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Going Galt!
The Atlas Society - The Center for Objectivism ^ | 4/13/2009 | Edward Hudgins

Posted on 04/14/2009 7:55:37 AM PDT by Ed Hudgins

Going Galt!!

“Tea parties.” “Going Galt.” You’ve probably seen a growing number of references to these in the media, online, and on signs at rallies reacting to new government spending and controls.

The Boston Tea Party was a rebellion against excessive government. Today’s “tea parties” say “no” to spending without limit and the government takeover of our lives. “Going Galt!” If you’ve read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, you appreciate the parallels between today’s disintegrating world and the events depicted in that prophetic novel. Atlas Shrugged is the story ofhow productive people went on strike, withdrawing their services in protest against a society that damned them for being productive and expropriated the fruits of their labor.

The ideas in Atlas Shrugged can be powerful moral weapons to roll back the forces of repression and irrationality. The Atlas Society is your premier source for information on those ideas. We’ve compiled this page to help you understand the whole “Going Galt” phenomenon.

What is “Going Galt?”

• “Going Galt” doesn’t simply mean getting angry. That would be “Going Postal.” It means having righteous indignation at the injustice of a political system that bails out individuals and institutions for irresponsible behavior and at the expense of those like you who prosper through hard work and personal responsibly.

• “Going Galt” means asking in the face of new taxes and government controls, “Why work at all?” “For whom am I working?” “Am I a slave?”

• “Going Galt” means recognizing that you’re being punished not for your vices but for your virtues.

• “Going Galt” means recognizing that you have a moral right to your own life, the pursuit of your own happiness, and thus to the rewards you’ve earned with your labor.

• “Going Galt” means recognizing that you deserve praise and honor …

(Excerpt) Read more at atlassociety.org ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: atlasshrugged; aynrand; cwii; cwiiping; johngalt; taxes

1 posted on 04/14/2009 7:55:37 AM PDT by Ed Hudgins
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To: Ed Hudgins
“Am I a slave?”

No, but you ARE a serf.

2 posted on 04/14/2009 7:57:59 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (What fresh hell is this?)
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To: Ed Hudgins

bump


3 posted on 04/14/2009 7:58:05 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: FrdmLvr

4 posted on 04/14/2009 8:00:52 AM PDT by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: FrdmLvr
No, but you ARE a serf.

Naw, you don't have it as good as a serf

An English serf under the most punitive lord was only obligated to a little over 50 days service to the lord a year. Most were required to work less.

How many workdays do you turn over in taxes?

5 posted on 04/14/2009 8:18:43 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Snickering Hound

Sad, isn’t it? But at this point, I still think we’re more like serfs than slaves, for now....but a year from now??????????


6 posted on 04/14/2009 8:27:11 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (What fresh hell is this?)
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To: Ed Hudgins

“By what right? By what standard?”

Our country is now a country based on an ambiguous standard. Meant to control and minimize the individual.

This country needs a gigantic band-aid rip-off. Sure, it’ll hurt like a bitch at first and will burn for a time afterward but eventually, the wound will be allowed to breath and heal on it’s own rather than hemorrhaging.


7 posted on 04/14/2009 8:28:16 AM PDT by smith288 (Americans suffer from Stockholm Syndrome with the government)
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To: Ed Hudgins; Republican Extremist; Boucheau; betsyross60; kalee; shezza; fanfan; wfu_deacons; ...
STARVE THE BEAST!

Atlas Shrugged ping!

8 posted on 04/14/2009 8:39:10 AM PDT by jellybean (Who is John Galt? ~ Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org for when FR is down)
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To: Ed Hudgins
It's too late. Too many did too little for too long.

And peaceful little "tea parties" aren't going to change a thing. Your rulers will just laugh at you when you wrap them up and go back to your home and your job and your taxes.

9 posted on 04/14/2009 8:51:28 AM PDT by Clint Williams (Read Roto-Reuters -- we're the spinmeisters | America -- a great idea, didn't last.)
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To: Clint Williams
Your rulers will just laugh at you when you wrap them up and go back to your home and your job and your taxes.

