Since I watched Atlas Shrugged, I wouldn't dare to call it "going Galt" strictly speaking, but FWIW, here's my opting smoothly out of the system :
Underlying rationale :
My name is pronounced like "see real". I code stuff for a living and for pleasure. I care quite a bit about language.
I think America should consider doing the same, and... ASAP!
The solution isn't to allow them to win by refusing to work for them, and in doing so, starving ourselves.
The solution is to go individual, local, private and more productive than they are. To outcompete them with our own companies that are NOT based in debt. To avoid using any company we don't need and then replace the ones we need with highly efficiency ones that raise the profit levels and pass the savings on to the people.
In today's environment, you simply can't gather any 'nationwide' movement to strike. People need their income too much. But if a few people put together a more profitable and better quality company than a given mega-corp, the masses would have an alternative but more importantly, they would choose the new one due to nothing more than price.
This can even be done much easier. All we have to do is creatively finance a few companies so they don't have interest or shareholders that rob their profits all the time. Cutting that from their budgets would be a huge jump in profit margin but once it took off, word of mouth would replace the need for marketing, sales and even some other expenses. It would become material, labor and revenue. Let's see the big boys compete with that.
Dont you get it? Hostess filed for bankruptcy precisely because they would not be able to make a profit if they met the demands of their union workers. Those workers wereunder the mistaken impression that they had a RIGHT to a certain pay scale, that they had a RIGHT to a certain benefits package, that they had a RIGHT to a job. Hostess got tired of their crap and proved them wrong on all counts. The fact is...if you feel you are worth more...you go and tell your boss...if he disagrees...you take your services elsewhere and let him fill your place with someone else...if you were right he will now have a worse employee. The fact is any employer worth his salt will pay more to retain the services of a hard working competent employee...they are few and far between these days....the market rules...you get paid what the market deems you are worth....union forced pay raises are a distortion of the market.
P.S. I am actually a union worker....but I will not strike unless it is justified(I havent found a situation yet that it was, but there are some true rat bag companies and situations it would be justified...I just dont believe it was in the case of hostess...they sat down with the union reps...told them what was happening and the steps they would have to take to survive...the union reps thought they were lying and called Hostess's bluff...only it wasnt a bluff. They have no one to blame but themselves.)
The way for people to "go Galt" is to secede on an individual basis. Secede from the system. Unplug from the matrix. Take money out of the bank and hold your wealth in precious metals. Create most of your own energy. Grow your own food. Homeschool your kids. Stop buying trinkets and gadgets. Stop the consumerism.
Practiced on a large scale, the system will be brought to it's knees.
“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul
... between 'Shrugging', as Ayn Rand intended to encourage, and shrugging off personal responsibility for holding the line to a collective picket line of concerted action. Ironically, calling for Solidarity is usually just gaseous diffusion.