“A noiseless course, not meddling with the affairs of others, unattractive of notice, is a mark that society is going on in happiness. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.” –Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper, 1802.
The government is stealing from those who are working under the pretext of taking care of everyone. Those who are working are becoming increasingly unhappy and disgruntled due to how the government is treating them. Atlas wants to shrug.