Monday, October 15, 2012

Who is John Galt?

John Galt is a Producer. He is an inventor in the book 'Atlas Shrugged' by Ayn Rand. Just as he was completing the invention of a motor that powers itself through static electricity in the surrounding air, the owner of the company he worked for dies. The owner's son takes over the company and decides to change the way the employees are paid. The new philosophy of compensation is 'From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs'.

In this model, for example, a low producing employee may earn more than a high producing employee because he has a larger family to support. The company then pressures the high producer to produce more to keep the system functioning, while paying him less for his effort. John Galt decided that the company didn't deserve to prosper from his new invention and disabled it. He then quit the company and left. He sees this change as a trend in the land and decides to create his own community of producers that residents nicknamed 'Galt's Gulch'. Here, there are no moochers or looters. They only invite producers.

The concept is simple.

The world is made up of three types of people:
Producers - The people who make things happen. They are people with initiative.
Moochers - The people without initiative, dependent on Gov't handouts, etc. These people are usually the 'couch potato' type. Many are on welfare, food stamps, etc.
Looters - The non-military government. They believe in tax & spend economics.
  • The moochers and the looters need the Producers to survive.
  • They have insatiable appetites, whether it be power and expansion of government or more and more entitlements. 
  • Their goal is to tax the Producers more and more to fund their increasing appetites.
  • The Producers eventually get fed up with it all.
  • The Producers go on strike. The moochers and looters are left to try to maintain themselves.
  • The economy instantly disintegrates and many see the light or die (economic collapse).
  • The Producers rebuild the economy and life eventually goes on with much fewer moochers and looters.'s_Gulch

Whenever the number of people in non-military government, plus the number of people receiving entitlements becomes greater than 50% of the total population, we cease to be a representative republic. We become a democracy, which is mob rule.

Thomas Jefferson was quoted as saying: "Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%".

Mob rule is like two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

In 2011, the US spent $1.03 trillion on welfare (This does NOT include social security and medicare which are not entitlements, but a paid benefit). Add to that government's insatiable appetite for self expansion, and it's clear to see that the producers are severely outnumbered.

Producers will only take so much abuse before they will become disillusioned and decide that it's not worth it, cash out, and leave. It's interesting that most preppers are producers. Producers are planners. They'll prepare a prepping list and prepare for disasters. As a result, they are more likely to be around to rebuild after an economic collapse.

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