Quote note (#165)
The conclusion to a typically thoughtful, reality-infused Athrelon post:
Ayn Rand’s fantasy of Galt’s Gulch imagined a small number of natural aristocrats noticing that they kept the ungrateful world alive. Feeling their strength, they said “screw the peasants,” seceded from civilization, and the country began to collapse. The reality of the Weak Galt Hypothesis is that the peasants say “screw the aristocrats,” secede from civilization, and the country does not collapse.
(The ‘Weak Galt Hypothesis’ is shaping up as a remarkably solid NRx building block. See also this.)