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  • Going John Galt

    03/04/2009 8:19:48 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 4 replies · 528+ views
    PursuingHoliness ^ | 03/03/2009
    Like Robert Stacey McCain, I’m frustrated with the “moderates” who voted for Obama in the desperate hope that he was not what the evidence - and by evidence, I mean his words, his associates, and even his extremely limited legislative track record - clearly proclaimed him to be: a far left Chicago thug politician whose goal was to move us into a more socialist state. David Brooks, Christopher Buckley, Peggy Noonan, Kathleen Parker, Doug Kmiec… you led the RINO cheerleading squad that helped this man become our President. Serious scrutiny of Obama’s admittedly scant record would have told you all...
  • Atlas Readies Shrug?

    02/28/2009 4:11:25 AM PST · by Scanian · 54 replies · 1,511+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | February 27, 2009 | Larrey Anderson
    Sales of Ayn Rand’s classic novel Atlas Shrugged have gone through the roof since the election of Barack Obama. The Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights has announced: Sales of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged have almost tripled over the first seven weeks of this year compared with sales for the same period in 2008. This continues a strong trend after bookstore sales reached an all-time annual high in 2008 of about 200,000 copies sold. “Americans are flocking to buy and read Atlas Shrugged because there are uncanny similarities between the plot-line of the book and the events of our day”...
  • Where in the World is John Galt?

    02/02/2009 5:51:11 PM PST · by Ericka81 · 27 replies · 2,751+ views
    Townhall ^ | 2/2/2009 | Ericka Andersen
    People of all political beliefs often consider Ayn Rand required reading, but libertarians and conservatives identify most closely with the obsessive focus on the individualism represented in her books. I made it my priority to get through the hefty 1,000 page Atlas Shrugged a couple of years ago and tackled The Fountainhead shortly thereafter. Since the 1957 publication of Atlas Shrugged, many a political reference has been made to the elusive character “John Galt,” all-encompassing figure of individualism, creation and invention. With an encroaching government in full effect today, an extreme clash to Rand’s ideal world abounds and the comparisons...
  • 'Atlas Shrugged': From Fiction to Fact in 52 Years

    01/09/2009 8:33:57 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 167 replies · 5,304+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 9, 2009 | Stephen Moore
    [T]he moral of ["Atlas Shrugged"] is simply this: Politicians invariably respond to crises -- that in most cases they themselves created -- by spawning new government programs, laws and regulations. These, in turn, generate more havoc and poverty, which inspires the politicians to create more programs . . . and the downward spiral repeats itself until the productive sectors of the economy collapse under the collective weight of taxes and other burdens imposed in the name of fairness, equality and do-goodism. In the book, these relentless wealth redistributionists and their programs are disparaged as "the looters and their laws." Every...
  • Next Person Who Asks 'Who Is John Galt?' Gets a Smack

    01/07/2009 11:39:36 AM PST · by This Just In · 76 replies · 1,349+ views ^ | January 7, 2009 | Anthony Sacramone
    Next Person Who Asks ‘Who Is John Galt?’ Gets a Smack Posted by Anthony Sacramone on January 7, 2009 The more appropriate question is, Where is John Galt? And the answer may be “prison.” I remember my Randian days, late-70s/early 80s, when libertarianism and the virtue of selfishness and the integrity of the individual were high on my list of values. I had read The Fountainhead and, yes, all of Atlas Shrugged, as well as several of Rand’s smaller philosophical works. I found her vision compelling, especially during the late Carter years, when collectivism was not only fashionable on campuses...
  • What happens if you take out $10k and travel with it?

    11/10/2008 7:17:34 AM PST · by rvoitier · 91 replies · 908+ views
    What actually happens? Is it a matter of just filling out forms or seizure of your money?
  • Ayn Rand doesn't need a bailout

    11/10/2008 4:34:17 AM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 59 replies · 643+ views
    Grand Junction [Col.] Free Press ^ | 11/10/2008 | Linn and Ari Armstrong
    Ayn Rand recognized a common pattern in the growth of political power: The enemies of liberty blame the free market for economic problems caused by government interference, then use those problems as a pretext for yet more political controls. Much of Rand’s prescient novel “Atlas Shrugged” revolves around that cycle. Now Rand’s critics sound exactly like the villains of Atlas. They wouldn’t attack her if they didn’t recognize her as a barrier to their grand central plans. Recently Alan Greenspan fueled the Rand hunt. In an Oct. 23 statement to a Congressional committee, Greenspan said he had “found a flaw”...
  • Romans 13:1-3 (Question on Authority)

    11/05/2008 1:05:36 PM PST · by Rightly Biased · 91 replies · 3,475+ views
    1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you.
  • It is now time for Atlas to Shrug...

    11/04/2008 7:17:47 PM PST · by Republican Extremist · 352 replies · 13,573+ views
    self | 11-4-08 | Republican Extremist aka JLB
    As it appears that Obama has won this election, following Fox News calling both Ohio and PA for him, I think it is now time for the businessmen and women who run this country to make it quite clear what the consequences are to those people who sold out their freedom for empty promises.Small business owners, your taxes are now going to be raised. You now will face the difficult choice of either cutting your costs by laying people off, or by passing the increased costs of taxation on to your customers. This time I want you to take the...
  • Pennsylvania 2 to 1 for OBAMA?? WTF???

