Sunday, April 22, 2012

Who is John Galt?

Ayn Rand was not very original: she stole the name "objectivism" from earlier philosophers such as Frege and/or the Objectivist poets of her own era.

It also seems she stole the character name "John Galt" from a real historical figure.


Kevin said...

Mike: Is there a way to sub your blog?

Mike Huben said...

Isn't the subscribe to posts at the bottom what you want?

brightwood83 said...

In addition to the historicity of the name "John Galt", the manner of its use in a slogan wasn't original to Rand either.

The "Who is John Galt?" slogan was borrowed from the "Who is Howard Scott?" slogan of the Technocracy movement of the 1930s which aimed to put smart people in charge who knew how to make technology work.

Of course Rand left out the part that Scott and his Technocrats meant the scientists and the engineers, NOT businessmen and financiers.