Yeah, that is how I would interpret it. Somewhere around here I posted a 30 page condensed edition of Atlas Shrugged if you really feel the need to review it .. the movies were Meh. ( if the woman would have submitted to having an editor, she might have written something great..and the movies followed what she wrote so... )
I am sure with the recent Dread Traitor Roberts court decisions your friend might have woken up and realized this is no longer America ( and hasn't been for some time) "Who is John Galt?" is used as an expression of resignation to and acknowledgement of the fact that the world is completely crazy and non-nonsensical and there isn't a hell of a lot you can do about it as an individual. (is also a hint to suggest John Galt is behind it for taking the top smart/producing people out of the world)
Really, remove the top producers you may hasten the collapse because they have to make do with second best-- but it will come just the same even if the brightest don't quit.
My wife was talking about doing a full-on tax revolt after the decisions this week. Perhaps this is my cowardice talking - but I don't see the point. They will simply print up the difference as their second best solution. Yes it may hasten the collapse a little - but even if 1/2 of the (producing) people who actually pay taxes participate, it deprives the fed of 1 Trillion? They just print the difference. (Actually- who is to say they aren't already being hit hard by refusal of people ot pay taxes and just reporting "record tax revenues" - If the Fed give a bank a loan and they report it as "income" then wouldn't that money just come back to the treasury as "revenue"?)
You can't hurt them much via the tax purse strings because they still have a printing press and the world reserve currency. By a flashy show of not paying taxes you are just sticking your next out and allowing them to deprive you of resources just before a massive event of civil unrest when you will need them most. And there is no need for it- go Galt and lower your income to the point where the government is paying You on net. This can be done completely legally ( they encourage dependance upon government after all) only you won't be dependent.. just pissed off, armed and leeching. And it takes a long time to get there IMO. If your friend finally started... he needs encouragement..