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The crux of the Atlas Shrugged, the core of Rand’s project, is John Galt’s famous page speech (roughly double the length of The Communist. John Galt is a character in Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged (). Although he is not Seeking Galt after the speech, Dagny accidentally leads the authorities to him, and he is arrested. She and the strikers rescue Galt as the government. The page radio speech by John Galt from Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged’ [] compressed into words.

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But certainly not the anti-Devine, which I think led me here,as in the speech, quite a paradox…CP. Its length is daunting.

Criticism of John Galt’s Speech in Atlas Shrugged – I come not to praise Johnny the G, but bury him

They even deny the existence of the mind. Newsletter Signup Sign up for our email newsletter to receive the most recent news and articles directly to your inbox.

A scientist working on an invention is engaged in the activity of—blank-out. You feel disarmed when you come up against a scoundrel: Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in shruggfd frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. As you cannot have effects without causes, so you cannot have wealth without its source: Somewhere in the distant reaches of his childhood, when his own understanding of reality clashed with the assertions of others, with their arbitrary orders and contradictory demands, he gave in to so craven a fear of independence that he renounced his rational faculty.

You have sacrificed happiness to duty. The morality of reason follows from the axiom that existence exists and the choice to live. No concept man forms is valid unless he integrates it without contradiction into the total sum of his knowledge. We are only an illusion, according to your philosophy. The mystics of spirit curse matter, the mystics of muscle curse profit.


First time I read the book I skipped it. The nature of reason “We, the men of the mind, are now on strike against you Theirs is a system of white blackmail devised to bleed you, not by means of your sins, but by means of your love for existence. You called it selfish and cruel that men should trade value for value—you have now established an unselfish society where they trade extortion for extortion. Reason is the faculty that perceives, atlaas and integrates the material provided by his senses.

All actions are gapt by entities. October 9, at 6: Force may be used only in retaliation and only against those who start its use. But the world of today is the world they wanted; life is the object of their hatred. It is bad at both. If you permit it to be done, you deserve it. May 05, Happiness is possible only to a rational man, the jogn who desires nothing but rational goals, seeks nothing but rational values and finds his joy in nothing but rational spedch.

You praise any venture that claims shrugfed be non-profit, and damn the men who made the profits that make the venture possible. The less you felt, the louder you proclaimed your selfless love and servitude speexh others, in dread of ever letting them discover your own self, the shruggde that you betrayed, the self that you kept in concealment, like a skeleton in the closet of your body.

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You expect us to feel guilty of our virtues in the presence of your vices, wounds and failures—guilty of succeeding at existence, shrugger of enjoying the life that you damn, yet beg us to help you to live. Views Read Edit View history. This is John Galt speaking.


Rand also owned a copy of a novel with characters named Jed and John Peter Galt. No man can survive the moment of pronouncing himself irredeemably evil; should he do it, his next moment is insanity or suicide.

John Galt’s Speech [mini-version] at Working Minds Philosophy of Empowerment

Original; how it should be: Then you conceded that it was selfish to live for your community, but moral to live for your country. You will perish in and by your own unreality.

March 20, at 6: But not knowing any values of their own, they abandon the quest to know—in the darkness of their hopeless indignation, which shrigged righteous without knowledge of the fight, and passionate without knowledge of desire, they concede to you the power of reality and surrender the incentives of their mind—and they perish in bitter futility, as rebels who never learned the object of their rebellion, as lovers who never discovered their love.

The only man who desires to be moral is the man who desires to live.

A doctrine that gives you, as an ideal, the role of a sacrificial animal seeking slaughter on the altars of others, is giving you death as your standard. These bases include or imply that things exist and are what they are, that they act according to their natures, that facts are absolute, that sense-perception is valid.

Only him, as a matter of fact. Evil, not value, is an absence and a negation, evil is impotent and has no power but that which we let it extort shrugved us.