This is John Galt Speaking – Episode 6

This is Episode 6 of the This is John Galt Speaking video series:

“Evasion” & “Character Creation”

Please Note: Although these videos contain precisely the kind of background effects that I would have used had I the ability to produce them myself, the background effects are not the reason I’ve chosen to post them on my blog. These videos are here only because they contain a spoken version of the speech given by Ayn Rand’s character John Galt in Atlas Shrugged.

For information about the creator of these videos,
go to GaltSpeaking’s Channel on YouTube.

This post is just one of many posts from the In Her Own Words volume of this blog.

I want ice water.

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14 thoughts on “This is John Galt Speaking – Episode 6

  1. I read Ayn many moons ago. She does have a mind that boggles one’s own. Her failing, and I think it’s just the way she looked at things, was to ignore human failures and greed, all of which were lacking in her novels. Hence, her utopias, in real life, would be anything but.

    But, damn, I love that speech.


    • Ah my friend, I’ve spent nearly my entire life trying to explain why I disagree with your assessment. Suffice it to say that I think of human perfection as more of a road rather than a destination, and that people are far to quick to use its “impossibility” as an excuse to not even try. 😐

      I’m glad you liked the speech. It’s just one of 14 (so far), which is roughly two thirds of the expected end count. Galt’s speech was rather long and, as you can see, I’m running a bit behind the author of the videos. πŸ™‚


      • I don’t have a problem with people and a search for perfection. What I do have a problem with is people basing their decisions on a belief that perfection is possible: it’s not. When you calculate the fact humans are, well, human, the equation changes.

        Consider the fact we have to have laws and regulations because we are human. Ayn’s business world and reality can’t match. The financial meltdown pretty much proved that. Or consider derivatives: the underlying math behind them is good, but what wasn’t programmed into the formula was the human factor. And that is what made them WMD.

        I think when decisions are made concerning any business, the human factor has to be inserted and seriously discussed, or it’s not going to work. For a personal goal, the road to perfection is an outstanding one to travel on, but when it’s crowded, someone along the way is going to try and sell you snake oil. And when that happens, the road is tainted.

        I do look forward to listening to more speeches, though.


        • Ah my friend, I’m not quite as “blinded by the light” as you might think. I’ve spent a bit of time contemplating the “human factor” and have gained some insights into how such “taint” comes about: The Real Reagan Legacy. πŸ˜•

          BTW, have you checked out the previous 5 episodes I’ve posted for the In Her Own Words volume? I’ve been deliberately taking my time in posting them, for fear of sending my readers running away in fear. πŸ˜† But I do need to step up the pace a bit. I’ll probably do a couple more this week. πŸ˜€


          • I think it’s more “blinded by reality” than any light. At least on my part. A free market capitalism, unhindered by government rules and regs, will not work. Human frailty precludes that from happening.

            The the dissolution of regulations, that were set in place after the crash by congress, by the Clinton administration and congress, pretty much proves that: the financial industry went money-mad with no though of the damage it could, and did, cause.

            Are you familiar with Brooksley Born? She was chairperson of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). She predicted the OTC derivatives would cause serious financial problems if not regulated. She was basically laughed out of Washington by the old boys network, and had the power to regulate the derivatives, which she had, taken away.

            And how correct she was:

            In that regard, Ayn was way off base: human greed will upset the balance that the search for perfection attempts to define. I’m afraid history is on my side on this one. And I love a good discussion πŸ™‚

            I’m pretty new to your site, so I’ll have to look back at your posts and read them.


            • I’m so glad you intend to read more of my stuff. Rest assured that I intend to do likewise with yours. I really don’t think that we’re as far apart on this issue as it might seem, and I think my post on the Reagan legacy will make that more clear. Thanks again my friend. πŸ˜€


  2. Seems like I’m running into Ayn Rand references everywhere these days and I’m starting to wonder why. I read “The Fountainhead” back in college and don’t remember anything about it. After watching this video, I think I’d find “Atlas Shrugged” engrossing but a very long, slow slog; my attention span has shrunk to about two nanoseconds.

    Reason, purpose, and self-esteem. Hmm. Well, I’ve got one of three … I think.


    • The way Rand’s name and works are being tossed around these days, and the fact that so much of it is of the self-aggrandizing variety that I think does real injustice to what she actually said, is the reason why I decided to create the In Her Own Words volume of this blog. If you’re interested to read more about her, and my thoughts on how her words are being misused, you might like my Ayn Rand post – the first for that volume. πŸ˜€


    • Oh don’t I wish! I have owned most of the paperbacks at one time or another, only to lend them out and never see them again, but I’ve never been able to afford the hardback editions. *sigh*


  3. Thanks for that, Mak !! I agree that many people are using Rand by default … to get on the bandwagon. It’s sad at times … especially when you realize that so much could be done !


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