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Who Is John Galt and Why Is He on Lululemon Bags?
Slate ^ | Nov. 18, 2011 | Molly Worthen

Posted on 11/21/2011 6:48:13 PM PST by Daffynition

If you’ve ever wandered into a Lululemon store or perused the website of this purveyor of ultra-hip “yoga-inspired” athletic apparel, you may have noticed that the company is not trying to sell merely a pair of buttocks-compressing pants but a worldview. Even in this age of lifestyle peddlers, when Abercrombie & Fitch lures mall rats with visions of Ivy League insouciance and Apple promises to turn even your clueless dad into a tech-savvy aesthete, Lululemon stands out. Why buy a plain old gym bag when for $128 you can have a Destined for Greatness Duffel? If you’re shopping online, the “lululemon manifesto” page offers a stylish collage of aphorisms, such as “Do one thing a day that scares you” and “Creativity is maximized when you're living in the moment.” A section devoted to Lululemon “ambassadors”—most of whom seem to be yoga instructors who wear Lulu gear and recommend it to their clients—reads like a series of conversion testimonies by true believers who want “to share this life changing experience”—that would be yoga—“with others.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; History; Society
KEYWORDS: atlasshrugged; fashion; johngalt
>>If you've ever wandered into a Lululemon store ....<<

Was I searched:"the constraints and limitations on ourselves, which impede us from living our best lives."

1 posted on 11/21/2011 6:48:15 PM PST by Daffynition
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2 posted on 11/21/2011 6:58:45 PM PST by GOPJ ( Democrats are the only reason to vote for Republicans.... Will Rogers)
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ICK! Add this to the snotty Star Bucks crowd. Talk about elitist status symbols.

Do these people know just one normal working class person trying to raise a normal family?

3 posted on 11/21/2011 7:03:34 PM PST by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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4 posted on 11/21/2011 7:47:17 PM PST by Daffynition ( **Choose being kind over being right, and you'll be right every time.**)
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I was looking for a reason to get into yoga!

5 posted on 11/21/2011 8:04:29 PM PST by aynrandfreak (Being a Democrat means never having to say you're sorry)
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Tai chi and yoga are wonderful regimens.

I have a feeling that the fashionistas will make more money with these bags than was grossed for the AS movie.

6 posted on 11/21/2011 8:53:46 PM PST by Daffynition ( **Choose being kind over being right, and you'll be right every time.**)
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But would I prefer a Che accessory?

7 posted on 11/21/2011 8:59:32 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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Decisions. Decisions.

8 posted on 11/21/2011 9:06:57 PM PST by Daffynition ( **Choose being kind over being right, and you'll be right every time.**)
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Their is a bigger story here...

I went to one of these stores yesterday with my brood as they went to get some of their wares for their sport, of which this clothing has become popular.

Their was a reading library up on a shelf for the employee's ( I asked ) and on it was "Atlas Shrugged"?

I asked the young sales lady if she had read it, she said no and gave her a rough outline of it.

She then noted the had discounted the Galt bags because of complaints.

I had seen the bags weeks ago, from others in the "sport" and they had no idea what is was about, and I explained.

The bigger question is, who started the Anti Galt Campaign and why? Soro's? His minions?

It is pretty scarey when you can't speak you mind anymore.

IMHO the story of Lulu Lemon getting their arm twisted to stop is bigger story than we know. Scarey Times...

9 posted on 12/29/2011 8:46:57 AM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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Hi taildragger, I'm glad you manged to dig up this thread and share your experience. It prompted me to do some research; I found this: Lululemon Entrepreneur Catches Flack for Shopping Bags Asking: ‘Who Is John Galt?’

( – Chip Wilson turned his passion for fitness and quality sportswear from a storefront shop that opened in 2000 in Vancouver, Canada into a franchise and publicly traded company with assets of half a billion dollars, according to financial records filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as of July, 2011.

However, it is Wilson’s promotion of the capitalist ideas of Ayn Rand through advertising on his company’s shopping bags that is drawing criticism lately, mainly from liberal critics.

Wilson’s first Lululemon Athletica shared its retail shop with a yoga studio and has since evolved and expanded into a fitness space and retailer with scores of locations across North America and Canada.

