Time to "Go Galt"?
I liked Don Watkins' post on the topic, particularly this part of Ayn Rand's answer:
One does not yet have to break relationships with society. But what one must do is break relationships with the culture: Withdraw your sanction from those people, groups, schools, or theories that preach the ideas that are destroying you. In Atlas Shrugged I describe the sanction of the victim–when the good people help their own destroyers–and show in how many ways men are guilty of it, through generosity or ignorance. Anyone serious about saving the world today must first discard the dominant philosophy of the culture. Stand on your own as much as if you moved to a separate valley, like in Atlas Shrugged. Check your premises; define your convictions rationally. Do not take anything on faith; do not believe that your elders know what they’re doing, because they don’t. That’s the sense in which Atlas Shrugged is applicable to our period.And incidentally, I'm with Don in not liking how the phrase is being used today. (Indeed I'm sad that our intellectual independence is so slight that we have to resurrect phrases like "Going Galt" and "Tea Parties" completely out of context, rather than identifying today's problems and issues -- and then addressing them squarely and head on.)