Expression for undergoing a voluntary financial strike or decrease in income. An individual might choose to do this in order to protest the amount of money going to the government, or to protest what they feel are unfair taxes (if they earn less, they will be taxed less, therefore hurting the government). The term is taken from a character in Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged”; the main character John Galt leads a movement where the wealthiest individuals leave their jobs for low-paying jobs in order to protest the socialist economy.
Pulling a Ron Paul
As a take-off on the concept of Going Galt, I’ve coined Pulling a Ron Paul whereby an individual can break-through the economic glass ceiling, accumulate a little capital or simply forego it, and head to Washington to fight the system full time on its own terms.
In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time; performs an action that is contradictory to their beliefs, ideas, or values; or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas or values.
Leon Festinger‘s theory of cognitive dissonance focuses on how humans strive for internal consistency. An individual who experiences inconsistency tends to become psychologically uncomfortable, and is motivated to try to reduce this dissonance, as well as actively avoid situations and information likely to increase it.
I hate it when I think I’ve coined a term only to discover someone beat me to it – and I must really be late to the game if there’s a wikipedia entry! But alas, I was not the first to label post-Millenials Generation Snowflake. Obviously I didn’t think I coined the term snowflake, but I hadn’t realized the entire generation had been thus Christened, but here it is, from wiki…
Generation Snowflake, or Snowflake Generation, is a term used to characterize young adults of the 2010s as being more prone to taking offense and less resilient than previous generations, or too emotionally vulnerable to cope with views that challenge their own. It is considered derogatory. Some sources attribute the characteristics ascribed to Generation Snowflake to methods of parenting and education, particularly those that focus unduly on boosting self-esteem.
If you’re in a listening mood, here’s a show I did on the phenomenon, though I don’t think I was onto the term “snowflake” yet–I was still on “micro-aggression”: