"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." -
Monkton Toohey's missive:
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 guns.
That's why the
fools and did not last.
The soul, Peter, is that which can't
It must be broken.
Drive a wedge in, get your
fingers on it - and the man is yours.
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
Make man feel small.
Make man feel
Kill his aspiration
and his integrity.
That's difficult as the worst among you
gropes for an ideal in his own twisted way.
Use him against
Direct him toward a goal destructive of
man that he must live for
Tell men that altruism is the ideal.
Not a single one of them
has ever achieved it and not a single one ever will.
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
gives up its self-respect.
You've 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 ruled.
We don't want any great men.
Don't deny the conception of
Destroy it from within.
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.
Kill them with laughter.
Laughter is an instrument of
to use laughter as a weapon of destruction.
Turn it into a
sneer. It's simple. Tell them to laugh at
Tell them that a sense of
humor is a limitless virtue.
Don't let anything remain sacred in a
man's soul - and his soul won't to be sacred to him.
reverence and you've killed the
hero in man.
One doesn't giggle in
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
Bring 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: sacrifice, renunciation,
been able to catch their theme song - 'Give up,
Look at the social mores of today.
enjoyable, from cigarettes
to sex to ambition to the profit motive, is considered depraved or sinful.
Just prove that a thing makes men
happy - and you've damned it.
That's how far we've come.
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 dance -
don't go to the movies on
Sunday - don't smoke - don't drink. It's all the same line. The great line.
Fools think that
taboos of this nature are just
nonsense. Some thing left over, old fashioned. But there's always a purpose in
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 category of
happiness by giving up everything
that makes them happy. You don't
have to be too clear about it.
'Universal 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
sacrifice - run.
Run faster than from a plague!
It stands to
reason that where there's
collecting sacrificial offerings.
there's someone being served.
The man who speaks to
you of sacrifice,
speaks of slaves and
And intends to be
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
So the 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 astonishing success.
Just say that reason is limited.
That there's something above it.
You 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 him.
You tell him that there's something above sense.
That here he must not try to think, he must feel.
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
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.
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.
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
An Earth with its head cut off and a single
heart, pumped by hand.
My 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 fury when
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,
god and prophet and
populi. The average, the common, the general.
know the proper antonym for Ego?
Bromide, Peter. The rule of the
But even the trite has to be originated by someone at some
time. We will do the originating.
Vox dei. We will
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
Can you see Howard Roark in the picture? No? Then don't
waste time on
Everything that can't be ruled, must go.
And if 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
Man's first frown is the first touch of God on his
forehead. The touch of thought.
But we will have neither God
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
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.
Peter, my 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
I 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 private purpose. I want power. I want my Earth of the
"Let all live for all.
sacrifice and very few
Let all suffer and none
Let all stagnate.
All subjugated to the will of all.
slavery - without even the dignity
of a master.
Slavery to slavery.
great circle - and a total
The Earth of the future."
Note: Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum, an anti-Zionist Jew,
was vehemently anti-communist.
Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum believed in
Toohey is a 'communist' but the truth is unresticted
capitalism can work to the
same ends as communism in taking the
power away from the people and placing it in a
communism the ruling class is
the government bureaucrats - Dictatorship of the Proletariat.
America the ruling class is oligrachs, a Dictatorship of the
government takes the form of:
locally - socially democratic republics
based on personal liberty
globally - voluntary coalitions, federations,
energy corporations holding life
Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum was 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
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
capitalism; and that the role of art in human life is to transform man's
widest metaphysical ideas, by selective reproduction of reality, into a
physical form - a work of art - that he can comprehend and to which he can
Note: We now exist in a corporatist world. "Pure"
requires an equal playing field,
a pipe dream in
reality, because it can not exist where
corporations and massive government
Mostly overlooked in the
definition of objectivism is the implied reality that
if you cooperate with your neighbor your neighbor
will cooperate with you, also known as the exercise of the "Golden Rule."(This makes perfect sense: if you
treat others fairly with respect they are inclined to treat you fairly with
respect - ie. in accord with their own
self-interest. If they do not you will quit doing business with them -
unless of course they happen to be a corporate
controlling scarce resources or a centralized
state overlord and then you have no
choice but to capitulate as
the only truly free man is a hermit living off the
land residing in a
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