LR Podcast S2E8: Right on, Rand!

Ayn Rand saw collectivism in all its forms as an impediment to human rights. “The good of society” cannot be the basis of rights, since society is merely a collection of individuals, and so the only proper rights are individual rights.  When we base rights on what is good for society, that begs the question:  Who speaks for society?  Throughout history, such people who claim to speak for society inevitably turn out to be tyrants. You have a few, even a single person, deciding what is good for the people.  Rand thought that people ought to decide for themselves, based upon rational self-interest.

The Virtue of Selfishness, by Ayn Rand, first published in 1964

While on the subject of rational self-interest, John Locke had this to say:

“Any single man must judge for himself whether circumstances warrant obedience or resistance to the commands of the civil magistrate; we are all qualified, entitled, and morally obliged to evaluate the conduct of our rulers. This political judgment, moreover, is not simply or primarily a right, but like self-preservation, a duty to God. As such it is a judgment that men cannot part with according to the God of Nature. It is the first and foremost of our inalienable rights without which we can preserve no other.” ~ John Locke

To listen to the podcast, click here.

If you like that episode, you make like Ayn Rand on Racism, from a couple weeks ago.

Thanks for listening!

J.P. Mac

p.s.: If you like the episode, please give it a generous rating with your podcast provider. Thnx! -JPM

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