John Galt, the fictional character from Ayn Rand’s bestselling novel, Atlas Shrugged, has come to embody the individualist capitalist who acts in his own enlightened self interest, and in doing so lifts the world around him. Some of today’s most successful CEOs, journalists, sports figures, actors, and thinkers have led their lives according to Galt’s (i.e., Rand’s) philosophy.

Now, in I Am John Galt, these inspiring stories are gathered with the keen insight and analysis of well-known market commentator Donald Luskin and business writer Andrew Greta. Filled with exclusive interviews, profiles, and analyses of leading financial, business, and artistic stars who have based their lives, and careers, on the philosophy of the perennially popular Ayn Rand, this book both inspires and enlightens. On the other side are Rand’s arch villains?the power-seekers, parasites, and lunatics who would destroy that which the creators and builders make. Who are today’s anti-heroes, fighting the creativity of the innovators?

  • Contains insightful interviews, profiles, and analyses of the individuals who have lived by a Randian code to achieve greatness for themselves and others
  • Offers a probing analysis of those who seek to destroy or undo the achievements of others?from academics, pundits, and government bureaucrats to fraudsters who have wreaked havoc on our world

Engaging and entertaining, I Am John Galt examines how the inspiration that is Galt thrives more than 50 years after publication of Atlas Shrugged. It will spark the interest of Ayn Rand fans everywhere, as well as those seeking a way to succeed in today’s turbulent and confusing times.


Ayn Rand is a hypocrite with some great ideas. But, we’re asked to divorce the artist from her personal life more times than I count. The same courtesy isn’t extended to similar cultural spokespeople that dare to shake up our day-to-day lives. Luskin and Greta aren’t known Objectivists, but they try to examine Rand’s work with a keen but fair eye.

After a three-hundred page read, I was left feeling like I was hearing the usual Objectivist spiel but through a rather sterile filter. There’s no excitement or energy in this book, as you’re given a lot of material to process. When the straight facts can’t entice, they slip into these weird case studies such as the Paul Klugman chapter. It’s when Alan Greenspan is painted as a conspiring member of Rand’s Collective that I started to tune out.


When the book dwells on people such as Senator Barney Frank, you begin to see the subtext boil up to the surface. The Right-Wing sentiment stuffed into every page of the book reeks of back-handed compliments to the staunch New-Wave of Middle Class Economists that want to blindly arm-chair the last decade of American Imperialist collapse.

Going back to Klugman, while Mr. Klugman might not have been the sharpest voice to rise against Rand…it doesn’t mean that we should discount everything he says. But, that’s not the way the Right in America works anymore. It’s everything or nothing in a land of imagined entitlement. By the time I finished the book, I was left wondering when it’s going to end.

This endless cycle of Right-Wing proxies digging through any source to find unsubstantiated support for their crazed beliefs. While Ayn Rand started off with strong ideas about personal freedom and intellectual strength, she turned into a failed screenwriter that loved the smell of her own shit. I tired of phony intellectuals and I tire of the people who prop them up.



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