    11/04/2008 7:09:27 PM PST · by TheConservator · 92 replies · 8,765+ views
    ABC ^ | 11/04/2008 | Me
    Pennsylvania running 61% for Nobama, 38% for McCain, with 49% of precincts reporting???
  • Nearly Half Of Calif. Voters Casting Early Ballot

    10/27/2008 6:48:11 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 10 replies · 682+ views
    KPIX ^ | October 27, 2008
    Close to half of all California voters are expected to cast their ballots by mail this election. According data recently released by the California Association of Clerks and Elected Officials, at least 40 percent of the state's registered voters have already decided to vote by mail. That percentage, the association said, is expected to grow over the coming days. Voting experts say a majority of voters prefer voting by mail in Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado. In all 28 states allow residents to vote by mail. Santa Clara has the second highest percentage of mail-in voters in California, with...
  • Voter ID lawsuit tossed out of court

    10/23/2008 10:11:09 AM PDT · by jasonmyos · 46 replies · 1,277+ views
    Legal Newsline ^ | 10/23/08
    MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's lawsuit to force officials to cross-check information on voter rolls before the Nov. 4 election was tossed out of court Thursday. Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi dismissed the lawsuit, saying Van Hollen lacks the authority to sue the state Government Accountability Board to force it to comply with the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002, known as HAVA. Sumi said only the U.S. attorney can sue to enforce the federal voter law.
  • Twentieth Century Motor Company - so relevant

    10/22/2008 8:01:44 AM PDT · by BobbyT · 16 replies · 2,374+ views
    So I see a lot of Atlas Shrugged references here, but not as many as I should given the current environment. It's a great novel, and John Galt's speech is fantastic, but not having read the novel in 6 or 8 years I realized I've been overlooking something even more relevant right now. The story of the Twentieth Century Motor Company! The link just happened to be the first place I found it excerpted online, but the author has it dead on: it stands just fine on its own without the rest of the novel. It's the story of what...
  • John Galt's Speech (Vanity tribute to Joe)

    10/17/2008 12:51:48 PM PDT · by mnehring · 41 replies · 1,449+ views
    Ayn Rand
    For twelve years you've been asking "Who is John Galt?" This is John Galt speaking. I'm the man who's taken away your victims and thus destroyed your world. You've heard it said that this is an age of moral crisis and that Man's sins are destroying the world. But your chief virtue has been sacrifice, and you've demanded more sacrifices at every disaster. You've sacrificed justice to mercy and happiness to duty. So why should you be afraid of the world around you? Your world is only the product of your sacrifices. While you were dragging the men who made...
  • One FReeper's "John Galt" Manifesto

    10/16/2008 7:15:26 PM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 70 replies · 2,764+ views
    "Galt's Gulch" | 10/16/08 | NewJerseyJoe
    Atlas Shrugged has been on my mind a great deal these past few weeks. I don't hold with Ayn Rand on everything -- her view of what constitutes "morality," for example, is in complete opposition to my closely held religious faith. And she could have used a good editor; the damn book could have been half its size but just as effective. However, Rand did have incredible foresight into the political and socioeconomic ills that were occurring around her and that abound, nearly unchecked, in our world of 2008. Apparently, I'm not the only person who has been thinking along these...
  • The Final Put Option

    10/15/2008 5:38:55 PM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 11 replies · 688+ views
    The Minority Report ^ | 15 Oct 2008 | .cnI redruM
    Those of us who have read Ayn Rand can sometimes get too caught up in applying fiction to current reality. Yes, the state is overburdening, yes it will get larger and more obnoxious in the decade from 2010 to 2020. Finally, the man who would lead said state into a new era of statist dictates, doesn’t exactly surround himself with people who view America through a positive frame of reference. All of that stipulated up front, its enough to make paranoid people, well, more paranoid and more and more ready to Chuck the whole thing and light out for The...

    07/29/2008 2:03:38 PM PDT · by Neville Chamberlain · 11 replies · 159+ views
    Back to basics for conservatism while moving into the internet age. Youtube combines the power of the TV and the internet. For conservatives to win in the 21st century, they’ll need to engage American public opinion with “video pamphleteerism.” If the videos aren’t funny, they’re just spam. Here’s one of the best I’ve ever seen!! It has all of the laughs of slapstick humor and cartoons but it makes “a far larger conservative point.“ The show's host, John Galt actually appears on Rush Limbaugh in one of the other network’s videos. Check it out at
  • North Texas State University

    07/21/2008 11:05:05 AM PDT · by Hardcorps · 20 replies · 82+ views
    My 17 year old Grandson is looking for A university that he can double major in philosophy and physics. Thus far he has visited Wheaton, University of Dallas and North Texas State. Naturally he likes all of them but it would be much easier on the family if he would pick North Texas State. He lives in Prosper, Texas not that far away but far enough that he would not stay at home. I need help convincing him to select NTU. Please give me some ammunition. SF
  • Government Is Sued Over Seizure of Liberty Dollars

    06/21/2008 6:24:50 AM PDT · by vietvet67 · 118 replies · 294+ views
    New York Sun ^ | June 20, 2008 | JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN
    The federal government's attempt to stop a group of gold-standard activists from minting an alternative to the greenback is about to face its first legal test. A dozen people around the country filed suit in U.S. District Court in Idaho this week demanding the return of all the copper, silver, gold, and platinum coins — more than seven tons of metal in all — that the FBI and Secret Service seized in November during raids of a mint in Idaho and a strip mall storefront in Indiana. The Justice Department had decided that the coins, many of which bear the...
  • Who is John Galt? Do you think Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton knows who John Galt is?

    07/20/2006 9:58:44 PM PDT · by do the dhue · 151 replies · 2,654+ views
    Atlas Shrugged ^ | Ayn Rand
    Happiness is not to be achieved at the command of emotional whims. Happiness is not the satisfaction of whatever irrational wishes you might blindly attempt to indulge. Happiness is a state of non-contradictory joy—a joy without penalty or guilt, a joy that does not clash with any of your values and does not work for your own destruction, not the joy of escaping from your mind, but of using your mind's fullest power, not the joy of faking reality, but of achieving values that are real, not the joy of a drunkard, but of a producer. Happiness is possible only...