“Fooling Amerikans is a walk in the Gorky Park!”
Rand was a semi-ghost-written luminary of the intelligentsia who didn’t simply have a low opinion of others, her disdain for anyone that didn’t get the silly inside jokes in her books was legendary within her oh-so-clever circle. Her use of the name John Galt for a character, whose provenance has continually been up for debate, was a significant little victory over the un-lettered prole.
With 1957’s Atlas Shrugged, she crafted a fascinating story to throw people off one mental scent and put them onto another. It’s speculated that her nom de plume, pronounced RAND was based on the sinister Think Tank. Without traipsing on some fanciful conspiracy theory, we can say with confidence that academics always serve the technocrats of society so there were many ties.
Anyone who writes books that shake up people’s perception of reality has to earn their license to thrill and it’s not as though she was writing any steamy beach novels, which takes talent. The lack of quality in the prose is astonishing as is the utter absence of proper critique due to a fear of ridicule as one who doesn’t get it, isn’t smart enough to process deeper meanings, isn’t Literati material.
The Part 1 movie they made last year of the Atlas Shrugged book was quite a little gem in comparison. It proves the point, even unknown actors can improve a script when the backing is there to see the full production through to fruition. Ayn Rand always got an easy ride that way, the RAND Corporation paid off or just threatened anyone who didn’t swear she was a genius like no other before.
Greatness is always a matter of personal opinion so we must measure the effect of Rand’s works against relevance to current events before any major pronouncements. A Visionary is what she’s been often pronounced but what if she wasn’t? What if Ayn Rand’s sly role in the progression of the global military-industrial complex predicted today’s rampant collectivism because it was her master’s goal and she saw blueprints?
The half-baked philosophiser was given time and space to propose and propagate her own Objectivism theory, of course, every change agent needs a cover. She was an een-teresting foreigner with an accent, a sheepskin and a mission to mesmerise. Her handlers were actually minions of the treble-faced Ford Foundation but she wasn’t once asked to do anything devious for her privately menial, pampered existence.
We at RMI believe that claim wholeheartedly. What Ayn never got was that she too alas was nothing more than another useful idiot. It was particularly attractive to the brainiac team feeding her incredible prognostications that she was a foreigner without any idea that her entire career was a taxpayer funded RAND psychological construct.
For over half a century, Atlas Shrugged grips imaginations and the repetitive quip “Who is John Galt?” has been perceived as a mysterious form of derision or strength and stealth. We won’t be diving into a debate about where Rand came up with that name, we’re more interested in the phrase itself. That too was gifted to her, as were the random fictional parallels that mirror today’s world with an uncanny accuracy.
The eggheads from RAND always follow ze plan, they were betting they could wipe out a significant portion of the American collective memory by 2012. They earned their spurs by accomplishing their goal ahead of time in 1968 when Americans were knee deep in rice paddies and a protest movement popped up, seemingly out of nowhere. It’s a brilliant and diabolical plan carried out with aplomb, let’s give credit where due.
What exactly were they wiping clean from the brain’s interconnected key-word tone reference system you ask?’ The true provenance of the ‘Who is John Galt’ phrase and it’s relationship to the mechanics of the most complicated base metals Carousel Fraud ever successfully concluded, the first incarnation of which was pulled off in 1859;
In 1862, day-to-day commerce became strained by a shortage of coins. At the time, paper money was not backed by gold or silver. Only faith in the central Government gave bills any value and Civil War put significant strain on any faith that had existed.
Coins were worth more than their paper equivalent and were subsequently not spent on goods that could be bought with paper. The financial issues resulting from coin hoarding became worse when financiers found they could use paper money to buy silver coins, sell the silver coins to foreign markets for gold, and then buy paper dollars for gold at discount prices. They repeated this process numerous times, making significant profits and helped to create a severe coin shortage.
During the middle of 1862, $25 million in coinage disappeared from circulation. By July of 1862, coins were worth 20% more than paper money. To add to the problem of the coin shortage, the lowest denomination of U.S. paper money was the $5 bill. The coin shortage could be life threatening for a society where one cent bought a newspaper, the average salary was twelve to fifteen dollars a week, and a private in the army earned about thirteen dollars a month.
The last US Civil War veterans died in the 1920’s so there’s no one alive who could tell us what “Who is…” truly means to them. Their Galt is correctly spelled G-a-u-l-t, famed inventor of a ‘Postage Stamp Case’, a last resort currency and private stamp initiative that worked. There was a bona fide conspiracy in rigged antebellum money markets that got endless column inches from maverick newspapermen of the day, it resonated and seared the endless frauds into the suffering American psyche.
Many Americans swore an oath to never forget invaluable life lessons but somewhere along the way their descendents were deprived of the original message. What stuck in the end was the “Who is John Gault?” quip and at some point after, Canadians said it too. By FDR’s gold confiscation in 1933, the old timers had nearly disappeared but their aged children, who hadn’t totally forgotten Gault altogether held on to their gold.
The Act proved there was no faith in the administration, they were incapable of white-washing yet another mega scam because they’d moved much too soon. Common folk still understood the true meaning of “Who is..” so if speculative fraud was to flourish once again, they would have to change the entire public’s mind, cause them to forget and become malleable again. That might not have seemed a realistic goal at the time but tenacity finally won the day when it really counted for the financiers, works today!
From 1946, the post-war boom renewed America’s confidence, the main ingredient in any fleecing operation as witnessed in Greece’s Goldman Sachs decade of euphoric ruination. Recycling all the scammed Civil War gold and silver back into the newly regulated US market to sit and bide it’s time, the very same grifters of 1862 could pull the trick again whenever convenient since Federal Reserve does have till December 21st 2012 before it’s charter runs out. Bretton Woods would be broken soon enough but they had to keep their powder dry till the US could be taken off the Gold Standard safely, which took until 1973.
Now that you know the true origin of “Who is…”, it would be instructive to consider how the behavioural experts tied to RAND thought it a wise idea to give Rand the tools to do away with the phrase’s power to provoke. If the statement alone prompted release from confusion and a healthy sense of suspicion, then it was paramount to somehow change the old phrase’s meaning forever by covering it up with something far more memorable, an enigma wrapped in mystery et voila; one each re-branded John Galt!
The actual reason Americans remembered Gault was because deep down, there was a fondness for him for saving their bacon. Painful war memories brought out the gallows humour since the ridiculous is funny when true. People were starving for lack of a proper currency and Lincoln’s government was so desperate, they even approved of Gault selling advertising space on the reverse side of his coin shaped stamp case.
A certain Mr. Kirkpatrick invested and joined him in the business, marketing their own services first. Both their names spread far and wide but just one of them would be immortalised, bundled from sight and replaced by an imposter in unforgettable fiction!
The Gault saying began life as an anecdote about the first time someone used his new invention, the encased stamp coin. The boss of an Irish construction gang went into a bar and ordered a round, which he tried to pay for with the oddest thing the barkeep had ever seen. After inspecting it closely, he shook his head and politely refused the quasi-coin so the punter asked him why, to which he replied; “Kirkpatrick’s money is always good here Sir but who’s John Gault?” Not side-splitting yet punctilious Irish wit! Are you still intrigued by Alisa Zinovievna Rosenbaum’s Galt character now, comrade?