"Who is John Galt?"
"The noblest act you have ever performed is the
act of your mind in the
process of grasping that two and two make four." -
Ellsworth Monkton Toohey's missive on
how to conquer the
"It's only a matter of discovering the lever.
If you learn how to rule one
single man's soul, you can get the rest of mankind.
It's the soul, Peter,
the soul. Not whips or swords or fire or
That's why the Caesars, the
fools and did not last.
The soul, Peter, is
that which can't be ruled.
It must be
Drive a wedge in, get your fingers on it - and the man is
You won't need a whip -
he'll bring it to you and ask to be whipped.
Set him in reverse - and his
own mechanism will do your work for you.
Use him against himself.
Want to know how it's done?
See if I ever lied to you. See if
you haven't heard all this for
years, but didn't want to hear, and
the fault is yours, not mine. There
are many ways. Here's one.
Make man feel small.
Make him feel
Kill his aspiration
and his integrity.
difficult. The worst among you gropes for an ideal in his own twisted
Kill integrity by
Use him against himself.
Direct him toward a
goal destructive of all
selflessness. Tell man that
he must live for others.
men that altruism is the ideal.
Not a single one of them has ever achieved it and not a single one ever will.
His every living instinct
screams against it. But don't you see what you accomplish? man
realizes that he's incapable of
what he's accepted as the noblest virtue - and it gives him a sense of
guilt, of sin, of his own basic
Since the supreme ideal is beyond his grasp, he gives up
eventually all ideals, all aspiration,
all sense of his personal value. He feels himself obliged to preach what he
can't practice. But one can't be good halfway or
honest approximately. To
preserve one's integrity is a hard battle.
Why preserve that which one desire to be corrupt already?
His soul gives up its
got him. He'll obey.
He'll be glad to obey - because he can't
trust himself, he feels uncertain, he
feels unclean. That's one way.
Here's another. Kill man's sense of
Kill his capacity to
recognize greatness or to achieve it.
Great men can't be
We don't want any great men.
Don't deny the conception of greatness.
Destroy it from
The great is
the rare, the difficult, the exceptional. Set up standards of achievement open
to all, to the least, to the most inept - and you stop the impetus to effort in
all men, great or small.
You stop all incentive to improvement, to
excellence, to perfection.
Laugh at Roark and hold Peter Keating as a
Build up Lois Cook
and you've destroyed literature.
Hail Ike and you've destroyed the theater.
Clokey and you've destroyed the press.
Don't set out to raze all
shrines - you'll frighten men.
Enshrine mediocrity - and the
shrines are razed.
there's another way.
Kill by laughter.
Laughter is an
instrument of human joy.
Learn to use it as a
Turn it into
a sneer. It's simple. Tell them to laugh at
Tell them that a sense of
humor is a
let anything remain sacred in a man's soul -
and his soul won't to be sacred to him.
Kill reverence and you've killed the
hero in man.
reverence with a giggle. He'll
obey and he'll set no limits to his
obedience - anything
goes - nothing is too serious.
Here's another way. This is most
Don't allow men to be
is self-contained and
Happy men have no time and no use for
Happy men are free
So kill their joy in living.
Take away from them whatever
is dear or important to them.
Never let them have what they truly want.
Make them feel that the mere fact
of a personal desire is evil.
them to a state where saying 'I want' is no longer a
right, but a shameful
Altruism is of great help in this. Unhappy men will come to
you. They'll need you. They'll come for consolation, for support, for escape.
Nature allows no vacuum.
Empty man's soul - and the space is yours to fill.
I don't see
why you should look so shocked, Peter. This is the oldest one of all. Look back
at history. Look at any great system of ethics, from the
Didn't they all preach the
sacrifice of personal joy?
Under all the complications of verbiage,
haven't they all had a single leitmotif:
been able to catch their theme song - 'Give up,
the social mores of today.
thing enjoyable, from cigarettes to
sex to ambition to the
profit motive, is considered
Just prove that a thing
makes men happy - and you've
That's how far
we have got mankind by the throat.
Throw your first-born into a
sacrificial furnace - lie on a
bed of nails - go into the desert to
mortify the flesh - don't
don't go to the movies on
Sunday - don't smoke - don't drink. It's all the same line. The great line.
think that taboos of this nature
are just nonsense. Some thing left over,
old fashioned. But there's always a
nonsense. Don't bother to examine a
folly - ask yourself only what it accomplishes.
Every system of ethics that preached
sacrifice grew into a
world power and
ruled millions of men.
Of course, you
must dress it up.
You must tell people that they'll achieve a superior
happiness by giving up everything
that makes them happy. You don't
have to be too clear about it.
Harmony' - 'Eternal Spirit' - 'Divine
Purpose' - 'Nirvana' - 'Paradise' - 'Racial Supremacy' - 'The
Dictatorship of the Proletariat.'
That's the oldest one of all. The farce has been going on for
centuries and men still fall for it.
Yet the test should be so simple:
just listen to any prophet and
if you hear him
sacrifice - run.
Run faster than from a plague!
It stands to reason that where there's
collecting sacrificial offerings.
Where there's service,
someone being served.
The man who
speaks to you of
speaks of slaves and
intends to be the master.
If ever you
hear a man
telling you that you
must be happy,
that it's your
your first duty is to
- that will be the man who's not after your soul.
That will be
the man who has nothing to gain from you.
But let him come and you'll scream your empty heads off, howling
that he's a selfish
racket is safe for many, many
centuries. But here you might have noticed something.
I said, 'It
stands to reason.' Do you see? men have a
weapon against you. Reason.
must be very sure to take it away from them. Cut the props from under it. But
Don't deny outright. Never deny anything outright, you give
your hand away.
Don't say reason is evil - though some have gone that far and with
that reason is limited.