They won't just laugh at you. At a certain point they will start writing down your name.

10 posted on 04/14/2009 9:08:37 AM PDT by Stentor
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To: Clint Williams

But as an old-timer — or middle-aged-timer anyway! — I remember how things were pre-Reagan and how friends of freedom were in despair. I think freedom faces its most serious challenges in generations and I don’t minimize the danger. But let’s not declare defeat and surrender just yet. We didn’t in the 1970s and the result was Reagan!


11 posted on 04/14/2009 9:14:13 AM PDT by Ed Hudgins (Rand fan)
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To: Snickering Hound
How many workdays do you turn over in taxes? According to Glen Beck yesterday, April 13, was Tax Freedom Day this year. So it's about 100 days a year for government. If you include unfunded liabilities it moves out to August.
12 posted on 04/14/2009 9:23:55 AM PDT by Jack Black
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To: Snickering Hound

“An English serf under the most punitive lord was only obligated to a little over 50 days service to the lord a year. Most were required to work less.

How many workdays do you turn over in taxes?”
Saw it somewhere recently that in terms of direct taxation, people here in CA work until April 20 solely to feed the beast. That doesn’t even begin to count indirect costs and indirect taxation.


13 posted on 04/14/2009 9:39:08 AM PDT by Mr Inviso
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To: jellybean
STARVE THE BEAST! Atlas Shrugged ping! Thanks for the ping.
I think we need to take it to the next level, though.
What are we going to do to starve the Beast?

The article suggests ending the mindset of acceptance of the statist (looter in AR's term) ideology. That's a good start, but only a start. Concrete actions must follow. The book, which is an allegory, not a blueprint, the characters withdraw from society to a hidden mountain valley. We don't have such a valley, so we need a more realistic plan to "starve the beast". Also, we need to more clearly define who exactly is the "the beast". Some ideas:


14 posted on 04/14/2009 10:06:00 AM PDT by Jack Black
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Other ideas?? Come on Freepers we should be good at this!


15 posted on 04/14/2009 10:07:22 AM PDT by Jack Black
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To: Publius

Pingarooni.


16 posted on 04/14/2009 10:10:51 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Ed Hudgins

I prefer going Francisco...


17 posted on 04/14/2009 10:15:39 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . John Galt hell !...... where is Francisco dÂ’Anconia)
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To: Eaker; AK2KX; Ancesthntr; ApesForEvolution; archy; backhoe; Badray; t_skoz; Becki; Jack Black; ...

Ping CWII list for suggestions for “going galt” - what are the practical steps we can and should take to resist all that is going wrong in our country? What’s next after Tea Parties?


18 posted on 04/14/2009 10:18:16 AM PDT by Jack Black
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To: Jack Black; Publius; Billthedrill
I've heard discussion of a generalized credit card strike (perhaps on a focused list of TARP / Bailout banks where people stop paying their cards for a period of time. I haven't seen detials on this.

Hey Jack. Yep, been some discussion about that very subject over at publius's Atlas Shrugged Book Club Thread.Still fleshing out details by smarter people than me. But given the power of the Looters by their control of the Central Bank and creation of fiat money, it is obvious that they control the government and the culture not through tax revenue but CREDIT and YOUR FICO SCORE, the tactical attack path seems obvious. Stay tuned people.

19 posted on 04/14/2009 10:40:13 AM PDT by mick (Central Banker Capitalism is NOT Free Enterprise)
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To: Ed Hudgins

All of you who say, “it’s too late,” — Hey, it’s never too late until you’re DEAD. When they come for your guns and you refuse to surrender them and they shoot you — THEN it’s too late (for you). Until then, it’s NOT too late.

The Tea Parties are THE BEGINNING. They are not an end unto themselves. Stop whining and burying us before we’re dead. Get up off your backside and STAND UP. If all we do is whine about what might have been, we are FEEDING the beast, not fighting it.


20 posted on 04/14/2009 10:42:03 AM PDT by patriot preacher (To be a good American Citizen and a Christian IS NOT a contradiction. (www.mygration.blogspot.com))
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To: Jack Black

Going Galt without the Gulch?

