"Tea parties." "Going Galt." You've probably seen a growing number of references to these in the media, online, and on signs at rallies reacting to new government spending and controls.
The Boston Tea Party was a rebellion against excessive government. Today's "tea parties" say "no" to spending without limit and the government takeover of our lives.
"Going Galt!" If you've read Ayn Rand 's Atlas Shrugged , you appreciate the parallels between today's disintegrating world and the events depicted in that prophetic novel. Atlas Shrugged is the story ofhow productive people went on strike, withdrawing their services in protest against a society that damned them for being productive and expropriated the fruits of their labor.
The ideas in Atlas Shrugged can be powerful moral weapons to roll back the forces of repression and irrationality. The Atlas Society is your premier source for information on those ideas. We've compiled this page to help you understand the whole "Going Galt" phenomenon.
We at The Atlas Society want you to fight back, to express both your moral outrage and your hopes for a better future, and to be more effective by helping us to help you.
On our website you will find a wealth of information and insight about Atlas Shrugged . You'll find clear explanations of Rand's philosophy, Objectivism , by expert writers. You'll find an arsenal of intellectual ammunition needed to prevail against the assault on your freedom. And we're devoting all our time and attention to a new website that, like cruise missiles, will better delivery moral bombs to the targets of envy and resentment.
Atlas Shrugged is still incredibly popular, five decades after its publication, because it offers a dramatic moral defense of the right to individuals live for their own sakes and a vision of a benevolent society based in reason, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Atlas Shrugged at 50: a Tribute in The New Individualist
All about Atlas Shrugged: expert analysis, plot synopses, and more
The revolt against taxes: collected Atlas Society commentary
Helen Smith got it all started with this post .
Megan McArdle took note in The Atlantic online: "Atlas raised his Eyebrows"
Chris Sullentrop surveyed the "Going Galt" scene for the New York Times.
"Going Galt" means a Return to Revolution in The New Individualist, Spring 2009 issue.
David N. Mayer, "Completing the American Revolution"
William R Thomas, "Individual Rights: The Objectivist View"
David Kelley, "The Fourth Revolution"
Edward Hudgins is research director at the Heartland Institute and former director of advocacy and senior scholar at The Atlas Society.