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Galt’s Gulch

Posted by Charles II on October 12, 2013

Too weird. The Jeff Berwick of The Dollar Vigilante (via Modemocrat, in a thread appropriately entitled Idiots”):

After months of hard work by the entire staff at Galt’s Gulch Chile (GGC) I am extremely pleased to announce to the world that Ayn Rand’s vision in her iconic book, Atlas Shrugged, has become a reality. It is unfortunate that the world has transformed much into what Rand had envisioned and the need for a place like Galt’s Gulch has become so urgent. But, since that is today’s reality we are very happy to offer the respite from the Western world of oppressive governments to freedom-minded people in which they can build a new, more prosperous community.

The runners up were Mexico and Thailand, famous for the freedom supplied when one’s government is run by narcotraffickers or military dictators respectively. It’s just amazing that mature democracies, where people can actually vote, haven’t discovered the advantages of forming a government based on retreating into survivalist communes.


4 Responses to “Galt’s Gulch”

  1. This is what you get when you marinate and inflame the bigotries of your base and trash the nation’s foundations just so you can get tax cuts for your business buddies.

    • Charles II said

      What’s really funny is that the guy set up his libertarian paradise in Chile… which is poised to elect Michelle Bachelet (though possibly after a run-off), and Bachelet seems likely to form her coalition toward the left.

      The reason for all this socialism? The previous neoliberal president. The big question for the Dollar Vigilante is whether Bachelet can keep all the discontent in check long enough to get things going again or whether there’s going to be a for-real revolution that ends up in something like chavismo, i.e. a strongman on the left governing partly by traditional democratic means, partly by enhanced executive powers.

      • Another amusing thing is that groups like this never turn into the grand meritocracies of Randian myth. The rentier instinct, amplified by its being reinforced by the deliberately cultivated self-interest of the group’s members, kicks in and instead of working together on bigger and better things, they devolve into a flurry of backstabbing that is almost invariably directed at those members of the group who actually possess talents, skills, or gumption. When the people who are actually competent at anything are gone, the group, its last connections to reality severed, increases its enacting of extended adolescence even as its actual ability to create change withers.

      • Charles II said

        In other words, the left is what makes countries work.

        The right is what provides drama.

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