Atlas shrugged, America slouched – The Galt/Trump revolutionBy Stone Washington
January 28, 2016(note the date)
"I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle."~ John Galt, Atlas Shrugged
"One of the problems when you become successful is that jealousy and envy inevitably follow. There are people – I categorize them as life's losers – who get their sense of accomplishment and achievement from trying to stop others. As far as I'm concerned, if they had any real ability they wouldn't be fighting me, they'd be doing something constructive themselves." ~ Donald Trump, Art of the Deal
This essay is a literary analysis of objective intellectual Ayn Rand's magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged (1957), and the important lessons on free market capitalism we learn primarily through the life and times of its protagonist – John Galt. The novel begins with the ongoing question, "Who is John Galt"?
Summary of John Galt
In Ayn Rand's fictional work, Atlas Shrugged, the U.S. economy is slowly decaying under the guidance of Washington, D.C. politicians and bureaucrats. The wealthiest businessmen and entrepreneurs that drive the American economy are slowly beginning to disappear and fade out of their line of work just when they are needed most to prevent or slow down the socialist deconstruction of society…
Rand created Galt to be her Prometheus – the visionary prophet who sacrificed all for the preservation of the civilized world – the free market, capitalistic society. It is through Galt that all of her characters are defined and animated. reflect Galt's unyielding love to produce and venerate only that which is produced by one's own hand through the purity of an independent mind. Galt's genius intellect represents the type of critical thought long since abandoned by the scientists in the novel. All they can do is pervert Veritas (truth) with their scientific inventions slavishly used to promote the omnipotent State that enslaves them. Thisscientific treasonaccording to Ayn Rand makes their pseudo-science obsolete and real science venerated.
John Galt and Donald Trump
In modern day John Galt is a precursor to billionaire and Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump. Like Galt, Trump possesses the economic and entrepreneurial genius that has launched him to orchestrate a multi-billion dollar empire of successful businesses. Like Galt, Trump is a man of principle who stands firm upon promoting the qualities and capabilities of an individual, apart from government intervention.
Like Galt, Trump remains fearless and headstrong in his quest for the Presidency. Trump sticks to his values and political stance even when faced with harsh attacks and constant criticism from Democrats, so-called Conservatives, the media, and even the GOP cowardly Establishment. As with Galt rising in fame, the naysayers and back-stabbers only elevate Trump's popularity in the polls. Both men are bullet-proof in that no matter how many times they make "controversial" statements or are attacked, they remain unscathed and paradoxically only gain more supporters as the slave chains of people's minds are broken by independent, Objectivist thinking. Galt revealing himself on national TV is equivalent to how Trump has captured the hearts of millions of Americans downtrodden by the slavemaster State under the Democrat Socialist Party in Washington, D.C. The message of Galt and Trump to America, to We the People is similar in that they both courageously expose the treasonous condition America has been enslaved under the tyranny of career-politicians and proclaims that America will not last as a nation economically or morally under the disillusion of government greed.
America, We the People must not allow ourselves to continually backslide into decadence. Prometheus has arisen! Atlas has taken his rightful place on stage. Men like Trump and John Galt have held the nation upon their shoulders for too long not to rebel against the crony government. We must wake up and see the vision for greatness Trump seeks to restore back into the heart of this nation, a vision mirrored by John Galt's vision for prosperity under the success of industrial ideas. This election cycle it's time for America stop slouching in mediocrity and rise up to vote for a candidate that will reinvigorate the American legacy as the greatest nation in the History of the World.