Who is John Galt?

In his speech he says, “I am a trader. I earn what I get in trade for what I produce. I ask for nothing more or nothing less than what I earn. That is justice. I don’t force anyone to trade with me; I only trade for mutual benefit. Force is the great evil that has no place in a rational world. One may never force another human to act against his/her judgment. If you deny a man’s right to Reason, you must also deny your right to your own judgment. Yet you have allowed your world to be run by means of force, by men who claim that fear and joy are equal incentives, but that fear and force are more practical.”

Have we gotten this far? Maybe not, but I can tell you the enemy has entered my house.

Enemy at the Gate

I dropped my son off at college a few weeks ago. In his room he now has a color TV, laptop computer, stereo system, highly upgraded cell phone, his own refrigerator, microwave, oscillating fan and a cupboard full of non-perishable food to go with his all-you-can-eat meal plan. I called after the first week of school. “How’s it going over there?,” I asked innocently enough. “Pretty rough, man,” he told me. “But I know I can hang in there,” he added as I heard popcorn popping away in his new microwave and his buddies chattering in the background.

When I hung up, my head hung low. “What’s the matter?” my wife asked. “They got to him too,” I said, the words “pretty rough” ringing in my ears.

Ron Ciancutti is the Purchasing Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. He can be reached via e-mail at rdc@clevelandmetroparks.com

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