I'm reminded of something I was always taught when I was in restaurant management: when an employee, any employee, either threatens to quit or actually does quit, you always let them go. Nobody is ever irreplaceable. Nobody. The answer to the ultimatum-droppers was always the same: "Tomorrow morning we're unlocking those doors and serving our customers and running our business whether you are here or not." Well, the same thing applies to all the would-be John Galts out there: when you go, nobody's going to much miss you. Your positions will be filled and the world will go on.
So, please, if you really want to Go Galt, then by all means, go. Have a nice time. Enjoy cleaning your own hotel rooms and cooking all your own meals and growing your own food and building your own roads to drive on and everything else. By all means, go. More for the rest of us.
Here's DougJ from Balloon Juice on this:
These are good points, but I think there’s been too much emphasis on what idiots these people are and not enough on how childish they are. Quitting work because of a slight tax increase isn’t akin to anything from any sort of philosophy, not even one as crude and simplistic as Ayn Rand’s; it’s more akin to a child’s decision to take his ball and go home. It’s probably worse, though, since when a typical ten year-old gets home, stops crying, and wipes his nose, he doesn’t then fantasize about how the world will now suffer from the loss of his inestimable brilliance. I don’t know if Vincent Gallo is a Randian or not (it certainly wouldn’t surprise me if he was), but this quote summarizes Galtism in its current form perfectly: “I stopped painting in 1990 at the peak of my success just to deny people my beautiful paintings; and I did it out of spite.”
(Wow, is Vincent Gallo an ass or what? How many people out there actually feel as though their lives are lessened because he stopped painting? And he's from Buffalo. Oh well, we can't win 'em all.)
Of course, by "Going Galt" they're not actually going anywhere. Some are talking about scheming to make less money so they won't get taxed at the "new" rate (which, I point out again, is merely a resumption of the old rate). How dumb is that? If someone is actually scheming to make less money than they otherwise could because of some tax thing, it makes me wonder just what kind of genius they are in the first place.
The Right really needs to start fetishizing some better books.