Directive 10-289 makes NO sense. Criminalizing hiring during a recession is insane, no matter your ideology. The Government is in on the conspiracy and is trying to hasten the demise of the state.
- Fred Kinnan, at the very least, certainly gives the impression of being "better" than the role he's playing in the Government. On a regular basis, he gets a BIG kick out of calling the other villains out on their hypocrisy, contradictions, and self-righteousness. Perhaps he's a Magnificent Bastard secretly in the employ of Galt, subtly nudging the "looters" to hasten society's destruction?
- You arent taking into account that Rand actually believed that anyone who disagreed with her was both stupid and evil. Therefore, the government is doing it on purpose For the Evulz.
- No, they didn't.
- What is his TARDIS?
- His SPEECH...the very long one
- if it was bigger on the inside then I pity whoever had to sit and listen to it
- His SPEECH...the very long one
- No, he's Ryan.
Ellsworth Toohey started the Looters on their path in The Fountainhead and continued it in Atlas Shrugged. Then, immediately after the end of the book, Galt and Company are forced down, the location of Galt's Gulch is extracted from the weakest link, and the place is stormed. The Thousand Year Reign of Darkness begins. The House In The Mountains in Anthem is the last remnant of Galt's Gulch.
This: http://bradhicks.livejournal.com/393124.html seems to follow a very similar line of reasoning.
Or the house is Austen Heller's..
- John Galt was a pseudonym for the guy on first.
- As a statement, it seems more like an identification of who Who is. Don't make me spell it out.
- Galt has some independent verification — although he might have planted that hobo, or the hobo's story. There are copycats, though, such as the John Galt Line. Notably, they all betray his ideology, albeit by varying degrees.
The Bible is the mythological background/Corrupt Church inspiration which Zarathustra supplants when he finds out the death of God. When Ubermensch Doctor Manhattan leaves Earth, collectivism sets in; Rorschach (who was alive all along) becomes V and inspires John Galt in America.
- Best WMG ever!
- Not really. Rorschach was a fascist. V been a leftist-anarchist would probably have been very collectivist. And Zarathustra, being a good Nietzschean, would consider absurd the objectivist ideas of an objective morality (he would see them as slaves).
- Related to the above WMG, Spiral Energy
At best, he is The Paragon and at worst, is the Dark Messiah and knows it.He believes the world's beyond his power to save and that attempting to do so would just be throwing his life away in the pursuit of an impossibility. So instead he chooses to save what small part of it matters to him most and try to give what remains the best chance they can of picking themselves back up from the ashes.
Also most of the people in Galts Gulch are highly individualistic and Galt not only convict them to follow him and his philosophy but also to abound all their fortunes and place in society. How dose he do that? With help of unnatural charisma gifted by Chaos!
The real question is not Who is John Galt, it is What is John Galt, under that all to perfect human appearance
- It is tantalizing to see it this way, because that would mean that Atlas Shrugged (and Rand's entire philosophy) is one giant Stealth Parody. Rand would essentially be mocking self-worshiping jerks by stroking their massive egos, stringing them along to look like fools in their blind devotion to her ideas. Given that she was a member of the controversial writer's guild and eventually signed up for welfare, one could stretch that she was deliberately setting herself up as a strawman, risking her reputation to depict the concept of rational self-interest as hypocritical and repugnant. It would be a historical Batman Gambit that gives Niccolò Machiavelli's satire theory a run for its money.
- The shale-oil drilling process is an example of human ingenuity, which can turn worthless raw materials into sources of great prosperity. The Colorado oil shale hills were believed to be worthless, until Ellis Wyatt developed a process which allowed him to profitably extract huge quantites of fuel oil from them. Without Wyatt's process, the land is worthless: "I'm leaving it as I found it. Take over. It's yours."
- Rearden Metal is an example of human determination, as Hank Rearden did not have a revelation as to its design, but developed it over the course of his adult life. When the Looters force him to give it up, they rename it "Miracle Metal", as they are too small-minded to understand the amount of effort that Rearden put into its development.
- Galt's Motor is an example of human creativity, which has no real limits. Galt created the motor through his own efforts, without support from anyone, and it is fully capable of providing limitless power to the entire world-it is literally the motor of the world. It could have prevented the societal collapse which ocurrs at the novel's climax, yet it has been stopped and left to rust in an abandoned factory. The factory was once the most prosperous in the country, but was inherited by incompetent minds which instituted policies which led to its collapse.
- The Gulch mirage is an example to how intellect may be overlooked by the masses, yet discovered by the determined, as society at large is unaware of Galt's Gulch, yet Dagny penetrates it due to her determination to find Quentin Daniels.
- Project X is an example of how human intellect may be turned to destructive purposes through coercion, and how those intellects are ultimately destroyed by their creations. Stadler, although an incredible mind, believes that the only way he can prosper is by forcing others to support him. Ultimately, he dies along with his creation when Cuffy Meigs clumsily attempts to claim it for himself.
- The voice activated door locks are the ultimate example of Rand's philosophy. When Dagny speaks the words of the Strikers' oath, that she will no longer sacrifice herself to others, nor allow others to sacrifice themselves for her, she is permitted to enter the core of the Strikers' society, a power plant where all of the valley's energy is generated, with enough to spare to power the entire world.
- Palm-activated door locks are an example of the sanctity of the human mind-to attempt to force it open and claim its contents against the owner's will will only result in the destruction of all that it holds. Galt's New York laboratory has one of these locks-only his hand can open it. When the police arrive and force the door, all of his work is destroyed without a trace.
- The torture machine is an example of Rand's concept of the Sanction of the Victim. In the novel's climax, the Looters take John Galt to a secret location and attempt to force him to save them and their failing society. The machine breaks, and none of the Looters know how to fix it. Galt then calmly and eloquently instructs him on how it may be repaired. The Looters are literally unable to even harm Galt without Galt's intellect to make their machine work.
- What's especially interesting about this theory is how much Alan Moore seemed to be mining Atlas Shrugged for material, regarding the character of V...all the way down to V taking control of the airwaves to proclaim his manifesto to the people of Britain and call for revolution against the tyrannical government. (Not bad for a man who tries to give the impression of hating everything Rand stood for....)
For added hilarity and insanity, John Galt is Simon's ancestor.
This is backed up in Atlas Shrugged in Fred Kinnan's speech about the People's States of Europe.
Sounds an awful lot like the Party.