- Minimize expenses. Get out from the crushing load of mortgage, car payments, and school loans. Once those are gone (buy only what you have cash for) you’ll suddenly find you can live on a whole lot less.
- Minimize expenses. Revel in frugal/survialist living. You don’t have to live a “trash” existence, but you can get along nicely with used/inexpensive/free/bartered goods. Get a chest freezer and fill it with crazy good deals.
- Minimize expenses. Get out of the Madison Ave. buy-buy-buy lifestyle. Turn off the TV - its only purpose is to sell your eyeballs to marketers. Use the library. Internet & Netflix gives you on-demand video content cheap (and mostly ad-free).
- Minimize expenses. Mow your lawn with a cheap manual mower. Pull weeds. Be your own decorator. Frequent garage & estate sales. Sell your stuff. Reload. Canoe. Fish. Hunt. Garden. Bike. Camp.

The punchline: with minimized expenses, you can minimize income - and starve the beast while living far more comfortable & free than ever.

(Now if I could/would follow my own advice, which tax season is rubbing in my face...)


21 posted on 04/14/2009 11:00:15 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (John Galt was exiled.)
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To: mick
they control the government and the culture not through tax revenue but CREDIT

Concisely put.

They get YOU hooked on credit (mortgage, car loan, credit cards) so you _must_ work a middle-class job to stay afloat, and then they borrow enormous sums which YOU are obligated to pay off.

22 posted on 04/14/2009 11:04:06 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (John Galt was exiled.)
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To: All

FReeper Book Club: Introduction to Atlas Shrugged
Part I, Chapter I: The Theme
Part I, Chapter II: The Chain
Part I, Chapter III: The Top and the Bottom
Part I, Chapter IV: The Immovable Movers
Part I, Chapter V: The Climax of the d’Anconias
Part I, Chapter VI: The Non-Commercial
Part I, Chapter VII: The Exploiters and the Exploited
Part I, Chapter VIII: The John Galt Line
Part I, Chapter IX: The Sacred and the Profane
Part I, Chapter X: Wyatt’s Torch
Part II, Chapter I: The Man Who Belonged on Earth
Part II, Chapter II: The Aristocracy of Pull
Part II, Chapter III: White Blackmail
23 posted on 04/14/2009 11:04:21 AM PDT by Publius
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To: bert

Or Ragnar


24 posted on 04/14/2009 11:11:31 AM PDT by Betis70 (Keep working serf, Zero's in charge)
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To: smith288
This country needs a gigantic band-aid rip-off.

I think this country needs to rediscover the guillotine.

25 posted on 04/14/2009 12:36:36 PM PDT by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: patriot preacher

I hope all of you are out at Tea Parties on Tax Day. If in every media market reporters are forced to cover crowds of protesters outside local Post Offices where folks are dropping off tax returns, local town halls, county seats, state capitals, then the message will get around the national networks that are gaga for Obama and big spending.


26 posted on 04/14/2009 12:51:39 PM PDT by Ed Hudgins (Rand fan)
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To: Jack Black

Been doing yard sales for many years. I get quality items (treasures) that others no longer need.

New ain’t necessarily better. In fact, most everything I see for sale in the market is cheaply made and sold for a high profit.

Also “trade” work. Exchange items you don’t want for those you need. Victory gardens help feed us all.

We can help each other and overcome the tyranny of greed.


27 posted on 04/14/2009 1:00:37 PM PDT by wizr ( Freedom ain't free, and common sense ain't common, it's a gift, from God.)
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To: Ed Hudgins; All

28 posted on 04/14/2009 1:55:52 PM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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To: Jack Black

Starve the beast is right. Instead of sending a check with your tax return, send a note that says “you pay for it”


29 posted on 04/14/2009 2:05:27 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget (July 4, 2009 see you there))
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To: backhoe

Here here!!!


30 posted on 04/14/2009 6:06:13 PM PDT by Ed Hudgins (Rand fan)
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