Going Galt Under Donald Trump

Going Galt Under Donald Trump

The term “Going Galt” is a reference to Ayn Rand’s epic novel Atlas Shrugged. In the book, John Galt is subject to forced unionization when the founder of the automobile company for which he works dies and his liberal children inherit the plant. John responds by leaving the company, but also by starting an underground movement to encourage the best and the brightest to withdraw from the corrupt society which was leeching the value from their lives.

Eventually, most of the “strikers” made their way to a hidden valley in Colorado, colloquially referred to as “Galt’s Gulch.” Not all of the strikers did that though. John stayed in New York City and traveled extensively to recruit new members. Francisco d’Anconia traveled the world, living the life of a genius playboy, as part of a larger plan to bankrupt corrupt businesses and governments. Ragnar Danneskjöld took up piracy on the high seas as a method of liberating tax money from governments and giving it back to the legitimate owners. Hugh Akston gave up his position as a professor of philosophy to become a cook at a roadside diner.

When Is The Right Time to Go?

Many people looked into Going Galt under Barack Obama, and some did, due primarily to the Democrat’s polices of excessive taxation. However, Ayn Rand specifically listed free speech as the indicator of when it was time to Go Galt:

“So long as we have not yet reached the state of censorship of ideas, one does not have to leave a society in the way the characters did in Atlas Shrugged…. But you know what one does have to do? One has to break relationships with the culture…. [D]iscard all the ideas – the entire cultural philosophy which is dominant today.” – Ayn Rand


Donald Trump certainly has no love for the First Amendment, and has spoken many times regarding his desire to use the legal system to censor his opponents. He has spoken in favor of changing the law to forbid criticism of public officials and has threatened to revoke the broadcasting licenses of stations critical of his presidency. Is now the time to Go Galt? You’ll have to make that decision for yourself.

It is difficult even to estimate how many people have already Gone Galt. There is (thankfully) no registry where you are required to sign that you are no longer working. Moreover, many components of Going Galt involve actively avoiding scrutiny from the surveillance state. One statistic we do have is the number of Americans who officially renounce their US citizenship. The numbers consistently hit record numbers during the Obama administration — and continue to do so under Donald Trump. In 2016, 5,411 Americans renounced their US citizenship. In the first two quarters of 2017, 3,071 have done so. If that trend holds steady, we will end 2017 with 6,142 renunciations — a new record.

What Exactly Is “Going Galt”?

Clearly, “Going Galt” does not mean the same thing to all people. Going Galt is a very individual expression. Your method of Going Galt depends upon your own interests, skills, resources, and opportunities. The current state of surveillance technology makes living together in a Colorado valley unfeasible. You may decide to make your own gulch overseas or, like John, your gulch may be a hidden room in a dingy New York City apartment.

After discussion with a large number of individuals who are either in the process of Going Galt or who have already gone, I have determined that most “Going Galt” activities fall into four major categories:

  • Earn Less Taxable Income
  • Reduce Expenses and Pay Less Sales Tax
  • Civil Disobedience
  • Prepare for the Collapse

Earn Less Taxable Income

Income taxes are the governments number one tool for confiscating money from its legitimate owners. The best way to limit the power of a government is to reduce its access to cash.

These are some of the methods modern day “strikers” are using to restrict government leeching of their incomes:

  • Contribute the maximum allowable amount to your 401k plan.
  • Contribute the maximum allowable amount to an IRA.
  • Contribute the maximum allowable amount to a Health Savings Account.
  • Barter goods and services with your neighbors when possible.
  • If you have current investments, hold them long-term to avoid short-term capital gains taxes.
  • Avoid selling investments until capital gains taxes are reduced or eliminated.
  • Relocate to a state which charges lower or no income taxes.
  • Move overseas to take advantage of the expat tax deduction.
  • Change your work schedule to part-time and use the extra time to work on your own projects.

Reduce Expenses and Pay Less Sales Tax

Everything you buy is paid for with a small amount of your freedom. Reducing your expenses lets you keep more of your freedom. As a bonus, reducing your spending also helps keep money out of the hands of government.

