The John Galt Pledge Initiative

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Submitted by cjsmall on Wed, 2009-09-09 20:25

I have created a new web site that explores the ramifications to the country and its citizens resulting from the renewed calls for voluntary and mandatory National Service. I think the site is rather self-explanatory. Take a look and let me know (by email) your thoughts. Since this relates to US politics, it will probably be of more interest to US citizens.
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C. Jeffery Small


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Book Review

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I just published a review of the book Old Nick's Guide to Happiness, written by Nicholas Dykes. This is a book that I believe any Objectivist, or person who enjoyed Atlas Shrugged, will find entertaining and informative. You can read the full review here.

Gvoernment Protection of Bad Doctors

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From the list of "Commonsense" Republican-approved Healthcare Reform

"Implement comprehensive medical liability reform that will reduce costly, unnecessary defensive medicine practiced by doctors trying to protect themselves from overzealous trial lawyers. "

"Defense medicine" - no such thing. If they are referring to doing a lot of diagnositc testing is there is a chance it is going to find problem, by all means, DO the diagnostic testing. That's how I want every doctor who treats me to behave. I DON'T want my doctor fretting over my health insurance company's wallet, nor the government's medical budget. I want him or her focused on ME. Besides, studies show that diagnostic testing saves lives and reduces the cost of many conditions by catching them early.

This is an old yarn dragged out by the insurance and medical lobby. Insurance companies doo not want to do what they are paid to do -- live up to their end of an insurance contract. And doctors would prefer to behave how ever they want and turn the operating room into a consequence-free environment.

If anyone causes you harm or damage, you MUST be allowed a fair and free opportunity to have you damages addressed. That especially includes doctors, in whom we place SO MUCH trust, to whom we go when we are at our weakest, and to whom we entrust with our very lives, many times when we ourselves are unconcious and our friends adn family members are not allowed into the operating room.

Freedom isn't free. Being a free man means you are responsible for your actions. Caps and other impediments are nothing more than insurers and doctors wanting to reap the rewards of a free market system (sort of), but not being held accountable for their actions.

Obama Continues to Organize his Youth Army!

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Important!

I would like to direct everyone to my most recent article, because it discusses some recent news that everyone should be aware of. Barack Obama's outfit, "Organizing for America", is using the government schools as a recruiting center in an effort to put together an army of youths to be trained to go out and push Obama's agenda for health care, energy and education reform.

Pam Geller broke this story Saturday, on her website Atlas Shrugs, and I have provided an overview of the most important information along with an analysis of the meaning and implications. Please read this and then take appropriate countermeasures, including spreading the story as widely as possible. It is important that we generate a loud public outcry against this abomination.

Obama Continues to Organize his Youth Army!

You Can't Handle The Truth

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Listen to Robert Reich finally tell the truth about health care reform!

You Can't Handle The Truth!

Community Service's Split Personality

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Many new articles on my blog including Community Service's Split Personality

To All Innocent Fifth Columnists

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To All Innocent Fifth Columnists

I was recently introduced to an article written by Ayn Rand in 1941 which I had not read before. In it, she encourages intellectuals to organize in support of individualism as the only means of successfully fighting totalitarianism. This piece is fully applicable today, identifying the exact nature of our current battle for freedom. Read my piece which includes a link to the full article.

Oh Where, Oh Where, Did All The Doctors Go?

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Oh Where, Oh Where, Did All The Doctors Go?

My latest blog entry discusses the brain-drain that has been occurring in South Africa. It is also another parable of mandatory community service in action.

Gregster: Thanks for the encouragement. I agree completely with your assessment. The individual actions that each of us takes in fighting the onslaught of statism has only a small impact in and of itself, but if we keep at it, and more and more people continue to add their voice and effort to the protest, then I do believe that we can have a huge aggregate effect and halt the relentless march of the moribund socialist philosophy. Of course, this is only the first half of the battle. We must then be prepared to offer positive alternatives to fill the void, and must develop the communication skill necessary to convince a majority of people to support those alternatives. This is the harder half of the equation.

