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.
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.
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.