Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jason Lewis Walks Off in Middle of His Show

John Galt Reporting

Tonight at 6:24pm (CST) Jason Lewis, Host of the Nationally Syndicated “Jason Lewis Show” and co-founder of Galt.io walked off his show and is GOING GALT. Like many others (Leaders & Companies) he is no longer satisfied having what he produces confiscated through taxes and being dictated through regulation. His departure adds to the ever-growing list of Leaders and Companies that have finally had enough and are determined to find a new way of doing business that accomplishes their goals without compromising their own freedoms and beliefs.

In his departure, Jason Lewis left a short 15 minute parody of what it is like working in a highly regulated industry and some of the events that led to his decision. Lewis who has long complained about the heavy hand of government is apparently living up to his word and is “Going Galt” - a phrase derived from the iconic Ayn Rand novel "Atlas Shrugged." In the book, the “producers” or “men of the minds” - as the famed author put it - decide to go out on “strike” as a protest against those who would attack them politically.

Lewis, a long-time advocate against the high levels of taxation now says he too has had enough and will focus his efforts, and place his commentary, on a start-up business he co-founded named, suitably enough, GALT.IO. This way, says the talk host, 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. Lewis cited President Obama's "You didn't build that" phrase and responded to those who endlessly seek to redistribute wealth, "Well, you can build it yourselves now..."

We are extremely excited to have Jason pouring his considerable talent and efforts directly into building Galt.io. We are more confident than ever that men (and women) “of the minds” will be seeking the refuge that Galt.io provides to reorganize and reemerge with a plan to take back our country and the technology to make it effective.

--More to come once we reach Jason and the story develops.

Watch Jason's Going Galt video here: https://www.galt.io/login/#jason

John Galt

32 comments:

  1. way to go jason!!!!
    i agree with you 100%

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  2. Well done, sir! Well done!

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  3. He will be missed by many people who listen to him every night. But he is walking the walk and that is unusual these days. Hope he is able to provide more without supplying all to the government bureaucracy through Galt.io. Good luck Jason, keep us informed. We love you.

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  4. As a GALT.io founding member: Jason has only left the building, thank you, and good night.

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  5. I'm proud of you, Jason, and with you in spirit!

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  6. I was wondering if you were going to "Quit"...you are making history, Jason...and maybe waking a few people up!
    We look forward to working together to make a difference for this country!

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  7. We are greatly impressed with this teaching moment. Jason is effectively teaching people who are concerned with the threat to our nation's liberty how to go beyond just talking about doing something and bonding together with social media tools to take action before it's too late. Fantastic practical demonstration of ways that we can inspire and influence each other to take the needed action to reclaim our liberty and our nation.

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  8. Your an inspiration to this young American! Thank you, Jason!

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  9. you conservatives are something else. You celebrate and worship quitter sarah palin, now you commend J.L for leaving his post. Who's next, Bowe Bergdahl?

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    1. Blahaha....what I heard: "You conservatives are something else! When we liberals push you too far by taking too much of what you produce, you quit! Where am I supposed to get my support now? I don't want to have to actually work for myself...I like taking from the producers better. Waahhh waaahh waaaahhhh!!"
      GO PRODUCE SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF!!

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  10. Jason, you have inspired generations of people with your political and life wisdom. Your radio show will be missed. You have gone Galt, an opportunity that's justified and earned. All people are born free, they live for themselves and not at the expense of others. I apologize for my selfishness, but I am sad, upset and mad that you are leaving the airwaves. There is no greater voice that draws young people to conservative/libertarian principles. Your voice on the airwaves produces more like-minded votes than liberals can buy with your tax dollars. There's a difference between action and outcome. Unintentional as it may be, your exit is an undeniable boycott directed at your listeners. A boycott that will have reverberations throughout talk radio. I like many others will no longer have a reason to listen to talk radio anymore.

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  11. Hmm, can they throw all of us in jail that refuse to pay our taxes? They can try...

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  12. Hey Art, the fact that you don't get it tells me who you are. You are the reason he quit.

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  13. Art he quit so he won't have to pay taxes to support losers like you.

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  14. If I could afford it, I would do the same thing. But, I do not have the savings or the network to sustain a living...sure wish I did. Congrats to Jason...I hope he surfaces somewhere, sometime as I really enjoy his show and his view and insight.

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  16. Jason isn't going anywhere. His show will just be produced through his new business venture at the Galt Network. If you want to hear his future shows, I suspect they will be podcasts, and you will have to pay to become a member of the Galt network. The so called "judgement day" was nothing more than a publicity stunt.

    Jason's move is somewhat akin to when Glenn Beck left his Fox show to start his own broadcasting enterprise which became the Blaze. Jason appears to be leaving his traditional talk radio format to take his show to a new platform built around the galt network. I don't have a problem with that.

    I do have a problem with the manner in which he did it. I respect straight shooters. I don't respect people who treat me like a child, which is exactly what that whole charade yesterday did. Worse yet, I listened to about 15 minutes of the callers afterward with Conry. Unless they too were a set up, I was dumbfounded at how gullible these callers were. Has America been dumbed down that much by reality TV that even many conservatives (who I expect to be smarter than the average joe) are falling for this ruse? If so, God help us, we have taken a step closer to making the movie "Idiocracy" a reality.

    Jason is taking his brand and enterprise into a new direction. He is still going to be under basically the same tax codes and many of the same regulations. And he wants us to believe that is somehow "Going Galt"? How exactly is this starving the beast? Maybe he has some legal tax dodging stuff up his sleeve, but this was all primarily about self promotion, and he made a circus out of it rather than treat us like adults.