Here are the strategies people are using to reduce their expenses and keep money in their own pockets:

  • Don’t buy anything you don’t absolutely have to buy.
  • Repair and reuse when possible instead of buying replacements.
  • Barter goods and services with your neighbors when possible.
  • Plant a garden to grow foods and spices instead of buying them.
  • Hunt large and small game for meat when possible.
  • Eat at home instead of paying a lot more to eat at restaurants.
  • Buy used goods whenever possible, to avoid sales taxes.
  • Buy over the Internet when possible, to avoid sales taxes.
  • Hold a yard sale to help your neighbors avoid buying new products.
  • Stop supporting leftist Hollywood by watching their movies – read books instead.
  • Walk or bicycle whenever possible instead of driving to avoid gasoline taxes.
  • Relocate to a state which charges lower or no sales taxes.

Prepare for the Collapse

The socialist systems under which we currently toil continue to survive only by leeching off of a dwindling number of productive citizens. This is unsustainable — eventually these systems must collapse. The decision of productive individuals to Go Galt will only serve to accelerate the inevitable. When these corrupt governments collapse, generations of humans who have no experience in providing for themselves will be left to steal, beg, or starve.

Here are a few steps you should be taking to prepare for the coming collapse:

Civil Disobedience

This is where things get serious. This isn’t just trying to escape from a corrupt society and let it collapse; many of these steps involve making active decisions and taking risks that could negatively affect your personal liberty. Nonetheless, many people feel that the hope of living in a truly free world is worth the risk.

Here are a few tips to frustrate the tyranny of bureaucratic authoritarianism:

  • Comply with government orders as slowly as possible.
  • Fill out government forms incompletely and illegibly.
  • Pay all taxes and fines at the last possible legal moment.
  • Make it difficult for the government to enforce all unconstitutional or immoral laws.
  • As a juror, exercise your right to nullify unconstitutional or immoral laws.
  • Take multiple copies of all printed government forms to increase their costs.
  • Take a job with the government, and then don’t do it.
  • Boycott government propaganda outlets such as PBS and NPR.
  • Get your money invested offshore while it is still safe and legal to do so.

The corrupt regime under which you live may not collapse in your lifetime, but these steps will help you to retrieve the maximum amount of your freedom from their clutches. In addition, following these “Going Galt” strategies should help to improve your security, lower your stress level, and build your personal self-confidence.

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Please Stop Posting These Fake Quotes

Please Stop Posting These Fake Quotes

I do not know what motivates individuals to create fake quotes. Perhaps I should be thankful that I am unable to fathom the motivations of psychopaths. I don’t know if these are well-intentioned people who simply believe that they can promote good ideas through dishonest means or if these are evilly-intentioned people who hope to make fools of the people who believe these quotations are genuine.

There are tens of thousands of fake quotes being shared regularly on the Internet. Obviously one article cannot draw attention to all of these. However, we can focus on the fake quotes which are so popular that they have been made into quote graphics and spread widely through social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

Here are a few of the fake quotes which are most common in conservative circles. I couldn’t tell you what fake quotes are common in leftist circles, because I don’t go there.


“The militia is a voluntary force not associated or under the control of the States except when called out; a permanent or long standing force would be entirely different in make-up and call.” – Alexander Hamilton

This quote is often sourced to The Federalist Papers, but does not actually appear there.


“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” – Benjamin Franklin

There is no evidence Ben Franklin either said or wrote this.


“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” – Benjamin Franklin

There is no evidence that Ben Franklin ever actually said or wrote this.

“Never trust a government that doesn’t trust its own citizens with guns.” – Ben Franklin

There is no evidence that Ben Franklin ever actually said or wrote this.


“A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” – George Washington

This quote starts with a legitimate excerpt from George Washington’s first annual address to congress and then edits his words to mean almost the opposite of his original intention. Here is the actual quotation: “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.”


“Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty teeth.” – George Washington.

There is no evidence George Washington ever said or wrote this.


“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” – George Washington

There is no evidence George Washington ever said or wrote this.


“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” – George Washington

There is no evidence George Washington ever wrote or said this. This quote appears to have been created after Washington’s death.


There is no evidence George Washington ever wrote or said this. In addition, it is not stated in the manner in which George Washington would use the English language.


“Take care not to mistake change for progress.” – Millard Fillmore.

