Saturday, July 24, 2010


"To understand the meaning and motives of egalitarianism, project it into the field of medicine. Suppose a doctor is called to help a man with a broken leg and, instead of setting it, proceeds to break the legs of ten other men, explaining that this would make the patient feel better; when all these men become crippled for life, the doctor advocates the passage of a law compelling everyone to walk on crutches—in order to make the cripples feel better and equalize the “unfairness” of nature.

If this is unspeakable, how does it acquire an aura of morality—or even the benefit of a moral doubt—when practiced in regard to man’s mind?"

- Ayn Rand


1 comment:

Kyrel Z' said...

Individual liberty vs. coercive social equality -- that's pretty much the uber-debate and story of the past 220 years!

Freedom for the individual to rise or fall on the merits, or at least based on the opinions of the free market and free society, is the great political and social goal of all time. Forced equality of the individual with his fellows, based on some sort of tyrannical and coercive social mechanism, is the all-time great evil.