February 26, 2013 by Liberty
These are 4 John Galt Quotes that I always seem to come back to. While I don’t believe in everything preached in Atlas Shugged (and the last speech was ridiculous.) I do believe it is one of the best pieces on the logic behind libertarian beliefs. Without further ado, the John Galt Quotes:
“The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.”
We’re not controlled by those that tell us what to do. We’re controlled by our decision to listen. While it can be in your logical best interest to listen on a personal basis, it’s definitely not ethical. Government cannot work without the individual sanction.
Government is not a real thing. Government is men that decide to believe in “government power.” Government does not exist without the soldiers or the politicians or all of the other “government positions.” A government is the combination of this collectively bad set of ethics but even with the people in the positions, the only reason they believe in it is because we allow them.
We follow the rules as if they exist. Therefore, they appear to exist.
“No ones happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or destroy.”
While everyone likes to pass responsibility onto someone else, taking responsibility for the good and bad in life is essential. One of the easiest things to get caught up in is the habit of blaming other people‘s wrongs in the past for where you currently are in life.
People say, this person did this to me. That’s why I’m this way.
Your reaction is no one else’s fault. There are reactions that are appropriate. For example, I lock my doors because someone stole from me 5 years ago. Does that mean that person that robbed me is responsible if I lose my key and need to hire a locksmith?
“Money demands that you sell not your weakness to man’s stupidity but there talent to your reason.”
Money (or value) brings out the best of a man or woman.
Entitlement is the problem.
People that are given excesses (voluntarily not through government) are providing that much value to the people around them.
It doesn’t matter how much we think that someone didn’t deserve something, we don’t have the right to pretend that we know it all. In many cases, we’re the one with the vision problem. It’s like my grandfather saying Bill Gates doesn’t deserve his fortune because his computer thing didn’t actually do anything worthwhile. We are all in that position of ignorance with something in life.
Someone might argue inheritance breaks this logic. Inheritance is included as value being provided. Just like charity, people give to causes that they care about. People care about their children. The people giving receive the value of knowing(believing) that their children are taken care of.
“I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”
Speaks for itself.
Any John Galt fans out there?