Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ayn Rand

I found this video about Ayn Rand. Watch it.

How is this philosophy consistent with the self-styled "Christian" right?

I'm tempted to say that her philosophy is just plain evil and that she is a bad person, but I am persuaded by Ralph Nader's assertion that she was simply overreacting to the horror of applied communism in her native land. Unfortunately there are many in the upper echelons of our government who seek to apply her extreme philosophies.

Here are some interesting Ayn Rand Quotes:

“If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that must be rejected.”

“Evil requires the sanction of the victim.”

“Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life...”

“Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.”

“Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.”

“There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.”

“If it's worth doing it's worth overdoing.”

“I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals and I loathe humanity for its failure to live up to these possibilities.”

“My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose.”

“But why should you care what people will say? All you have to do is please yourself.”

“And now I see the face of god, and I raise this god over the earth, this god whom men have sought since men came into being, this god who will grant them joy and peace and pride.
This god, this one word: I”

“[T]he only real moral crime that one man can commit against another is the attempt to create, by his words or action, the impression of the contradictory, the impossible, the irrational, and thus shake the concept of rationality in his victim.”

“And then there's your 'brotherly love morality. Why is it moral to serve others, but not yourself? If enjoyment is a value, why is it moral when experienced by others, but not by you? Why is it immoral to produce something of value and keep it for yourself, when it is moral for others who haven't earned it to accept it?”

“The proper method of judging when or whether one should help another person is by reference to one’s own rational self-interest and one’s own hierarchy of values: the time, the money or effort one gives or the risk one takes should be proportionate to the value of the person in relation to one’s own happiness.”

“according to the Christian mythology, he died on the cross not for his own sins but for the sins of the nonideal people. In other words, a man of perfect virtue was sacrificed for men who are vicious and who are expected or supposed to accept that sacrifice.”

“a self-sufficient ego, nothing else matters.”

Ayn Rand believed:

-people are born “tabula rasa” blank slates and as such all have the same opportunities to succeed, if you fail it is your fault.

-women should not be president

-homosexuality was immoral and perverted

-the disabled who cannot take care of themselves ought to rely on voluntary charity, if it is not given, the weak deserve their fate.

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