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Fearless Philosophy For Free Minds: John Galt’s Words More Relevant than Ever

Friday, February 01, 2008

John Galt’s Words More Relevant than Ever

America seems to be faced yet again with the choice of the least of four evils in choosing the next president. All four of the frontrunners, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain, and Mitt Romney believe in varying degrees of statism and do not recognize the rights of the smallest minority – the individual. Each one believes that it is our duty to sacrifice for the good of others at the expense of ourselves. Soon the choices will be narrowed down to two choices and we will once again have to choose the lesser of two evils. Which freedoms are we willing to sacrifice and which are we willing to preserve? Or do we refuse to choose between the two impossibly bad choices and “shrug.”

The videos below are dramatizations John Galt’s speech in Ayn Rand’s Atalas Shrugged. Galt is the protagonist character who embodies Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism. As we wait for the next president to call on us all to sacrifice our life, liberty, and property, for the good of others, the words of this fictional character seem more relevant today than when they were published some 50 years ago.
Part I

Part II

Part III and IV
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