His new book is called "I Am John Galt." For those of you who are unfamiliar with what this means, here's a bit of background:
John Galt is a fictional character in Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged (1957). Although he does not appear in person until the last third of the novel, he is the subject of its often-repeated question "Who is John Galt?" and of the quest to discover the answer.
As the plot unfolds, Galt is acknowledged to be a creator, philosopher, and inventor who symbolizes the power and glory of the human mind. He serves as an idealistic counterpoint to the social and economic structure depicted in the novel. The depiction portrays a society based on oppressive bureaucratic functionaries and a culture that embraces stifling mediocrity and egalitarianism, which the novel associates with socialistic idealism. In the novel's ideology, the industrialists of America were a metaphorical Atlas of Greek mythology, holding up the Earth, whom Galt persuades to "shrug," by refusing to lend their productive genius to the regime any longer.
So -- the world becomes so oppressive that the people who created vast wealth stop contributing to it.
Mr. Luskin -- and I say this with all sincerity -- please go Galt! Stop writing stop appearing on TV, stop consulting -- please just go away. Take your ball and go home.