"John Galt Effect" by Arthur Robinson

Ellen Stuttle's picture
Submitted by Ellen Stuttle on Tue, 2009-02-03 04:49

Something I've been thinking about a lot lately is a to-be-hoped-for effect of the AGWA episode: that of the scientific community coming to understand the perniciousness for the honor of their profession of government funding.

Here is a link to an article published today in "Human Events" by a scientist who has understood.

The article is titled "John Galt Effect." It's by Arthur Robinson, the molecular biologist who spearheaded the OISM Petition Project.

("OISM" is an acronym for Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine. The petition now has more than 32,000 signatories.)

I'm not sure if the timing of the article -- its being posted on Ayn Rand's birthday -- was deliberate or a happy coincidence.


John Galt Effect
by Dr. Arthur Robinson

A hidden effect of the November 4 elections and the national events that preceded them during this past year is perhaps best called the “John Galt Effect” in honor of Ayn Rand's famous character in Atlas Shrugged. It is occurring to a very significant extent.

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atlascott's picture

Thanks for posting this, Ellen. It was an interesting read.

Scientists are not immune from the allure of unearned personal power that can be offered by government money, government organizations. Human, after all.

It would be great if scientists awoke to certain political and philosophical realities, but as the support for Climate Change/Global Warming suggests, scientists are not above toeing the line for personal financial security and career advancement. THey may never come to understand what it costs them.

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Away with Galts!

Leonid's picture

"Of one thing we can be certain. When the essentials of our civilization begin to seriously falter and this causes real harm, those who would be our masters and their fellow travelers in the media, academia, business, and politics will cast blame upon some of these men of the mind -- and drag them before us for punishment."

I wouldn't be too sure about that. Our "masters", especially those from academia and politics resent even the current level of civilization. They advocate restrain of human "greed" which causes "reckless" exploitation of natural resorts, global warming and others scares. Their purpose is to hinder the advance of human mind and prosperity or, better, to stop it altogether. They would be only too happy if Galts will disappear.

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