We've all heard someone ask: “Who are you to judge me?” or some variant of that question. It's a defensive question usually asked by someone who reasonably expects to be judges harshly by their peers for some ethical or moral transgression. It's safe to say that someone secure in the notion that society or their peers would judge their actions favorably, is not going to pose this rhetorical question. A good retort to that question might be: “Who are you that you are above judgment?”
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.
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.
Racism, as a collectivist pursuit, was anathema to her strictly individualistic Objectivism. To her, all forms of collectivism be they socialism, fascism, or racism were immoral on the basis that collectivism on the national level, ultimately and inevitably leads to authoritarianism and the trampling of individual rights by the government. Racism therefore, would necessitate that same authoritarian brand of government that all other forms of collectivism required in order to sustain itself on a national level.
I at long last, have bought and read a copy of The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Before now, I had only read quotes and brief excerpts from it. I was acquainted with it through commentary on it, but I knew once Democrats started to openly profess their socialist leanings I'd have … Continue reading My Initial Reaction to The Communist Manifesto
The new movie Death of a Nation, by Dinesh D'Souza, is now out in theaters. Its main premise is that Donald Trump finds himself governing over an extremely divided nation, much as Abraham Lincoln did just before and during the Civil War. Like in his previous movies, the protagonists are the Republicans and conservatives. … Continue reading Movie Review: Death of a Nation
Dinesh D'Souza Talks About America's Changing Morality Wednesday night, I got to meet one of my heroes of conservative thought, author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza. As soon as I saw his picture on a New Jersey Family Policy Council mailer, I knew I just had to go. Luckily I was able to manage a ticket. … Continue reading Dinesh D’Souza Talks About America’s Changing Morality
https://youtu.be/Bxn5I6tnU_Y Democrats and the liberal media have pushed this false notion of the Republican party being a party of racists and bigots. It's the Democrats that actually have a dark history, and unlike what they'd have you believe, they haven't changed that much in the last century. Hillary's America shows how the Clintons fit into … Continue reading New Dinesh D’Souza movie sheds light on shady Democratic party
Star Wars VII The Force Awakens, by Disney studios, is a throwback to the original trilogy. There is no anti -capitalist message like in Avatar.
There is one scene that crystallizes the nature of the societal dysfunction that Ayn Rand tries to highlight. Dagny and a band of her compatriots from Atlantis raid a Government Lab where the movement's leader is being held. When she encounters the guard at the door, she gives him a stark choice, let her and her associates in, or die. The guard is befuddled.