I was listening to The Black Brigade's latest podcast whilst hiking Trapper Peak. And among their topics de jour was the recurring theme of "going Galt." This particular instance however, was prompted by local radio show host Jason Lewis walking off the job claiming he had had enough and was no longer going to serve as a host to what is nothing more than the parasites of society.
They applauded his decision, as do I, but they then went onto ask the question, "Why don't more talk radio hosts" or "leaders" in the conservative/libertarian movement provide a how to, or actually go Galt themselves? Matter of fact, why don't just 10% of conservatives, libertarians or as I like to call them "Real Americans" go Galt, crashing this entire corrupt system?
Well, lieutenants and economists, I already had the answer before I made it back to the trail head.
Understand that the number one thing preventing conservatives and libertarians from going Galt and "starving the beast" is that they are saddled with debt. This may at first sound odd that conservatives and libertarians would have such finances, but consider the fact that most people incur debt when they are younger
which consequently means
made those decisions to incur debt when they were statistically likely to be more liberal
and you can see why even "savvy" conservative/libertarian types just can't "go Galt."
If you look at the decisions that result in life's major debts, they are typically made during their "dumbass 20 something leftists phase" ie - before one turns 30.
Credit card/consumer spending
Car loans, and of course the biggest ball and chain of them all
This results in an irony, if not a fiscal tragedy, where future and theoretical "Galtists" who would love nothing more than to go Galt, can't, simply because they are saddled with too much debt FORCING them to remain in the work force till their debts are paid and their mortgage gone. You add in marriage and children, and your average male "Galtist" can only wistfully pine about going Galt just as much as he can "buying a motorcycle and heading to Sturgis without permission."
The result is a phenomenon the Manosphere calls the "Wage Mule" or "Debt Slave." Stupid decisions made in the past condemn the rest of your life to severely limited choices and potential, effectively ruining your life, and certainly making lofty, idealistic political maneuvers such as "going Galt" an impossibility.
There is however, good news.
While Gen X may have been the last generation to partially swallow the
propaganda, Gen Y/the Millenials didn't. Additionally, a good percentage of Gen X also postponed marriage, or avoided it all together. In other words, Americans, despite their horrendous stupidity, are actually starting to learn from their predecessors, and with the breaking of the social contract between men and women and default and unconscious "going Galt" is already occurring.
Men just aren't proposing as much as they used to and if they do, they wait till they're well into their 30's to do so. Also, unless you're an illegal immigrant or are too stupid to do basic division and understand the concept of income per capita, people are having less kids. Thirdly, the economy is so poor, an entire generation has had the forced lesson of minimalism forced on them. And finally, if you look at labor force participation rates, people are wising up (even feminist-fed women) and realizing that yes, work indeed sucks. In other words, society is slowly "going Galt" as they respond to the perverse and country-destroying policies socialists have enacted upon society. This may not be the "rapid" "starve the beast TODAY" sort of strategy idealistic Galtists want, but it is to show them that what they wish for is already happening naturally. Perhaps not at the pace they wanted, but it is happening and it cannot be stopped.
The real issue, however, is one of hope. Galtists (theoretical or not) deep down inside want to starve the beast TODAY with the hopes that a new society would emerge from the ashes so quickly that they would be able to participate and enjoy said new society during their lifetime. The problem is that society is too glacial, America too entrenched economically and globally, and our citizenry too fat, stupid and endebted that this will never happen. Most people alive today will die watching a declining America, not a phoenix from the ashes. It will be future generations that will witness a reality-forced destruction of socialist America, and a resurrection, if there ever is one.