The actual quote from Millard Fillmore is “It is not strange, however much it may be regretted, that such an exuberance of enterprise should cause some individuals to mistake change for progress and the invasion of the rights of others for national prowess and glory.” The editing completely destroys the meaning of the statement.


“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in the minds of men.” – Samuel Adams

This quote dates back only to 1990 and has also been misattributed to John Adams.


“If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.” – Thomas Jefferson

This quotation has not been found in Thomas Jefferson’s papers.


“Most bad government has grown out of too much government.” – Thomas Jefferson

This quote is from John Sharp Williams, during a speech about Thomas Jefferson.


“Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.”- Thomas Jefferson

This quotation has not been found in any of the writings of Thomas Jefferson.


“When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson

There is no evidence Thomas Jefferson said or wrote this.


The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution. – Thomas Jefferson

This quotation has not been found in the writings of Thomas Jefferson.

“No free man shall be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government”. – Thomas Jefferson

The first part of this quote is genuine, “No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms.” The rest of it is fake.



“The duty of a true patriot is to protect his country from its government.” – Thomas Paine

This is actually a slightly edited quote from Edward Abbey.


“The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes.” – Thomas Paine

There is no evidence Thomas Pain ever said or wrote this.


“One man with a gun can control 100 without one.” – Vladimir Lenin

There is no evidence Vladimir Lenin ever said or wrote this.


“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” – Voltaire

This quote is actually from Kevin Alfred Strom, a neo-Nazi and convicted pedophile.

Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations. – George Orwell

There are no reliable sources for this attribution.

“A people that elect corrupt politicians… are not victims… but accomplices.” – George Orwell

There are no reliable sources for this attribution.

“Any man who thinks he is going to be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him should take a close look at the American Indian.” Henry Ford

There are no reliable sources for this attribution.

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Putin’s Propaganda People: Puppets and Puppeteers

If one good thing has come out of Vladimir Putin’s secret war against Ukraine, it is how that war has exposed Putin’s extensive propaganda network in the West. Using classic Soviet methodology, the network consists of a large number of loosely connected cells who are unaware of each others workings and loyalties. This protects the network from being infiltrated, because an infiltrator can only destroy a single cell. Some cells are official employees of the Russian government, others are Russian government contractors, still others are disaffected Westerners who believe that Putinism is a preferable alternative to Democracy. The most dangerous cells are those where most or all the members of the cell are not even aware they are being funded by the Kremlin. An activist organization which promotes Putin’s agenda will receive money from one of Putin’s many front organizations to continue their “good work”.

Many scholars and journalists have begun mapping Putin’s extensive propaganda network, but the network is simply too large for any one person to map. In addition, the financial transactions are done without public disclosure, making it effectively impossible to determine who all is being paid by Kremlin front organizations. However, the invasion of Ukraine has raised the visibility of the network high enough that parts of it are being publicly mapped.

Due to these recent events in Ukraine, most of the analysis of the network focus on anti-Ukrainian propaganda. However, once you start looking into the network you can see that Putin’s other agenda items are also heavily promoted, such as support for the Iranian mullahs and opposition to modern agricultural science.

Here is one map of portions the network developed by Olexander Scherba:

The most comprehensive write-up so far is Pro-Russian Network Behind the Anti-Ukrainian Defamation Campaign, by Anton Shekhovtov, a scholar studying the “far-right” political movement in Europe. (Note: In the US, we might call these “far left” political movements.)

Here are a few other sources to use when attempting to map this vast network:

If you know of additional resources, please mention them in the comments. Together, we might be able to make some progress in removing the covers from this secretive organization.

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Web Sites Which Publish Fake News and Other Hoaxes

Web Sites Which Publish Fake News and Other Hoaxes

A small group of morally-challenged individuals have discovered that there is a great deal of money to be made by publishing fake news articles. These rags publish ridiculous headlines like “Monsanto is Killing Your Children”, “Ukrainians Worship the Devil”, and “Hillary Clinton’s Secret Affair with Vladimir Putin”. These inflammatory headlines are then promoted though social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. The owners of these sites make money from ads that display on their sites when people read the articles. It appears that the more inflammatory and unbelievable the headline, the better it spreads through social media. Debunking these stories can be almost impossible, as the “facts” they contain are unverifiable and therefore unfalsifiable. Although there is no evidence that Hillary Clinton is having an affair with Vladimir Putin, there is also not evidence that she is not having an affair with Vladimir Putin.

