Thursday, October 16, 2008


Do you think it is time to go on strike? Have you met characters like Ayn Rand's John Galt lately? [Editor's note: Please write a comment if you have read Ayn Rand's novel, Atlas Shrugged.] Read Dr. Helen Smith's post, Going John Galt. [Via Pajamas Media.] In one way, I am partially on strike, waiting for an invitation to the Galt's Gulch, but I think it is worth fighting for a second renaissance due to the fact that The Ayn Rand Institute is doing a great job on spreading better ideas, giving moral support to businessmen and capitalists, and teaching the New Intellectuals in Ayn Rand's philosophy, Objectivism.


  1. Martin, I've been thinking a lot about this lately. Particularly since my wife and I re-read Atlas Shrugged earlier this year. I originally read it 13 years ago, but my wife had not. This time we read it aloud. The book really changes your whole perspective on life and allows you to really understand what's going on. The unfortunate thing is the eerie parallels between current events in the economy and political atmosphere and the events in the book.

  2. Hell no, it's not time to go "on strike!" It's time to fight like hell, to give real meaning, as only Objectivism can, to a "Declaration of Independence."

    The fight should be not so much against evil and immoral socialism, Kantian philosophy, and the worship of death (the worship of the anti-man); the fight should be for capitalism, reason and human life.

  3. Martin,

    Why would you be on strike? Can you not find a way to make money in the current economic environment?

    And of course I've read Atlas.

  4. Martin,

    When Obama is elected and declares (as he will at some time in some fashion) himself dictator. And then institutes censorship, of course I shall go on strike.

    Robert Tracy

  5. I made the decision to go on strike about two and a half months before this post.

    I realized that revisions to industry price controls passed by Congress would make it impossible to do business. My former company has lost more than 80% of its market cap, was actually choosing to make loans at a loss, and eventually required massive financing from the federal government. All of this happened before Bush and Paulson announced any financial crisis.

    Previous to that, I had met strikers in other fields and thought I would avoid the same choice.