Adam: I did see the video interviews when they first appeared on PJTV. As the article I reference above points out, the brain-drain is an inevitable consequence of government's regulation of any industry or service. But I didn't think that the approach taken by these individuals was the most effective one. If a modern day Ellis Wyatt were to shut down a major business operation, it would have significant impact, but with distributed stock ownership in most large companies, having this happen is highly unlikely. On the scale of the individual, dropping out of the economy may be a psychologically helpful of even necessary thing for certain individuals, but as far as having impact on the world, I believe one's efforts are more profitably spent fighting on the battlefield of ideas. However, if we are censored (something being contemplated in the US at the moment), then "Going Galt" will certainly be the appropriate thing to do!

In the meantime, one thing you can do is add your name to the John Galt Pledge. I am still hopeful of obtaining many signatures and turning that into a document with some impact.

Regards,
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C. Jeffery Small

Keep it up Jeffrey

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Every small awakening in those exposed to this helps the cause. You're fighting the just fight.

It's Never Too Early To Indoctrinate

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My latest piece titled It's Never Too Early To Indoctrinate, discusses how mandatory national service is being imposed, through the back door of our educational system. Soon, no child will be able to escape from the requirement.

My Response to Frank Rich's Article in the New York Times

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In a recent blog entry titled My Response to Frank Rich's Article in the New York Times, I respond to Mr Rich's observation that heated disagreement with Barack Obama's policies is prima facia evidence of a manifestation of racism -- but since the dissenters are idiots, there is no point in trying to set them straight.

Re: John Galt

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http://www.pjtv.com/video/Ask_...

http://www.pjtv.com/video/Ask_...

Above are two links to an interesting conservative/libertarian site called Pajamas TV (the Internet television division of Pajamas Media, a conservative blog). The linked videos are moderated by Dr. Helen Smith, a psychologist, and wife of well-known conservative blogger Glenn Reynolds (who has blogged for many years now under the name "Instapundit").

Dr. Smith interviews people who have decided to "go John Galt," i.e., lay low, drop out, earn less than they are capable, for the sake of saving their freedom, and (if possible) their wealth.

Taxpayers Fund Activists for Obamacare at United We Serve

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I just added a short article on my blog that discusses how your tax dollars have been going to ACORN to fund such activities as creating "Healthcare Activists" to rally support for Obamacare. And if that were not enough, these activities are promoted through the government's serve.gov website. Read more at Taxpayers Fund Activists for Obamacare at United We Serve.

The Battle for National Service is Underway!

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I just added a blog entry discussing the recently announced Mozilla Service Week project. The Obama administration is off and running with its plans to move the country to mandatory national service of some kind, and this is just the first salvo in their battle plan. Read more about this at my article: The Battle for National Service is Underway!

Regards,
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C. Jeffery Small
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Updated Site

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I have now added a blog section to the original website. This contains additional material about the purpose of this initiative along with additional comments. This section will be updated frequently, so check back occasionally for new information.

I'm also interested in receiving comments from readers of the site. Use one of the buttons there to send me email with your thoughts.

I hope each of you will give the project some careful consideration, add you name to the list, and then let others know about it so that they can participate as well. Your support is crucial in turning this site into an important tool in the fight for liberty.

Regards.
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C. Jeffery Small

By popular request!

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OK, I hear you! I just updated the site to allow the country to be recorded in addition to the state if you reside in the US. You wont get that kind of responsiveness out of a state-run nationalized health care system! Smiling

Thanks for the feedback, and helping to make the site better.

Now get out there and help sign up others! I'll follow up soon with additional information on how we can use a successful result on this site to attack additional socialist programs in the US.

Regards,
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Jeff

Great idea

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This is great idea. Make it international-allow people outside of US to sign as well.

Nice effort

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One page, straight to the point.

Maybe internationalise the location choices. I hate to be known as "other" Eye

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