For years, I’ve joked that we shouldn’t be asking, “Who is John Galt?” But, “Where is John Galt?”
However, with modern satellites and other methods of surveillance, I don’t think there’s any place on earth to build our own Galt’s Gulch, the mythological hideaway that Ayn Rand described in her novel, Atlas Shrugged.
We’re going to have to look for the man rather than the place, after all.
While Galt had some good ideas about production and the free market, he scoffed at altruism and self-sacrifice. In his world, the solution he advocated the withdrawal of our talent and gold from society and to let civilization collapse.
And yet, Galt’s actions were not completely consistent with his words. He gave up safety, comfort and wealth in order to win converts and enable the “producers” to escape the tyranny of his government.
From Galt’s speech explaining why his actions were not a sacrifice:
“‘Sacrifice’ does not mean the rejection of the worthless, but of the precious. ‘Sacrifice’ does not mean the rejection of the evil for the sake of the good, but of the good for the sake of the evil.”
“If a man refuses to sell his convictions, it is not a sacrifice, unless he is the sort of man who has no convictions.”
Who John Galt in 2015?