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I have read ‘Atlas Shrugged’ several times, and of all the hundreds of memorable quotes that can be found within it, this quote is, for me, the essence of the power the book contains…and the essence of America as well: “He was guilty of nothing, except that he earned his own fortune and never forgot that it was his.

The concept contained within that phrase is what has set America apart, and made her the greatest nation on Earth. And it is the systematic attack on that concept, that this website is dedicated to fighting. This website is NOT devoted to making people “wealthy”, but rather to fighting the notion that the “wealth” they DO have needs to be “redistributed”.

“Wealth” is a relative term. Many in other countries would consider all but our very poorest citizens to be “wealthier” than they are. Indeed, within this country it is currently fashionable to attach the adjective “wealthy” to anyone the “redistributors” wish to demean. Certainly there are those whom all would consider to be wealthy, just as there as those whom all would consider to be poor. But between those two extremes the definition lends itself to considerable debate…and now considerable danger to our way of life.

In this country, up until this time, we remained free to work hard, for ourselves and our families, with the knowledge that we could achieve whatever level of “wealth” we desired…and keep most of what we earned. Now an arbitrary line is being drawn defining “wealthy”, and if we find ourselves BELOW that line then our clear incentive is to stay below it…lest our “wealth” be “redistributed”. And if we find ourselves ABOVE that line, then we are deemed wicked if we seek to have any say at all in how and to whom our “wealth” is be redistributed.

Remember, the line being drawn is arbitrary…and it WILL move…downward! Downward of necessity, because those below the line have been told it is their RIGHT to have, unearned, a share of what those above the line have. Just as with an over-consumed water-table, so the “well” that the “wealthy” represent will have to be drilled deeper and deeper. It took seventy years for the Soviets to drain theirs.

Mind you, the various levels of government perform many worthwhile services…and they have a cost. Taxes are collected to cover these costs, and in many cases they are “progressive”, i.e. those making more pay more. This would be the case, by the way, even if the tax code was NOT “progressive”, simply because taxing a larger sum of money naturally produces more tax revenue than a smaller one. Still, as long as the taxes are going to pay for necessary services (Defense, infrastructure, etc) then the tax burden is one that can generally be justified and borne.

Enter the concept, at the core of Marxism but thus far alien to American shores, of “redistribution of wealth”. In 1875 Karl Marx coined the phrase “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”. As an American, if that phrase does not stick in your throat then you are on the wrong website, and certainly in the wrong country! That phrase doomed generations of mankind to toil away with no hope of success, since success implies the accumulation of “wealth”…even if that “wealth” is just a nicer dinner for your family, or new clothes for your child. When the State assumes the right to determine whose “needs” are greater, your desire to succeed is not factored into the equation.

When the framers of the Declaration of Independence listed some of our rights (later codified in the Constitution) they added: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”.

I do NOT consent to have what I have earned, and saved and protected throughout my life taken away and “redistributed” to those that some faceless bureaucracy considers more “needy”. That is NOT “progressive taxation”, but rather “involuntary servitude”, a notion we rightly disavowed ourselves of with the Thirteenth Amendment: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude…shall exist within the United States .”

Abraham Lincoln fought to abolish slavery and involuntary servitude, but also saw “class envy” and “class warfare” as cancers that had no place in a free and prosperous America:

“Property is the fruit of labor…property is desirable…is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.”
(March 21, 1864)

This website will be devoted to the sharing of ideas and action plans to fight the involuntary servitude being foisted upon us, much as John Galt fought it in ‘Atlas Shrugged’. America doesn’t need a single “John Galt”…it needs thousands upon thousands. America needs you and me and everyone we can rally with us to Be John Galt.

 

 

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