This is John Galt Speaking – Episode 7

This is Episode 7 of the This is John Galt Speaking video series:


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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7 thoughts on “This is John Galt Speaking – Episode 7

  1. Interesting speech, character and author, IzaakMak. I had heard of this novel before, but never read anything from it. A quick glance taught me that it’s quite controversial. I happen to agree with the following statement: “society would collapse without the profit motive and the efforts of the rational and productive”. But it would also collapse without the some welfare state & interest groups induced solidarity. So, as in all matters, I’m won over by some kind of compromise, a balance between all kinds of visions and motives. Nothing wrong with portraying a clear cut opinion though.


  2. Well, I tried again, but to no avail. Rand is just too over my head and I am exhausted. I’ve tried over the years to “get it” … but, I don’t so I let it go. But thanks for the clip(s).


  3. I admit it, I’m a hopeless idealist! I’m also obsessed with the idea of unambiguous communication. Ayn Rand said that the purpose of her writing was to present her vision of what ideal people would be like. The clear and unambiguous communication of that ideal, by necessity, required a very lengthy discourse using an almost super-human of level of linguistic precision – one that I can hardly dream of matching. I attempted to express the root of this ideal when I said, in my Opening Rant post:

    “Another profound impact on my development happened in elementary school, when I was first introduced to the honor rule. I can clearly remember the chill that went down my spine when my adolescent mind grasped the significance of being on my own and responsible for myself. It was both scary and exhilarating at once and, in my own childish way, I knew that this was one of the most important lessons I would ever learn. It meant that I had to think for myself and take responsibility for my own actions. I had to take charge of my own mind so that I could be sure to do the right thing.

    No system of cooperative human effort can succeed with out the honorable and voluntary participation of it’s component citizens. Unfortunately, every such system that Man has tried has also attempted to draw a compromise between these two fundamental components – primarily in the name of political expediency. The inevitable results has always been a citizenry that felt forced to choose between the system and their own best interests. Capitalism is the only system ever devised that did not require such compromises on the part of it’s participants.

    The fact is that true, Laissez Faire, Capitalism has never been tried in this world. Even in the United States, which has always claimed to be a Capitalist system, what has actually been practiced has been only a less compromised version – but compromised nonetheless. And it’s those compromises that are now coming home to roost! 😐


    • Thanks my friend. I just had to add that video to my Ayn Rand playlist on YouTube! It turns out that ReasonTV is already one of the channels I subscribe to, but I just don’t have the time to keep up with the mountains of things I’ve subscribed to. 😐

      I love the fact that it’s going to be in multiple parts. It’s the only way that there’s even a chance that the full substance of the story can be told. I also love the fact that John Galt’s face won’t be revealed in this first part. The suspense, I think, is as important to the story’s impact as anything else.

      That post also had a nice “Related Link” to Atlas Shrugged Begins Filming: The Story Behind the Film of Ayn Rand’s Famous Novel which was just chock full of background info. Hell, between the two. I could almost do my own post! 😀

      Personally, I’m not sure about Taylor Schilling as Dagny Taggart, since I always pictured her as a brunette. On the other hand, Grant Bowler does pretty much match my mental image of Henry Rearden. Of course, make-up can do wonders these days and it’s their acting skills that will make the real difference in the end. 😕


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