Recently, a shopping bag handed out to Lululemon customers--adorned with the words “Who is John Galt?”--has some people claiming that the protagonist from Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel about self-interest vs. government coercion, Atlas Shrugged, is unbecoming.

Rand’s philosophy, explained throughout the novel, essentially is atheistic materialism based upon individual self-interest where man basically glorifies himself and his own productive achievements.

On Nov. 2, a blog on Lululemon’s Web site explained the company’s decision to hand out the John Galt bag, including words from the book that Wilson chose as the vision for his company.


Lululemon store in New York City. (AP Photo.)

A blog contributor named Alexis, who is described on the company’s site as spending “her days working within the Brand team at lululemon’s Store Support Centre,” posted the following:

“You might be wondering why a company that makes yoga clothing has chosen a legendary literary character’s name to adorn the side of our bags. Lululemon’s founder, Chip Wilson, first read this book when he was eighteen years old working away from home. Only later, looking back, did he realize the impact the book’s ideology had on his quest to elevate the world from mediocrity to greatness (it is not coincidental that this is lululemon’s company vision).”

Under the heading, “What John Galt Teaches Us,” Alexis wrote:

“While the plot in the book may sound radical and far-fetched, we place many of these constraints and limitations on ourselves which impede us from living our best lives.

“Think about it: we are all born with magical machines, aka human bodies, able to think, jump, laugh and run. We are able to control our careers, where we live, how much money we make and how we spend our days through the choices we make.

“Of course, there are situations sometimes where we aren’t able to control what happens to us. Life can be hard, challenging and unfair. What we can control, however, is our reaction. We can choose to rise up and be great.”

The blog has hundreds of comments, with many readers expressing support while others are critical of the bags.

On the Nov. 17 edition of NPR’s All Things Considered, Guy Raz interviewed a reporter, Simon Houpt, with the Toronto Globe and Mail, who said Lululemon “has severely alienated its core constituency” by distributing the bag.

Houpt told Raz that “John Galt’s” ideals are “completely contrary to the teachings of yoga -- that yoga is, in fact, a core component of building community, and that the notion of self-interest, in fact, runs completely against that.”

Raz asked Houpt to explain why the company would promote the fictional character Galt and, in turn, Rand’s philosophy.

Part of the exchange on NPR ran as follows:

Raz: “Right. Yeah. On the company's blog, on its Web site, they try to explain this, essentially saying, look, society encourages people to be mediocre. This quote urges people to break free of - and this is a quote – “the constraints and limitations on ourselves, which impede us from living our best lives. Explain why the company decided to put this on the side of their bags.”

Houpt: “Well, I do have some trouble with that because, in fact, in reaching out numerous times to the company, they actually refused to speak on the record to offer their opinion to me. However, in the blog post you refer to, they do offer an explanation and they believe that this book inspires people to embrace greatness rather than this life of sad disappointment, which is apparently where all the rest of us are leading.”

The Lululemon blog, however, states that the fictional “John Galt” has a lot in common with Lululemon’s Chip Wilson.

“In ‘Atlas Shrugged,’ Ayn Rand describes a society where people work and reside in government-controlled environments that are tightly regimented,” the blog says. “Without realizing it, this control created a society of mediocrity; propagating a cycle of listless, uninspired existing as opposed to living.

“The character John Galt encouraged all of the world’s innovators and intelligent minds to go on strike from the increasingly controlling government in order to create a vacuum of brilliance, proving that independent creativity and free-will is critical for quality of life.”


You're correct in your assessment taildragger, this is indeed scary. Once again [publicly funded] NPR is telling us what/how to think. Personally, I don't know what I can do, except email words of support to Chip Wilson; it's extremely remote that I would be in the market for any of his clothing.

10 posted on 12/29/2011 5:20:16 PM PST by Daffynition (*Pray for whatever passes for America these days* Amen. ~ ScottinVA)
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That reminds me of this bag.

11 posted on 12/29/2011 5:25:36 PM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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LOL...oh ye who lives in an open carry state!

If I did that here in Connecticut, I’m sure you’d see me on the 6 o’clock news!

12 posted on 12/29/2011 7:17:46 PM PST by Daffynition (*Pray for whatever passes for America these days* Amen. ~ ScottinVA)
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