A few of these web sites may be run by truly insane people who actually believe what they publish, but if so that is a small minority. One of the proofs of this is how obviously fake the articles are. Old and heavily debunked articles from several years age are routinely updated with new dates and names and republished as new stories. Some site owners may believe that they are trying to shift public opinion by convincing the public to believe outrageous lies. Followers of this Overton Window theory believe that by making wildly unbelievable and bombastic claims, their slightly less unbelievable claims will feel more acceptable to readers. While this certainly may be true, that does not make it a morally acceptable strategy for discussing public policy. Other site owners may feel that they are simply “talking to their base” and that this relieves them of any moral duty to tell the truth. This is a reflection of the sad state of moral thinking in our society today. A few sites claim to be “humor” or “satire” sites and exist mainly to provide links which people can use to fool unsuspecting victims on social media. These sites will sometimes post a disclaimer in the site footer, but often these disclaimers will disappear and reappear over time. A small number of sites on our list are simply government-funded propaganda sites which post ridiculous claims from tyrannical governments which want to improve their public image or attack the public images of their opponents.

The sites on the list below are a mix of all of these types of sites. Strict categorization is not simple as many of these sites exist in multiple categories or switch between categories based upon whatever proves to be most profitable at the current time.

  • 21StCenturyWire.com
  • 800WhistleBlower.com
  • ActivistPost.com
  • AddictingInfo.com
  • Alternet.org
  • AlternativeMediaSyndicate.com
  • AmericanNews.com
  • AmericanNewsX.com
  • AntiWar.com
  • BeforeItsNews.com
  • BigPZone.com
  • BipartisanReport.com
  • BlueNationReview.com
  • BurrardStreetJournal.com
  • Chronicle.su
  • ConsciousLifeNews.com
  • ConspiracyWire.com
  • CopBlock.org
  • CountdownToZeroTime.com
  • CounterCurrentNews.com
  • CounterPsyOps.com
  • DailyBuzzLive.com
  • DailyKos.com
  • DailyCurrant.com
  • DCClothesLine.com
  • DeepLeftField.info
  • Disclose.tv
  • DuffelBlog.com
  • DuhProgressive.com
  • EliteReaders.com
  • EmpireNews.net
  • English.ruvr.ru
  • EUTimes.net
  • FederalistPress.com
  • ForwardProgressives.com
  • FreakoutNation.com
  • FreePatriot.org
  • FromTheTrenchesWorldReport.com
  • GeoEngineeringWatch.org
  • GlobalResearch.ca
  • GonzoGlobe.com
  • GovtSlaves.info
  • GreenvilleGazette.com
  • GroopSpeak.com
  • GuardianLV.com
  • GulagBound.com
  • HangTheBankers.com
  • HealthImpactNews.com
  • HostilePolitics.com
  • HumansAreFree.com
  • Huzlers.com
  • InfoWars.com
  • IfYouOnlyNews.com
  • IntelliHub.com
  • LewRockwell.com
  • LiberalAmerica.org
  • LibertyNews.com
  • LiveFreeLiveNatural.com
  • NationalReport.net
  • NaturalCuresNotMedicine.com
  • NaturalNews.com
  • NewCenturyTimes.com
  • Newslo.com
  • Newswire-24.com
  • NoDisinfo.com
  • NotAllowedTo.com
  • Now8News.com
  • NowTheEndBegins.com
  • OccupyDemocrats.com
  • OppositionReport.com
  • Other98.com
  • PakAlertPress.com
  • PalmerReport.com
  • PoliticalBlindSpot.com
  • PoliticusUSA.com
  • PressTV.ir
  • PrisonPlanet.com
  • RandPaulReview.com
  • RawForBeauty.com
  • RealFarmacy.com
  • RedFlagNews.com
  • ResponsibleTechnology.org
  • ReverbPress.com
  • RT.com
  • Samuel-Warde.com
  • SecretsOfTheFed.com
  • SouthWeb.org
  • TheAntiMedia.org
  • TheCommonSenseShow.com
  • TheControversialFiles.net
  • TheDailySheeple.com
  • TheEverlastingGOPStoppers.com
  • TheFreeThoughtProject.com
  • TheLastGreatStand.com
  • TheNewAmerican.com
  • TheRacketReport.com
  • TheRightPlanet.com
  • TheRunDownLive.com
  • TheUSPatriot.com
  • TopInfoPost.com
  • TruthAndAction.org
  • TruthBroadcastNetwork.com
  • TurnerRadioNetwork.com
  • UndergroundHealth.com
  • USAHitman.com
  • VeteransToday.com
  • WhyDontYouTryThis.com
  • WorldNewsDailyReport.com
  • WorldTruth.tv
  • Yabberz.com
  • YourNewsWire.com

