The Definition of Terrorist Expanding Under Barack Obama

The definition of terrorist is much like the definition of “criminal” in relation to the political class: they have a motive to enlarge it. No one described this fact more dramatically than Ayn Rand in her novel, Atlas Shrugged, where she has a government bureaucrat lecture CEO and entrepreneur Hank Reardon: “Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up Read more […]

Obama Doesn’t Deserve To Be Free, But What About Us?

Freedom isn’t free. Contrary to what is usually meant by that phrase, what I mean is that what Americans call freedom today isn’t anywhere close to real freedom. Consider this post on Forbes.com: “Obama To America: You Don’t Deserve To Be Free.” It is written by an “Objectivist”—a follower of the atheist writer, Ayn Rand. An excerpt: We radical capitalists say that it was the regulatory-welfare state that imploded in 2008. You may disagree, but let’s argue that out, rather than Read more […]

Implosion Architect Greenspan Blames Us for Being Irrational

The Wall Street Journal has given former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan a careful platform so he can justify himself. The most nauseating thing about this “interview” is it gives us few direct quotations. It mostly summarizes points. Obviously, this is simply the defense that he wishes public to swallow about himself and that the “reporter” Alexandra Wolfe dutifully produced, no doubt allowing him to edit and “correct” the final draft. If we were given a transcript or (better) Read more […]

Herd Immunity and Moral Individualism, Part 2

So what does herd immunity have to do with morals? Bear with me a moment. I believe there is a Moral Consequences Immunity in the realm of ethics which has parallel functions to herd immunity in the realm of epidemiology. In other words, a population of people can be protected from the deleterious consequences of immorality if the vast majority of that population are virtuous. On the other hand, when a large enough percentage of that population embrace immoral behavior, the consequences of that behavior Read more […]

“Do This and Live”

As mentioned in yesterday’s article, Ayn Rand was known for her views of “anti-altruism,” or what she called the virtue of selfishness. However, what Rand called “selfishness” would be more accurate if it was referred to as “self-interest.” Pure selfishness is a total ignorance of the wants or needs of others, while self-interest does not promote such egotistical notions. Leonard Read explains: A vast majority of people in this and other countries, including many noted scholars, confuse Read more […]

Selfishness of the Fittest?

Ayn Rand became famous (infamous) for her views on altruism. As an atheist, Rand was convinced that doing things that were not in the individual’s own self-interest was pure foolishness. In order to make her point she used shocking language—not in the sense of being vulgar, but in the sense of being forthright. The title of one of her philosophical books (in reality, all of her books—even the fictitious ones—were philosophical) was The Virtue of Selfishness. Shocking? You bet. And yet this Read more […]

The Cultural Paradigm of the Democratic Party

I want to start with a quotation from Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention this past August: This Republican narrative — this alternative universe … says that every one of us in this room who amounts to anything, we’re all completely self-made…. We Democrats — we think the country works better with a strong middle class, with real opportunities for poor folks to work their way into it … with a relentless focus on the future, with business and government actually working Read more […]

Will the Left and Right Attack Paul Ryan for His Support of Ayn Rand?

We now know that Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney’s VP pick. Shortly after Congressman Paul Ryan’s appearance at the 2011 Faith and Freedom Conference in D.C., a Bible-waving protester confronted the Chairman of the House Budget Committee and questioned him for modeling his proposed budget after “the extreme ideology of Ayn Rand rather than the basic economic justice values of the Bible.” The protestor offered Ryan a Bible and advised him to “bone up on what it says about how we should treat Read more […]