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When will Atlas shrug?
Denver Post ^ | 03/15/2009 | John Andrews

Posted on 03/15/2009 7:12:05 PM PDT by george76

What is the breaking point? Where will the resistance form? Heavy questions, but unavoidable in the current political climate. The productive members of society can only be pushed so far, some say.

What they envision is not defiance of law or a reversal of the election. It is people's growing disengagement from a new economic order that punishes effort and rewards envy — the creepy future that Bill Ritter and Barack Obama intend for us.

Columnist Michelle Malkin calls that withdrawal "going Galt."

Malkin was the first speaker last weekend when several hundred Coloradans gathered for a free-market leadership conference in Colorado Springs. Her reference was to John Galt, the individualist hero of Ayn Rand's novel, "Atlas Shrugged." She told of seeing a placard at the protest rally for Obama's stimulus bill signing that warned: "Atlas will shrug."

So what, you ask. In human behavior, incentives matter. People are choosers, not automatons. Mess them over enough and they're out of here. All history proves it. "We pretend to work and they pretend to pay us." That bitter joke among Soviet factory drones sums up collectivism's ultimate failure wherever tried.

As ever more people ride in the wagon and fewer are left to pull it, there will come a breaking point. Crowding taxation onto the highest earners and debt onto our kids, as President Obama proposes, invites collapse.

Ignoring the constitution at will, as Gov. Bill Ritter and the spending lobby do, breeds contempt. Ruin must result.

Cold War victory taught us the power of ideas. The East crumbled when the West asserted the superiority of liberty, wakened by thinkers like F.A. Hayek with his expose of the road to serfdom and Frederic Bastiat with his ridicule of "everyone seeking to live at the expense of everyone else."

(Excerpt) Read more at denverpost.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: atlas; atlasshrugged; barack; barackobama; billritter; gault; johngalt; malkin; michellemalkin; obama; pareto; paretoprinciple; shrugged
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1 posted on 03/15/2009 7:12:05 PM PDT by george76
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To: SunkenCiv; Morgan in Denver; colorado tanker; jan in Colorado; MileHi; MtnClimber; dynachrome; ...

journey to Galt Gulch


2 posted on 03/15/2009 7:14:18 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

BTTT


3 posted on 03/15/2009 7:17:58 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: george76

Once they get their force field goin’, there’s no stoppin’ ‘em.


4 posted on 03/15/2009 7:18:49 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: george76

The wimpified productive members of society are ignorant of government misconduct and can be pushed a lot farther.

Most of the country is productive, conservatives make a mistake if they don’t explain that socialism will reult in less for everyone. Rich, middle class and poor will all be worse off.


5 posted on 03/15/2009 7:19:29 PM PDT by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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To: george76

I found the comments after the article quite amusing. Some of the commenters, self-described liberals, made reference to their seeking to emigrate after the 2004 elections, but stayed here nonetheless. They then go on to say conservatives will become “Galt-like” and will withdraw into themselves. Those commenters could not be more qrong. We are not going to retreat into some shell ande shut out the rest of the world. We are, instead, going to take our country back, even if it means having to trod over the broken and decaying remains of the lunatic left.


6 posted on 03/15/2009 7:26:35 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: ought-six

grong = wrong


7 posted on 03/15/2009 7:27:37 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: george76
Going Galt
8 posted on 03/15/2009 7:30:24 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barack Hussein 0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: george76

I hope the producers will remember their loyal workers when they go on strike.


9 posted on 03/15/2009 7:30:55 PM PDT by RWB Patriot ("Let 'em learn the hard way, 'cause teaching them is more trouble than they're worth,")
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To: george76

This was in the Denver Post? Atlas is getting close with this Kenyan-born marxist usurper and the incredibly corrupt Washington DC & MSM.


10 posted on 03/15/2009 7:32:10 PM PDT by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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The problem with “going Galt” is that there are plenty of incompetents out there willing to try to take over when John Galt throws down the reins.

Like in the auto industry: when the good engineers leave or retire, there’ll be plenty of EPA employees, the ones who couldn’t make it at the Big 3 or even as a waterboy for the Japanese at one of the transplants, willing to try to do real engineering work.

And it’ll be years before their lack of ability is seen for what it is, as opposed to something like the colossal mismanagement of GM or Chrysler.


11 posted on 03/15/2009 7:32:45 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: george76

Atlas isn’t just shrugging...Atlas is having a Grand Mal seizure...


12 posted on 03/15/2009 7:33:06 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (It is what it is.)
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To: george76; Publius
A ping for all who haven't seen it yet to the FReeper Book Club whose current topic is Atlas Shrugged. Come join us.
13 posted on 03/15/2009 7:33:07 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: ought-six

“..over the broken and decaying remains of the lunatic left.”

Thanks for giving me a bright thought picture to envision.


14 posted on 03/15/2009 7:39:28 PM PDT by Rembrandt
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What if this is closer to the truth about what is going on? How do we fight the unknown? http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2203589/posts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHvTy_fVdJ8
15 posted on 03/15/2009 7:44:19 PM PDT by wombtotomb (Since it is above his paygrade, why can't we err on the side of caution about when life begins?)
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sorry. I stink at posting links. They lit up the first time I tried to preview, don’t know what happened?


16 posted on 03/15/2009 7:45:12 PM PDT by wombtotomb (Since it is above his paygrade, why can't we err on the side of caution about when life begins?)
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To: Cheerio
I love that graphic!

Thank you for posting the link!

17 posted on 03/15/2009 7:54:02 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 ("Most Effective Obama Critics: Charles Dow and Edward Jones" ~ John McCormack ~ The Weekly Standard)
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To: george76
When will Atlas shrug?

I have felt him tremble.

18 posted on 03/15/2009 7:56:29 PM PDT by LUV W (The new Boston Tea Party is here, baby, and it's doused in barbecue sauce..Michelle Malkin)
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To: Cheerio

Very good. Thanks for posting it.


19 posted on 03/15/2009 7:56:57 PM PDT by NellieMae (Here...... common sense,common sense,common sense,where'd ya go... common sense......)
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To: george76
"When will Atlas shrug?"

"Atlas" better describes people who can live on very little than those who consume very much. The "shrug" is already occurring. One effect will be that of most container ships being scrapped.


20 posted on 03/15/2009 7:57:36 PM PDT by familyop (combat engineer (combat), National Guard, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote, http://falconparty.com/)
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