Skip to comments.When will Atlas shrug?
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 ...
journey to Galt Gulch
Once they get their force field goin’, there’s no stoppin’ ‘em.
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.
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.
grong = wrong
I hope the producers will remember their loyal workers when they go on strike.
This was in the Denver Post? Atlas is getting close with this Kenyan-born marxist usurper and the incredibly corrupt Washington DC & MSM.
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.
Atlas isn’t just shrugging...Atlas is having a Grand Mal seizure...
“..over the broken and decaying remains of the lunatic left.”
Thanks for giving me a bright thought picture to envision.
sorry. I stink at posting links. They lit up the first time I tried to preview, don’t know what happened?
Thank you for posting the link!
I have felt him tremble.
Very good. Thanks for posting it.
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