fotlogo1I was sent news today of some friends of mine from college, Mike and Wendi, who are packing up the kids and going off the grid for a while. They are calling it “Family Off Track” and this is their website.  This is a bold and brilliant move, I think.  I’m actually jealous…the idea packing the RV and taking off without any set agenda is something all of us, I think, wish we could do (or had the guts to do). As someone wise once said, “When life looks like easy street, there is danger at your door.”

Compare their story and motivations with the latest in a series of incoherent anti-Obama “protests,” the so-called Going Galt “movement.” The fact that Michelle Malkin is endorsing this is proof enough of the vacuousness of the cynical, shrieking posturing against… well…. socialism! Yea, Obama’s a socialist! No, wait, a communist. No, wait, the Anti-Christ! No, wait, the teleprompter…Muslim…I mean, not an American citizen!!!

John Galt is the hero of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, a captain of industry who leads a revolutionary movement in which the top leaders of the banks and corporations forsake their corporate jets and perks to work in diners or as subway repair guys.  Galt urges them to go on strike and withdraw their unique expertise and unparalleled wisdom from an increasingly socialist world. Deprived of the genius of their genius, the world economy collapses.

But the application for today seems a bit off.  Didn’t these captains of industry, practicing the radical laissez-faire capitalism Rand endorses, just destroy the economy? But not quite in the way Rand romanticizes?

The Galters posture that this is all about taxes on the wealthy, but it’s hard to see the radicalism in returning to the Clinton era tax-structure. And, really, what is so indispensable about these guys? Would the world shut down without the shmucks at AIG who helped us into this clusterfuck? Or Rick Santelli and Michelle Malkin? Or some middle-manager working in a cubicle somewhere?  The whole thing sounds delusional. As Tyler Durden says, “You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.”  Your marginal contribution at Pajama’s Media doesn’t matter all that much to our survival and well-being, does it Dr. Helen?  Hell, with all the outsourced jobs the would-be Galt’s engineered, finding replacements for the Galt wannabes wouldn’t be that hard, would it.

Gosh, we’ll miss you. Take care now.  Buh-bye.

But back to the point. Mike and Wendi seem to be taking this journey in a completely different spirit. The decision isn’t motivated by paranoia of creeping communism or paying the same tax rate as 10 years ago.  Instead, as they so wonderfully put it, “The choice to disconnect from the everyday track offers the opportunity to take time to reconnect to family, life and learning in ways that would otherwise never be possible.”

I wish them well and await news of their progress.