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A Philosophy For Survivalists
By Kurt Saxon
You need a specific set of attitudes to keep you on course
toward any goal. You must feel right about what you are doing. Otherwise, you
might feel guilty about going your own way while people around you are united in
doing nothing and suffering from it.
But why should you survive, and even prosper, when your fellows are dealing with
a standard of living which gets lower all the time? Why shouldn't you share
their situation and even deprive yourself or your survival program so that a few
others might have a little more comfort in the hard times ahead?
After all, things might change for the better. Those who maintain confidence in
their appointed leaders might be right.
The climate is said to be changing but there are still bumper crops here and
there. Fuel is said to be getting scarcer but the big gas guzzlers are even more
in demand. The population is still growing but the welfare system seems to be
keeping up with it.
Pollution is getting worse. Herds are dying or being slaughtered because of
chemicals misapplied. Resorts are being closed because fish caught by
vacationers cannot be eaten. Whole populations of people are endangered and many
groups sicken who work at certain factories.
But the government is cracking down. Laws are being written and penalties are
If we only stand together in common trust, our leaders can turn us toward a new
era of progress. All they really ask for is our trust. If we could only drop our
selfish egos for a while, we could pull together and solve our problems. But
without trust and submission to the social ideal, we are to blame for any lack
of success in the system.
The above are common reassurances and admonitions fed to the public by the
politicians and their stooges in the news media. Most people swallow such
garbage by the bucket. After all, it is a lot easier to put your faith in
someone besides yourself, if you do not have much of a self to begin with.
But if you have a well-developed feeling of self-worth, you will reject any plea
to unite around anyone, especially those urging you to sacrifice your own
interests to those of the majority.
As any system begins to decline, there are always those who are ready to take it
over "for the common good". Their appeal is always to the poor, the
disenfranchised, the helpless, the weak. They plead for your trust and
cooperation and while you tighten your belt, they tighten their stranglehold on
After all their public assurances that they are working on the problems, you
notice that they are not really doing anything. But they share a philosophy you
have not been let in on and the philosophy they have dosed out to you just makes
you feel guilty for not trusting them more.
You have got to have a philosophy which combats theirs. You have got to stop
feeling guilty for their failures. You have got to see where they are taking the
sheep-like populace so you can head in the opposite direction.
I have my own philosophy of life and, of course, you have yours. Our
philosophies seldom deal with the whole picture. So it is convenient to borrow a
philosophy which puts us in the picture concerning how we will, or will not, be
used by our political and bureaucratic manipulators.
A dandy philosophy I chanced on a few years ago was that by Ayn Rand. This
philosophy was beautifully expressed in her story, ATLAS SHRUGGED. The title
illustrates Atlas, holding the world on his shoulders. He finally gets fed up
with the dummies he is supporting and so simply shrugs, sending the world
crashing to the floor.
ATLAS SHRUGGED is 1168 pages long. I do not say this to discourage you from
tackling it. Actually, once you get into it and find you like it, you will be
overjoyed that you have so much good stuff ahead to read. And fine reading it
is. I am into my fifth reading and find I get more out of it every time.
ATLAS SHRUGGED concerns the total breakdown of society due to the demanding
parasites allowed to thrive as a system becomes more affluent. Those bringing
about the affluence in the first place, are condemned for having a higher
standard of living than those who do nothing to deserve any living at all.
In the story, as pressure mounts for the producing class to share the wealth,
more producers are put out of business. Then the hero, John Galt, goes visiting
the most productive members of society. He assures them that it is useless to
fight people who have nothing but needs and the socialistic laws to force their
betters to cater to those needs. They are advised to drop out of the system and
retire, even if all they take with them is their ability to begin again once the
parasites' game has collapsed.
Well, able people in critical areas of the economy start dropping out
nationwide. They close their factories and the Liberals in control find that
they and their parasitic constituents cannot make the factories go. Poor babies!
