Who is John Galt?

With an economic crisis of epic proportions taking shape, now would be a good time to reread Ayn Rand.

“Man’s mind,” states John Galt, the protagonist of Atlas Shrugged, “is his basic tool of survival.

Life is given to him, survival is not.

His body is given to him, its sustenance is not.

His mind is given to him, its content is not.

To remain alive, he must act, and before he can act he must know the nature and purpose of his action.  He cannot obtain food without a knowledge of food and of the way to obtain it.  He cannot dig a ditch – or build a new technology – without a knowledge of his aim and of the means to achieve it.

To remain alive, he must think.  Thinking is not an automatic process.  A man can choose to think or to let his mind stagnate…or he can choose actively to turn against his intelligence, to evade his knowledge, to subvert his reason.