That there's something above it.
don't have to be too clear about it either.
The field's inexhaustible.
'Instinct' - 'Feeling' - 'Revelation' - 'Divine
Intuition' - 'Dialectic Materialism.'
If you get caught at some crucial point and somebody tells you that your
doctrine doesn't make sense - you're ready for
You tell him that there's something above
That here he must not try to
think, he must feel.
He must believe.
Suspend reason and you
play it deuces wild.
Anything goes in any manner you wish
whenever you need it. You've got him.
Can you rule a thinking man?
We don't want any thinking
Keating had sat down on the floor, by the side of the dresser; he
had felt tired and he had simply folded his legs. He did not want to abandon
the dresser; he felt safer, leaning against it; as if it still guarded the
letter he had surrendered.
"Peter, you've heard all this. You've seen
me practicing it for ten years. You see it being practiced all over the Earth.
Why are you disgusted?
You have no
right to sit there and
stare at me with the virtuous superiority
of being shocked. You're in on it.
You've taken your share and you've
got to go along. You're afraid to see where it's leading.
I am not. I
will tell you.
The Earth of the future. The Earth I want.
A world of obedience and of unity.
A Earth where the thought of each man will not be his own, but an
attempt to guess the thought of the mind of his neighbor who'll have no thought
of his own but an attempt to guess the thought of the next neighbor who'll have
no thought - and so on, Peter, around the Earth.
Since all must agree
with all. A Earth where no man will hold a desire for himself, but will direct
all his efforts to satisfy the desires of his neighbor who'll have no desire
except to satisfy the desires of the next neighbor who'll have no desires -
around the Earth, Peter.
Since all must serve all.
A Earth in
which man will not work for so innocent an incentive as money, but for that
headless monster - prestige. The
approval of his fellows - their good opinion - the opinion of men who'll be
allowed to hold no opinion. An octopus,
all tentacles and no brain.
Judgment, Peter! Not
judgement, but public polls. An average
drawn upon zeroes - since no individuality will be permitted.
with its head cut off and a single heart, pumped by hand.
hand - and the hands of a few, a
very few other men like me.
Those who know what makes you tick - you
great, wonderful average, you who have not risen in
we called you the average, the
little, the common, you who've liked and accepted those names. You'll sit
enthroned and enshrined, you, the little people, the absolute
ruler to make all past
rulers squirm with
envy, the absolute, the
Vox populi. The
average, the common, the general.
Do you know the
proper antonym for Ego?
Bromide, Peter. The rule of the bromide.
But even the trite has
to be originated by someone at some time. We will do the originating.
Vox dei. We
submission - from men
who've learned nothing except to
call it 'to
serve.' We will give out medals
for service. You'll fall over one another in a scramble to see who can
and more. There will be no other distinction to
seek. No other
form of personal achievement.
Can you see Howard Roark in the picture? No? Then don't
waste time on
can't be ruled, must go.
freaks persist in being born occasionally, they will not
survive beyond their fourteenth year.
When their brain begins to function, it will feel the pressure and it
The pressure gauged to a vacuum. Do you know the fate of
deep-sea creatures brought out to sunlight?
So much for future Roarks. The rest of you will smile and obey.
Have you noticed that the imbecile always smiles?
frown is the first touch of God on his forehead. The
touch of thought.
we will have neither God nor thought.
Only voting by smiles.
Automatic levers - all saying vote for
the lesser of two evils ...
Now if you were a little more intelligent -
like your ex-wife, for instance - you'd ask:
us, the rulers? What of me, Ellsworth Monkton Toohey?
And I would say, Yes, you're right. I will achieve no more than you
will. I will have no purpose
save to keep you
contented. To lie, to flatter you, to
praise you, to inflate your vanity.
To make speeches about the common good.
poor old friend, I am the most
selfless man you've ever
known. I have less independence than you, whom I just forced to sell your
soul. You've used people at
least for the sake of what you could get from them for yourself.
want nothing for myself. I use people for the sake of what I can do to them.
It's my only function and satisfaction. I have no
purpose. I want power. I
want my Earth of the future.
"Let all live for all.
sacrifice and very few
Let all suffer and none enjoy.
Let progress stop.
Let all stagnate.
All subjugated to the will of all.
- without even the dignity of a
Slavery to slavery.
great circle - and a total
of the future."
Note: Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum, an anti-Zionist Jew,
was vehemently anti-communist.
Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum believed in
Toohey is basically a communist but the truth is unresticted
capitalism can as work to the
same ends as communism in taking the
power away from the people and placing it in a
In communism the ruling
class is the government bureaucrats - Dictatorship of the Proletariat.
In America the ruling class is
oligrachs, a Dictatorship of the
Ideal government takes
the form of:
locally - socially democratic republics based on personal
globally - voluntary coalitions, federations,
energy corporations holding life
Rosenbaum was also a pacifist. Ayn Rand did not believe freedom or
democracy could be created when the subject
(victim) was forced to look up a
gun barrel (missile barrage/bombing campaign).
objectivism Objectivism holds: that reality exists independent of
consciousness; that individual
persons are in contact with this reality through
sensory perception; that human beings can
gain objective knowledge from perception through the process of concept
formation and inductive and deductive logic; that the proper
moral purpose of one's life is the
pursuit of one's own happiness or
self-interest; that the only social system consistent with this morality is
full respect for individual rights, embodied in pure laissez-faire capitalism;
and that the role of art in
human life is to
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reality, into a physical form - a work of art - that he can comprehend and to
which he can respond emotionally.
Note: We now exist in a corporatist
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dream in reality, because it can not exist where behemoth corporations and
massive government entities
Mostly overlooked in the definition of
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known as the exercise of the "Golden Rule."(This
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state overlord and then you have no choice but to capitulate as the only
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