What if the US didn’t collapse in a single catastrophic event? What if instead it gradually disintegrated into a socialistic democracy where the rights and freedoms of the individual espoused by our founding fathers are ruled in a court of law as incompatible with the common good? Galt’s Valley is a fictional story that examines the premise that all democracies eventually succumb to the tyranny of the masses and collapse under their own weight rather than by any external threat. After decades of apathy and complacency the individual liberties our founding fathers fought for have been surrendered for the promise of more materialistic equality. What is left of the productive minority is continually pitted against a despotic majority empowered by their legislative enablers. In the wake of constant economic crisis political power brokers and influence traders via for control of the mob setting the country on path toward inevitable collapse. As the country crumbles under the burden of its entitlement culture a number of self-reliant communities like Galt’s Valley emerge as strong holds against the growing violence and expanding federal powers. Eventually a point is reached where the federal authority can no longer tolerate individualism and a crackdown begins in the name of protecting the people. In a battle of exceptional individuals against a democratic horde who will survive? And who would you find yourself siding with?
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In 2011 Dr. Jeffrey Hogan combined his systems engineering background with his interest in survival prepping to identify potential outcomes of an economic collapse; from that initial premise came the foundation of the Galt’s Valley story. Using the writings of Ayn Rand, Alexis de Tocqueville, Alexander Tytler, and Edward Gibbon he built upon the historical and philosophical predisposition for democracies to eventually collapse upon their own weight – something de Tocqueville referred to as the ‘dangers of democracy’. Dr. Hogan holds a BS in Physics, a MA in Systems Management, and a PhD in Education; he also has served more than 22 years as an officer in the United States Air Force. As a civilian he has worked in the Aerospace industry for more than a decade as a program manager and technical lead on several programs analyzing, designing, and developing new space operator training. Jeff currently lives and works in Manitou Springs, Colorado at the base of Pike’s Peak with his wife Molly and three sons Julian, Quinn, and Ian.
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