Each of these sites may, at times, publish legitimate news articles. This is a useful technique for making the illegitimate articles harder to spot. The fact that a home burglar doesn’t rob houses three nights a week does not make him any less of a home burglar. The fact that some of these sites occasionally posts a legitimate article does not make the publication itself legitimate. Any news site will occasionally publish a poorly-researched article. To earn a spot on this list, the publication must show a clear disregard for the objective truth. We all know how terribly mainstream media outlets like ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN fail to promote legitimate news stories. The promise of alternative media is that we can do better than traditional centralized mass-media. The publishers listed above are purposefully failing to do better. They are actually doing a worse job than the mainstream media — something many of us once thought impossible.

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New Economics and Investing Blog Launched

New Economics and Investing Blog Launched

A new blog on economics and investing is being launched this week. The new web site, BankableInsight, will be focused on educating the public on economic issues that affect their lives. The site will publish economic analysis for non-economists with the intent of helping readers become more informed citizens and investors.

Unlike most similar web sites, BankableInsight will be focused on Main Street, not Wall Street. It will serve retail investors, not institutional investors. It will help non-professional investors make better decisions on how to manage their investment capital.

BankableInsight will also help readers understand the economic aspects of government policy decisions, from taxes and regulations to immigration and the federal debt.

Finally, BankableInsight will publish useful advice on saving money to help readers accumulate funds that can be used for investment.

Please visit the new blog, like them on Facebook, +1 them on Google+, and follow them on Twitter. Projects like these are incredibly difficult to get off the ground and your support will help provide motivation to the entire development team.



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A Few Words on Law for My Fellow Republicans

A Few Words on Law for My Fellow Republicans

When discussing current events with my fellow Republicans, I often find myself struggling with a common misconception – the bizarre idea that “legal and illegal” are in some way synonymous with “right and wrong”, “good and bad”, or “moral and immoral.” Republicans tend to be not just law-abiding folks, but also lovers of law and order. This love, as love often does, leads to poor thinking.

When I attempt to explain that what is legal may not be moral and what is moral may not be legal, I often find that my fellow Republicans close their minds not only to the idea — but to everything else I say and to me as a person. I find myself classified as a “law breaker” and equated with Charles Manson and Osama bin Laden. It is, to say the least, not conducive to a productive discussion.

As a result of this happening more than a few times, I am preparing this post of a few words from several of my fellow scofflaws. I may be an incorrigible miscreant, but it appears that I am in fine company:

“Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“An unjust law is no law at all.” — Saint Augustine, On Free Choice Of The Will

“When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.” — Frederick Bastiat

“Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Sometimes the law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim — when he defends himself — as a criminal.” — Frederic Bastiat, The Law

“It is not, what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice, tells me I ought to do.” — Edmund Burke

“Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.” — Edmund Burke

“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’, because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Every actual state is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.” — Thomas Brackett Reed, 1886

“Men do not make laws. They do but discover them. Laws must be justified by something more than the will of the majority. They must rest on the eternal foundation of righteousness.” — Calvin Coolidge

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” — Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (1957)

“We can never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.”” — Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail (16 April, 1963)

“Just as it is the duty of all men to obey just laws, so it is the duty of all men to disobey unjust laws.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

“All that is good is not embodied in the law; and all that is evil is not proscribed by the law. A well-disciplined society needs few laws; but it needs strong mores.” — William F. Buckley

“The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law, is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of it’s enactment, and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law, and no courts are bound to enforce it.” — 16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177 late 2d, Sec 256

All quotations sourced from Famous Quote – Quotes on Law.

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