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Chris Kluwe Slams Ayn Rand Acolytes: ‘John Galt Does Not Live In Reality’

Here’s an amazing excerpt From Chris Kluwe’s new book: Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities

“So I forced myself to read “Atlas Shrugged.” Apparently I harbor masochistic tendencies; it was a long, hard slog, and by the end I felt as if Ayn Rand had violently beaten me about the head and shoulders with words. I feel I would be doing all of you a disservice (especially those who think Rand is really super-duper awesome) if i didn’t share some thoughts on this weighty tome.

Who is John Galt?

John Galt (as written in said novel) is a deeply flawed, sociopathic ideal of the perfect human. John Galt does not recognize the societal structure surrounding him that allows him to exist. John Galt, to be frank, is a turd.

However, John Galt is also very close to greatness. The only thing he is missing, the only thing Ayn Rand forgot to take into account when writing “Atlas Shrugged,” is empathy.

John Galt talks about intelligence and education without discussing who will pay for the schools, who will teach the teachers. John Galt has no thought for his children, or their children, or what kind of world they will have to occupy when the mines run out and the streams dry up. John Galt expects an army to protect him but has no concern about how it’s funded or staffed. John Galt spends his time in a valley where no disasters occur, no accidents happen, and no real life takes place.

John Galt lives in a giant fantasy that’s no different from an idealistic communist paradise or an anarchist’s playground or a capitalist utopia. His world is flat and two-dimensional. His world is not real, and that is the huge, glaring flaw with objectivism.

John Galt does not live in reality.”

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About ARcSS

Atlas Left and our accompanying Facebook page, Ayn Rand Collected Social Security, aim to expose Ayn Rand for the hypocrite and fraud she was. Rand was a dangerous sociopath and author whose simplistic ideas are routinely confused with serious philosophy. Who is John Galt? A delusional psychopath, just like his creator.


  1. Yeah, that’s a good summary of Ayn Rand. Not living in reality. I was less subtle in that I once called her an asshole (http://waynebasta.com/2011/10/ayn-rand-is-an-asshole/)

  2. Joshio Tzintzun

    So I had been wondering why we have so many problems finding common ground in everyday life but this does shed some light on the situation. In my head empathy is basically moral common sense compass that everyone comes equipped with. Knowing now the contents of this book embraced by many of the louder and more prominent voices on the conservative side explains the growing lack of empathy. What’s unfortunate is that empathy is a universal tool regardless of culture, language, or race, empathy is such a basic yet incredibly useful tool and I’m confused why people would promote ignoring or suppressing it especially when their job is heavily based on human interactions.

  3. “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.” — Paul Krugman

  4. so chris kluwe is mad that a fictional character doesn’t live in reality?

    • No, it is because conservatives think that Galt lived in reality. And that his perceived reality is to be emulated.In other words conservatives don’t live in reality, but a made up world.

  5. As we ponder John Galt, we ponder the source. Ayn Rand was a turd, too.

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