Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Ayn Rand on Expressing Sympathy for the Enemy in Wartime

This quotation is from the Letters of Ayn Rand book.


I.M Fletcher said...

Still don't buy that Rand should be a heroine for the Right. New article by George Monbiot out today, where he writes -

[Rand's philosophy] has a fair claim to be the ugliest philosophy the post-war world has produced. Selfishness, it contends, is good, altruism evil, empathy and compassion are irrational and destructive. The poor deserve to die; the rich deserve unmediated power. It has already been tested, and has failed spectacularly and catastrophically. Yet the belief system constructed by Ayn Rand, who died 30 years ago today, has never been more popular or influential.

Rand was a Russian from a prosperous family who emigrated to the United States. Through her novels (such as Atlas Shrugged) and her non-fiction (such as The Virtue of Selfishness(1)) she explained a philosophy she called Objectivism. This holds that the only moral course is pure self-interest. We owe nothing, she insists, to anyone, even to members of our own families. She described the poor and weak as “refuse” and “parasites”, and excoriated anyone seeking to assist them. Apart from the police, the courts and the armed forces, there should be no role for government: no social security, no public health or education, no public infrastructure or transport, no fire service, no regulations, no income tax.

MORE - http://bit.ly/wsE1qX

It sounds as bad, in it's way, as Communism.

Bosch Fawstin said...

This George Moonbat makes a cartoon case against Rand because like many of her critics, they have to lie in order to try to discredit her ideas.

Bosch Fawstin said...

As for your final comment, Rand was argualbly Communism's greatest opponent, so I recommend reading Rand before turning into Moonbat George