Then the rule of the Liberals becomes even more oppressive and they begin trying
to force the able to stay and produce. Drop-outs are considered criminals and
enemies of the people.
The most able of the drop-outs are hidden in a super-secret hideaway known as
"Galt's Gulch". It is a neat village with all the comforts of a
metropolis. All the best people are there, the smartest, the most skilled, the
most fun be with.
Galt's Gulch is located somewhere in Colorado. It has some sort of refraction
shield emanating from it. From the air, it looks just like another part of the
forest. But a pilot actually seeing Galt's Gulch and trying to land there would
only fetch up in the branches of some tall trees. Galt's Gulch would be about
seven miles away from its refracted image.
Most of the characters in ATLAS SHRUGGED are sort of overblown composites of
types. They are either totally good or totally evil, refreshing in these times
of lovable rapists, gentle child abusers and well-meaning politicians.
One of my favorite characters is Ragnar Daneskjold. He is a pirate who high
jacks aid sips carrying goodies to this or that Peoples' State. He is generally
Anyway, ATLAS SHRUGGED is the only book which describes the complete collapse of
a system, with all the details. This alone, makes ATLAS SHRUGGED highly
instructive to Survivalists who know little about how our socioeconomic system
As you read the story, published over thirty years ago, you will realize that
the government-imposed terrorism of ATLAS SHRUGGED is being implemented all
around us today. You will recognize our modern politicians in action page after
page, as if they had memorized the book and adopted the villain's roles.
You do not have to believe long-range forecasts of shortages, bad weather,
over-population and other calamities in THE SURVIVOR. You do not have to be
far-sighted to compare the chaos of ATLAS SHRUGGED with the chaos we see even
You do not have to be a social scientist to see how penalizing the productive on
behalf of the non-achievers leads a system to ruin. You can see it happen in
example after example and compare Ayn Rand's descriptions with what comes over
your nightly TV news.
After reading ATLAS SHRUGGED, you will know why you should survive and prosper
regardless of the suffering going on around you. You will not share a crust with
someone who thinks your sacrifice is his due.
You will stop looking for morality and ability in politicians or seeing them as
leaders in any sense. Forget climate change, if that doesn't register with you.
You will see food production being cut by inefficiency and government
It does not really matter whether or not our planet is really running out of
fuel. Shortages are guaranteed by political manipulations we see today which
could have been copied from ATLAS SHRUGGED.
Government restrictions against business and industry "for the common
good" and to break up monopolies, is strangling our economy and, even now,
putting it in the hands of the least competent. ATLAS SHRUGGED details how such
things happen. Now you can look around you and see how these very same practices
are costing the jobs and livelihoods of millions today.
You will also see how uniting in trust around a grinning do-gooder will put you
in lock step with a bunch of morons, marching into an economic abyss. Submitting
to the common will today is the same as walking up the slaughterhouse ramp after
the Judas goat.
You may not be as neurotic as I or share some of my more extreme anxieties. This
is probably for the best. But you should at least know what is going on around
you and relate it to what forces are shaping your own future.
ATLAS SHRUGGED will tell you what those forces are and show you, by
fictionalized examples, just what happens when they are applied.
When you finish the book, you will not have a new philosophy, necessarily. It
will be your own philosophy, but clarified and put into a usable pattern by one
of the greatest social philosophers of our century. You can then put your own
words and observations to some of the most rational ideas of our age.
You will then find not only comfort, but purpose in knowing that your motivation
toward survival is the greatest strength in our nation today. If you have ever
had fantasies of being great and extremely worthwhile, they will be realities
long before you have finished ATLAS SHRUGGED.
Although ATLAS SHRUGGED is an indictment of our whole parasitic system,
libraries have not gotten around to banning it. It seems too long for the
average reader to tackle so they let it be. I do not think it would be banned,
anyway, but I am sure it will not be on the "recommended books" list
of any Federally funded library.
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