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    1. What makes you such an expert on what Jason Lewis is doing or going to do? If you feel duped, it's your own deluded sense of reality in the first place. Get real. Jason has been a straight-shooter from the get go that he's creating something new with this Galt.io thing. He's been up front about it from day one.

      Sure, the actual exchange of currency will be subject to the same tax burden his radio gig provided. But do you really think he's gonna make a ton? I'm sure he's finding other ways to create value than that. If you read between the lines, it sounds like there will be an entire economy heading our way. But you should know all about that seeing as you're such an expert on all things Jason.

      We're living in a new world, Smoop. Looks to me like Jason is taking full advantage of the virtual Galt's Gulch that this Galt.io thing promises to be. Don't forget that on radio the FCC provides a ton of regulations and restrictions that an online world doesn't. If for no other reason than to get out from under that tyranny, he's truly Gone Galt. I applaud Jason’s willingness to leave traditional media and move to a place that is more welcoming to innovation. Just wish naysayers such as yourself would look at it more objectively than immediately belly-aching “we've been duped!”

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    1. I agree with you that Jason's not truly going Galt as where there's money to be made so is there money to be taxed, Galt.io is no exception. I reject your premise that the Jason Lewis isn't producing anything. Entertaining and educating are legitimate professions. If Jason started charging for podcasts people would buy them.

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    2. A pure publicity stunt? Hmmm. Isn't that what "talking heads" like Jason are suppose to do?

      And as for "he doesn't produce anything or provide an real service aside from basic entertainment". Another "get real" moment, sir. We are in the information age. Virtual goods and services abound and try to explain how Google could have such valuation. After all, they produce no goods or services either.

      I will agree that it will be interesting to see what he does moving forward. I'm sure it will be more productive than your negative rant.

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  18. Jason is a capitalist. He has never hid that agenda. We, too, want as much money as we are willing to work for. Money only buys options...the ability to exercise freedom. Those who see Mr. Lewis as some sort of hypocrite expose their own insecurites and perhaps jealousy of the ability to have options. Work hard. Stop complaining. As Galt.io-ers we are thinking people who CREATE options for themselves and for others. Don't let things happen....make things happen. Frame of mind is everything. Think....Choose....Take Responsibility. We will do it.

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  19. God bless and keep Jason. For the rest of us sorry lots get in the trenches and fight on . Our country is not lost yet. Go Galt. Live Free

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  20. For years, I don't believe I truly understood what liberty meant. I was conservative, but mostly partisan, going along with the party line without really thinking it through. Thanks to you Jason, for opening my eyes on how to view everything through the prism of liberty. For that I will be forever grateful. Thank you for teaching us about this great country and how it should operate. Hopefully America will wake up soon. Thank you for everything you have shared with us. We look forward to hearing more of your insights soon.

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  21. Just getting to this now (been a bit of a whirlwind) but to Art and Aziz (and a lesser degree Smoop), this: if you think what I'm doing is a radio stunt, tune in Monday, I won't be there. Second, I haven't quit living, I've just chosen to quit subsidizing those to whom I don't desire, most likely folks such as yourselves. Consider it my very own 'tax-inversion' plan because by being a co-founder and contributor at Galt.io (as opposed to garnering straight W-2 income), I'll be reducing my tax burden substantially. You'll have to figure it out yourselves. Finally, what I do, and what I've done is indeed miniscule when compared to other great producers, but suffice it to say, the market has most likely valued what I've contributed over the years a lot higher than anything critics like you have done. Enough said...for now.

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    1. Thanks Jason! I appreciate all that you have done for me. Others can say that you have not produced, but we know better. Education is a big business. As a college educated person I would have to say that I believe I have learned more from you that I did earning my BS. Thanks again!

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    2. I just wonder...there were a lot of us out here in thrall to the dragon who were hoping you were our St George. Did you leave to go fight the dragon, or did you leave us to fight the dragon?

      I also appreciate all that you have taught me over the years, and I will miss your show.

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  22. You've been earning straight W2 income all these years? The parasites must love you. I assumed you were incorporated with an IC relationship with your broadcast company (not that your taxes would be low, but lower than W2 wage taxes).

    You're the best talk show host I've ever heard, even if you haven't yet realized that a politician's line on a map is not the difference between aggressive and defensive force, or that your being the victim of socialist A doesn't justify victimizing person B. But you could be in worse company than Milton Friedman.

    Best of luck, and thanks for all you've done.

    vv

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  23. I saw Jason Lewis walking up 1st Avenue in Minneapolis on Saturday night, August 2nd. A few police officers at the corner of 1st Avenue and 5th Street noticed him too. He looked a little "somber," perhaps in thinking that he may be recognized...

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  24. I'm a little skeptical this was what people think it was... spontaneously quitting and walking off in the middle of a show. However I don't think it was some orchestrated publicity stunt. Like most things... somewhere in the middle.

    Mike Crusham, president and market manager of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Minneapolis/St. Paul, apparently knew Jason was retiring AUG 1. What I can't find in any article is WHEN Mike was informed of that.

    Andrew Lee knew also but not the details.

    The monologue was obviously written ahead of time. Jason is good but not that good to just say all that off the cuff. It was clear time was spent on writing and revising it.

    Earlier in the week he'd referred to JUL 31 as Judgment Day.

    IMHO it was a clever way to build some gravitas around his decision while not being quite so brash as to just walk out of the studio. In any event... well played Mr. Right.

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