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March 18, 2009

Stephen Colbert Goes Galt

by Doug Mataconis

Last week, Stephen Colbert put his spin on the whole “Going Galt” meme:

Even though I like Rand’s ideas alot, I think Colbert hits the nail on the head. In the end, I think that a lot of this “going galt” stuff is just talk that will amount to nothing.

UPDATE (Brad Warbiany): Fixed formatting issue with video. Again, apologies to Comedy Central for stripping the top & bottom bars. One of these days I’ll figure out why your embeds are breaking our theme, but until then, I hope readers will click over directly.

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  • tfr

    Hey guys, the video link in this is really messing up the front page. At least from here.

  • freewheeler

    Of course it will amount to nothing. But he certainly doesn’t ‘hit it on the head’. I am no Objectivist, but again, the liberals think you can only help people through compulsion. And, again, the free market is being blamed for the effects of massive government intervention.

  • http://www.no-treason.com Joshua Holmes

    “Going Galt” is the right-wing version of “moving to Canada”. Complete and total bullshit.

  • http://www.simplifylunch.com Jeff Molby

    I am no Objectivist, but again, the liberals think you can only help people through compulsion. And, again, the free market is being blamed for the effects of massive government intervention.

    Indeed. I don’t think Colbert came within striking distance of the nail, nevermind hit it on the head.

  • Merf

    Colbert is a comedian, and a good one, too. And this was a very entertaining and effective sketch. It was a sketch, not a speech, and it was supposed to make us laugh, which I did, so it was effective.

    As for his message, well, he’s wrong. The auto industry is is not run by the John Galts of this world, but by the Orren Boyles and James Taggarts of the world.

    The mortgage companies were run by the Wesley Mouches and Eugene Lawsons — as is AIG.

    If you read the book, you know that there were a lot of gov’t bailout plans — they bailed out the losers at the expense of the winners, and destroyed the winners . . . . and the weak companies never did recover, they just took longer to die.

  • Jonathan

    By the way, the layout fails with comedy central embeds because the left column of this site is floated left, and the styles associated with the embed code cause it to always drop beneath the left column (clear:left). Short of redesigning the website (or the embed code), the only thing to do is strip out the extra markup.

  • Patri Friedman

    Depends what you mean by going galt. Of course having people go on strike will not stop government stupidity. Only a moron would think that.

    On the other hand, giving up on this society and creating a new one, based on an understanding of why current governments tend to get bloated, and some mechanisms for addressing it…seems quite reasonable to me.

    Of course, that’s what I work on for a living, so perhaps I’m biased :).

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