans and the “radical Ayn Rand” Republicans may well bring Democrats back to power in the House, and preserve Democratic control of the Senate. Americans do not like partisan politicians who hope America fails, or ideological radicals who would make America fail with an extremism that is hostile to the heartland of the nation.
This is why so many Republican governors are collapsing in the polls and a growing number of Democratic recall battles have a good chance of prevailing, beginning with Wisconsin.
There is a large truth involved here.
The real Boston Tea Party that helped to create this country is most represented by names like Kerry and Kennedy.
The spirit of the Declaration of Independence is best carried by the great liberals of today, and in many ways, mocked by those who wear the Tea Party costumes of the faux Tea Party today, but are really the partisan and ideological ancestors of the British Crown and the oligarchs who backed them, and tried to destroy the colonists, in 1776.
Yes indeed, both the “hope America fails” Republicans, who seem to take joy when the jobless rolls rise, and the “radical Ayn Rand Republicans,” whose extremism would ensure that the jobless rolls keep rising, are not the heirs to the colonists of 1776. No, they champion the cause once championed by the royalists and their oligarch benefactors Americans defeated in our magnificent war for independence!
Ayn Rand’s scary vision of government coming true
Ayn Rand’s scary vision of government coming true
coachisright.com ^ | April 17, 2011 | Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 11:28:03 AM by jmaroneps37
While you were sleeping, your industrious federal government was busy establishing new guide lines for 2011 washing machines that, according to my source, cut down on efficiency, deceive the customer into thinking hot is hot, cold is cold, and make her lights flicker.
Doing things on the sneak is a characteristic of the Obama administration that I find especially odious, and this “Energy Efficient Washing Machine” two step is cloying to say the least. My source, who is most reliable, reports she bought a new basic model, and was shocked to discover after doing her first load of laundry, “when set on HOT, the sensor automatically adds COLD along with the hot.” The warm is a mix of both and the COLD SETTING ADDS HOT AS WELL.”
Whittaker Chambers 1957 Review of Ayn Rand
http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/articles2/ChambersAynRand.php ^ | 1957 | Whittaker Chambers
Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2011 1:49:59 PM by stfassisi
Big Sister is Watching You BY Whittaker Chambers
Miss Ayn Rand wrote The Fountainhead. Despite a generally poor press, it is said to have sold some four hundred thousand copies. Thus, it became a wonder of the book trade of a kind that publishers dream about after taxes. So Atlas Shrugged had a first printing of one hundred thousand copies.
The news about this book seems to me to be that any ordinarily sensible head could possibly take it seriously, and that apparently, a good many do. Somebody has called it: “Excruciatingly awful.” I find it a remarkably silly book. It is certainly a bumptious one. Its story is preposterous. It reports the final stages of a final conflict (locale: chiefly the United States, some indefinite years hence) between the harried ranks of free enterprise and the “looters.” These are proponents of proscriptive taxes. Government ownership, Labor, etc. etc. The mischief here is that the author, dodging into fiction, nevertheless counts on your reading it as political reality. “This,” she is saying in effect, “is how things really are. These are the real issues, the real sides. Only your blindness keeps you from seeing it, which, happily, I have come to rescue you from.”
Since a great many of us dislike much that Miss Rand dislikes, quite as heartily as she does, many incline to take her at her word………………………