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Who is John Galt?

I know he is a character in an Ayn Rand novel, but who is he?

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You have to read "Atlas Shrugged" to find out. Its a thick book, and to many people, promotes a selfish and unthinking philosophy.

Other people have found in it, justification for thinking themselves wonderful, and everybody else lazy.

Yeah - I don't like the book or the philosophy - how did you guess? :))

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that question is asked in her novel...EDIT...maybe he is like joe the plumber

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The famous opening line of Ayn Rand’s masturbatory hymn to entitled capitalist “heroes.” Since the second move in the “Atlas Shrugged” series is set for an October release, I think it necessary to dive into exactly who John Galt is and how he differs from the real world we inhabit.

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The second movie?
There was a first?
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There was a book too Wicked. The movie wasn't too bad for the type of book it was about. Can't wait for part 2.
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I disagree that he differs from the real world or lets say what's coming down the pike.
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The best way to really find out who John Galt is, is to read the book "Atlas Shrugged". To really explain it would be too much of a spoiler but basically he represents someone who refuses to allow himself to be ripped off by the govt. that would not allow him to profit by the fruits of his own labor but rather take it from him and give it away to lazy people who feel entitled to the fruit of someone else's labor.
While I don't completely agree with Ayn Rands philosophy she makes some very good points and it's worthwhile to read "Atlas Shrugged". I have read it and I plan on reading her other books as well. She knew what she was talking about when it comes to redistribution of wealth having escaped the Soviet Union at a very young age in the early part of the 20th century. She was an atheist and a libertarian.
I suspect that many of the liberals who hate her have never read her work but just believe what others have said about her.
I haven't seen the movie but I don't see how it could possibly do the book justice.

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I agree with all you said.
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Ayn Rand collected Social Security.
In fact, because her terrible smoking habit ruined her health, she actually applied to the US government for a waiver to begin receiving her Social Security a year earlier than normal.
So much for that myth about self-determination and self-sufficiency.

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Beat me to it!
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That doesn't really answer the question though does it? She collected Social Security which she paid into during her moneymaking years and Medicare paid for by taxes which she also paid. To say how you think things should be does not necessarily preclude one from dealing with things the way they are.
That said, I do disagree with some parts of her philosophy such as atheism and her belief that the highest morality is pursuing ones self interest or selfishness. I do believe that it's better to help others than to only help yourself. I think it should be voluntary not compulsory but there does need to be something in place to help people who really need it and if people won't step up and do it voluntarily I guess they do need to be compelled to some degree. Abuse should be minimized but it will occur. In the absence of a perfect world we need to make the best of the one we live in.
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Great answer JD.
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