Who Is John Galt?

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David, I posted my latest on Facebook and someone, perhaps a first time reader, added a positive comment including, “I wonder who else reads this [kind of material]…” With the explosion of liberty-advocating websites, organizations and publications, and the phenomenal Lew Rockwell and the Mises Institute, I thought the answer was “Why, everyone!” But in fact these ideas — challenging the state, breaking 20th century paradigms of government omniscience and nobility, so logical, so normal, so integral to the early American tradition and threaded through our history (ignored by educators but damningly persistent nonetheless) — are truly being rediscovered today. Just like those who wondered, everywhere and increasingly in a fictional world, “Who is John Galt?”, Americans are looking at each other and, increasingly, asking the most dangerous questions.

7:33 am on August 3, 2010