Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ayn Rand vs. Barack Obama

Obama, aping the villains from Atlas Shrugged, just fired a shot heard 'round the world:

If you understand the implications here, it's time to make YOUR opposition heard. DON'T HIDE YOUR LIGHT UNDER A BUSHEL. Make the point clear, one way or the other, that the capitalist response is not just practical, or utilitarian, but MORAL...because not everyone is simply misguided or ignorant...some are out to burn the house down.

In answer to Obama, on business creation:

"It is morally obscene to regard wealth as an anonymous, tribal product and to talk about 'redistributing' it. The view that wealth is the result of some undifferentiated, collective, process, that we all did something and it's impossible to tell who did what, therefore some sort of equalitarian 'distribution' is necessary--might have been appropriate in a primordial jungle with a savage horde moving boulders by crude physical labor (though even there someone had to initiate and organize the moving)."

"To hold that view in an industrial society--where individual achievements are a matter of public record--is so crass an evasion that even to give it the benefit of the doubt is an obscenity... Mistakes of this size are not made innocently." - Ayn Rand, "What is Capitalism?" in Capitalism the Unknown Ideal

and another one: "Howard Roark laughed-at Barack Obama":

"We inherit the products of the thought of other men. We inherit the wheel. We make a cart. The cart becomes an automobile. The automobile becomes an airplane. But all through the process what we receive from others is only the end product of their thinking. The moving force, is the creative faculty which take this product as material, uses it and originates the next step. This creative faculty cannot be given or received, shared or borrowed. It belongs to single, individual men. That which it creates is the property of the creator. Men learn from one another. But all learning is only the exchange of material. No man can give another the capacity to think. " - Howard Roark's Speech in The Fountainhead

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