John Galt, the fictional character from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, doesn’t appear until the last third of the novel. For most of the work he’s a phantom, always in the background, waiting for the right moment to make his appearance. When he does appear, it turns out that the enemy of left-leaning plutocrats everywhere has been hiding out on his own private island. Why? First, there’s the principle of the matter. Galt hates collective-minded bureaucrats who use democratic language like “equality” and “fairness” to strip hard-working individuals of that which is legally earned and privately owned. And then there’s the simple mathematics of the matter. Hiding away on a private island is a great way to avoid paying taxes.
Galt would welcome Gerard Depardieu to the island. Continue reading