Intellectual Ammunition - Read AYN RAND !

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Intellectual Ammunition - Read AYN RAND !

READ AYN RAND–especially her greatest work, ATLAS SHRUGGED–and learn to reject the only weapon the socialists have: the morality of altruism, the doctrine that morality consists of serving others and sacrificing yourself. Freedom requires that the implicit philosophy behind ”life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” be made explicit and defended. Ayn Rand argues that your life belongs to YOU. Accept the enemy’s premise, that your life belongs to others, and you’re lost: government will step in and sacrifice your liberty and your property. That’s why the ”turn to the right” of the Reagan years did not last, and why the Republicans have now become a party of big government; they accepted the enemy’s moral code.

The Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights has many resources you can use, at

 http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=media_topic_tea_party.

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DON’T UNDERMINE YOUR FREEDOM BY SUPPORTING THE SOCIALISTS’ MORAL CODE OF SELF-SACRIFICE! INSTEAD, PROUDLY UPHOLD YOUR RIGHT TO YOUR OWN LIFE!

Visit http://www.AynRand.org !


Ayn Rand quotes, from the flyer I passed out at the Troy, Michigan Tea Party:


“Man—every man—is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others. He must exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself. The pursuit of his own rational self-interest and of his own happiness is the highest moral purpose of his life.

“The ideal political-economic system is laissez-faire capitalism. It is a system where men deal with one another, not as victims and executioners, nor as masters and slaves, but as traders, by free, voluntary exchange to mutual benefit. It is a system where no man may obtain any values from others by resorting to physical force, and no man may initiate the use of physical force against others.”

Ayn Rand, “Introducing Objectivism”

“The social system based on and consonant with the altruist morality—with the code of self-sacrifice—is socialism, in all or any of its variants: fascism, Nazism, communism. All of them treat man as a sacrificial animal to be immolated for the benefit of the group, the tribe, the society, the state. Soviet Russia is the ultimate result, the final product, the full, consistent embodiment of the altruist morality in practice; it represents the only way that that morality can ever be practiced.”

Ayn Rand, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

“For centuries, the battle of morality was fought between those who claimed that your life belongs to God and those who claimed that it belongs to your neighbors—between those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of ghosts in heaven and those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of incompetents on earth. And no one came to say that your life belongs to you and that the good is to live it.”

Ayn Rand, ATLAS SHRUGGED

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Another great reference:

http://principlesofafreesociety.com/ 


"A free society requires a limited government
that enacts and enforces objective laws
for the sole purpose of protecting individual rights."


" A free society is one where the government does not interfere (by penalty or reward) in thought, production or trade. A free society requires a separation of:
    * Church and State
    * Science and State
    * Education and State
    * Economics and State "


"What makes a society free? What does it mean for an individual to be free—free to pursue his rights to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness? Just how free are we in the “land of the free and the home of the brave”? And most importantly, what must we now do to achieve the type of free society that our Founding Fathers envisioned? What did they miss that we must now fight for?

"In a free society the government’s role is crucial but delimited: the government possesses only those powers delegated to it and necessary for the protection of each citizen’s individual rights against force and fraud. So long as men are voluntarily dealing with one another when they can reach agreement and going their separate ways when they cannot (i.e., exercising their individual rights), the state has no role to play in the affairs of men.

"Consider these questions: In a free society, should there be:

    * regulations imposed on businesses in addition to objective criminal and civil laws?
    * a public education system implementing state-influenced curricula and teaching methods?
    * restrictions on free speech in the name of not offending others?
    * an ability for the government to seize real estate in the name of eminent domain?
    * a central banking system that holds a monopoly over the supply of money?

"Explore these pages to learn more about Ayn Rand’s answers to these and many more questions. Learn more about the principles necessary for a truly free society.

"A free society requires a limited government
that enacts and enforces objective laws
for the sole purpose of protecting individual rights ."



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Bill,

You are absolutely right to recommend Ayn Rand for us to read and learn!  She spells it all out in her book, "The Virtue of Selfishness" and her book "Objectivist Epistemology" by using flawless logic and common sense to explain that man's first obligation is to himself in the struggle of survival.  Her philosophy of objectivism, to me, represents the culmination of all who came before her who have espoused the basic right and necessity of man to be free from harm and tyranny.  
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gili4 wrote
Bill,

You are absolutely right to recommend Ayn Rand for us to read and learn!  She spells it all out in her book, "The Virtue of Selfishness" and her book "Objectivist Epistemology" by using flawless logic and common sense to explain that man's first obligation is to himself in the struggle of survival.  Her philosophy of objectivism, to me, represents the culmination of all who came before her who have espoused the basic right and necessity of man to be free from harm and tyranny.  


Thanks.

Actually, though, Ayn Rand would NEVER use the phrase "struggle of survival."  The 19th century so-called defenders of capitalism actually did it a great disservice, by associating freedom with some sort of animal-like Darwinian struggle for existence.

The human method of survival is totally different from the animals'.  Animals don't produce, they merely grab what's available.  That's a struggle in which the more one has, the less there is for others.

But HUMANS survive by thinking, and reshaping nature to suit their own ends.  This CREATES NEW WEALTH that never existed before.  Did Thomas Edison's success HARM others?  or BENEFIT them?  In "Atlas Shrugged" there's a passage in which Dagny Taggart gazes at rust streaks on the side of a canyon, and thinks that's all they were to the Indians: rust streaks.  Whereas under capitalism, entrepreneurs like herself and Hank Rearden turn those rust streaks into steel, into rails and bridges, and into a transcontinental transportation system that benefits everyone.

By contrast, Marxism is irretrievably flawed at the root: it views the human mind as impotent, as a passive thing to be shaped by deterministic forces.  Therefore, to a Marxist, human thought, planning and entrepreneurship are UNREAL.  Marxists like Obama view employers merely as exploiters and predators, not as the creators of NEW WEALTH they really are.

Under laizzez-faire capitalism, Ayn Rand argued, one man's success benefits EVERYONE.  It's only under statist gangster regimes (like Lenin's, Hitler's or Obama's) that others are a threat to you--because the tyrannical government steals from some to give to privileged favorites of the regime.

Thanks again!