In Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shruggedthere was a hidden refuge in a valley of Colorado where the people of ability had retreated to after relinquishing participation in American society. It was aptly nicknamed “Galt’s Gulch” by its inhabitants, though it was more properly named “Mulligan’s Valley” since it was the property of Michael “Midas” Mulligan, a banker and one of the first strikers to heed John Galt’s call.
The basic premise is that the United States has degenerated into an authoritarian, quasi-Marxist state, strangling business, innovation, and personal liberty in favor of an non merit-based egalitarian result. John Galt responds by convincing the productive and innovative people – the “Men of the Mind” – to withdraw from society and take their skills and visions with them, “stopping the motor of the world” by withdrawing the “minds” that drive society’s growth and productivity.
John Galt is Prometheus who changed his mind. After centuries of being torn by vultures in payment for having brought to men the fire of the gods, he broke his chains — and he withdrew his fire — until the day when men withdraw their vultures.
– Francisco d’Anconia
Atlas Shrugged, Part II, Chapter V
Ayn Rand speaks of these topics.
- Decline of Manufacturing
America no longer produces much domestically. Over the last 60 years there’s been slightly over of 66% drop in employment within factories inside the US and a commensurate rise in off-shoring manufacturing to places such as Mexico and China.
- Decline of Innovation
Scientific and technological advances are also, more and more, coming from overseas. Companies are now paying scientists in China, India, Singapore, and other foreign lands to perform R & D instead of using more expensive domestic scientists and research facilities.
living in canada I see this as well… i think instead of depending on the government we need to more and more return to an agrarian society where neighbors help neighbors and churches bind the community and the citicens to a moral code.
1. Do all that you agreed to do
2. Do not encroach on other people or their property.
I really am looking for some where like this…longing for some where like this. any one interested?
who I shaamelessly plagiarized from