Guest Column: Roark’s Courtroom Speech

Unforgettable and Timely
From The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

No wish to violate anyone’s IP, though the book was published in 1943 and the movie in 1949, same year I was born! [I read the book in the summer between my junior and senior years in high school… when my family had moved from Oklahoma City to Overland Park, Kansas, where I was enrolled at prestigious middle class WASPish Shawnee Mission West. The experience was cathartic and transforming, at least in terms of my view of the world, and fuel for my nascent idealism.]

Hence, I’ll simply enter the IMDb quote verbiage for this page:

I have recomposed it into a pdf for better readability here:

Note: Can’t say I’ve fairly attributed the artist rendering. Or attributed it at all, really. Just tried to locate it on the Web and could not. Don’t remember where I found it. But it’s excellent and I do hope the artist will forgive me under the umbrella of ‘fair and considerate use.’ Contact me via comment, and I’ll remove it or at least give you the creatorship nod.

Why Roark’s Speech Today?

At the risk of stating the obvious, we the American people are being subjected to a torrent of lies and false flag operations by government, government media, and simulacra of government(s) . Why? To manufacture consent. As the father of modern mind control and propaganda, Edward Bernays, put it:

“The conscious intelligent manipulation of the organized opinions and habits of the masses is an important element in a democratic society. Those who run this unseen mechanism constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.

We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested largely by men we have never heard of. In almost every act of our lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind.”
— Edward Bernays, Propaganda (1928)

Click on the Rule from the Shadows image for a refreshing description of how most people have been snatched into the predatory collective-mind starting 100 years ago. As Rand points out in The Fountainhead, and especially in Roark’s dramatic speech for individualism, there is no such thing as a collective brain. In the 1940s we had communism, fascism, and socialism. They are still around but today we have ‘ops’ that strengthen such scourges of self-immolation so deeply to threaten the soul of humanity.

Think of the ‘covid’ op and the George Floyd op, which set up abject obedience to illegal state authority as a moral ideal and collective, racial, timeless guilt of ‘the whites,’ respectively. Ellsworth Toohey (in The Fountainhead) expresses to Peter Keathing the purpose behind cultivations of such self-loathing:

Keating: “Ellwsorth, what are you after?”

Toohey: “Power! What do think is power? Whips? Guns? Money? You can’t turn men into slaves unless you break their spirit. Kill their capacity to think and act on their own. Tie them together, teach them to conform, to unite, to agree, to obey. That makes one neck ready for one leash.

“You’ve heard me preaching it for years but you didn’t have the wits to know what you were hearing. Why do you suppose I denounced greatness and praised mediocrities like you? Great men can’t be ruled. Why did I preach self-sacrifice. If you kill a man’s sense of personal value, he’ll submit.

“Can you do that to Howard Roark? No? Then don’t ask me why I want to destroy him.”

So is collective mind or creative-independent mind going to prevail? Hard to say. Whatever happens, I believe it will be what the mathematicians call a “step function,” meaning an abrupt shift of the human paradigm into one mode or the other. Frankly, it all depends on your awareness and your choice. Join me in the FLOW Fellowship to build a society of Independents.


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