You’ve Got Galt
The Village Voice’s correspondent-on-the-right, Roy Edroso, does another round-up of conservatives and libertarians who want to “go Galt” as President Obama grows more left-wing and redistributive. After a lot of mockery, there’s this pithy point:
The triumph of capitalism to be found in the Galt schtick is of a more traditional kind: It excites the troops and drives them to increase rightbloggers’ web traffic. (Not to mention their t-shirt sales.) In modern America, revolution is something you sell to suckers to get them to buy your products. Go Galt, like Go Gulf and Go Greyhound, is not a battle cry — it’s a marketing slogan.
This isn’t a new phenomenon. The last few years have seen a number of conservative insta-causes spring up, be proclaimed as the awakening of a silent majority, and be marketed like crazy … before sort of sputtering out. Think of the “Drill Baby Drill” mania of last year, the Palin merchandise industry, and the cult of Joe the Plumber.