Minnesota Libertarian/Randroid radio show host Jason Lewis walked out in the middle of his show live on Thursday; his final on-air words were “I quit.”
Lewis was often described as a Libertarian, since, like most Libertarians, he didn’t understand the purpose of taxation and government regulation. He’d been hosting the “Jason Lewis Show” for years, but appears to have said “adieu” to the radio business for the foreseeable future. Lewis set up his abrupt departure from the radio business with a brief monologue about the “welfare state,” arguing the “real entrepreneurs” are no long valued in a system that rewards “takers” and vilifies the “makers:”
“The ‘pursuit of happiness’ has been replaced by the mandate of self-sacrifice. This is not freedom. It is tyranny,” Lewis said. “And so we, I, you are faced with a choice … To participate in a system that punishes the value of your own existence or to boycott it. Well, I’ve chosen the latter. They can now feed off one another.
Wait, that’s it?
No, seriously…that’s it?
C’mon, dude. You’re doing Rand wrong. That wouldn’t even qualify as a footnote for one of her diatribes. That’s not even worthy of Francisco D’Anconia’s “speech” at the wedding, and that’s one of the shortest (it’s a short story unto itself). You’ll need at least another 80,000 words before I can begin to take you seriously as a Randroid.
At this point in the audio, some minor microphone noise can be heard, followed by a few seconds of silence before a producer’s voice cuts in, notifying the audience that Jason has left the studio and urging fans to “bear with us for a moment.”
Lewis was due to retire on August 1, but don’t get it into your head that had anything to do with this, no sir. According to Bring Me The News, Lewis left to focus his time exclusively on his website, Galt.io, a members only network of these so-called “makers” inspired by Keebler Elf Gulch in Rand’s laughably predictable and poorly written doorstopper/blunt force weapon Atlas Shrugged:
The details for non-members are a bit vague, but earlier this year the Business Journal did a small write-up on the “Libertarian tech start-up,” which raised more than $590,000 through a crowdfunding campaign.
“Galt.io is developing an online network that lets members create a ’cause,’ such as fighting alcohol regulation or public funding for the Minnesota Vikings stadium, and gain backing for that cause in the form of virtual currency called Galtcoins,” the Business Journal says.
Currently, a 15-minute video described on the galt.io blog as a “parody of what it is like working in a highly regulated industry and some of the events that led to his decision” is available to watch on the website or via YouTube. It includes a recreation of his resignation, and scripted discussions about taxes and fairness in America.
Last year, it was rumored Lewis was considering running for Congress.
So, what exactly is next for Lewis? An emailed news release from galt.io says Lewis will focus his efforts on the site, which he co-founded.
“This way … he’ll be able to do as much work as desired, but more importantly just enough to keep the taxman at bay – and no more,” the release says.
He went Galt, and did it on the Internet (which wouldn’t even exist if it weren’t for a government funded by tax dollars).
Here’s an idea for Lewis. He can pay me, and every other American citizen, every penny he owes us for the taxes we paid to make the Internet possible. Then we’ll talk about that lazy leech “keeping the taxman at bay.”
And can someone can explain to me what exactly a radio show talking head “makes” in the context of the “maker/taker” paradigm? Because as far as I know, having an “opinion” doesn’t produce anything.
You can listen to his pathetic, whiny diatribe below, but Rand fans will be disappointed; it’s not nearly long, trite or tedious enough to suit their tastes.