Mother Jones: Libertarians Plan to Sit Out the Coming Collapse of America…in Chile

Chile_630Ken Johnson’s Jeep crests a ridgetop on a dusty track a few miles off the private tollway that connects Santiago and Valparaíso, Chile. He gets out, takes a swig of beer, and gestures at the hardwood forests rising up to the craggy mountaintops. Below, Pacific coastal scrub stretches toward the lemon groves where cooks are roasting three lambs on an open fire. “Look at that, look at how majestic that is,” Johnson says. “That is awesome.”

Welcome to Galt’s Gulch Chile, a libertarian refuge from the coming economic, social, and political collapse of the United States. The would-be free-market utopia, named after the mountain redoubt of the protagonist of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, is taking advance payments (Bitcoins gladly accepted) for parcels on its 11,000 acres. (Read the rest.)


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Steven Bodzin is a reporter. He blogged when he was a freelancer.

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