Monday, November 30, 2009
Any Rand Monday
Statism in all it's various forms is alive and well all over the world, the United States of America included. As much as there are those who chose, either out of ignorance, or choice because they believe the state knows best over the will of the people, statism nonetheless is a powerful force in American politics today.
Perhaps it is because the people in America today, as Europe has for centuries, want to believe government is the answer to the social and economic problems inherent in existence itself. Nothing could be further from the truth. The very premise of our Republic is that government should be limited. That a government that fears the people insures liberty and individualism. And that a government that is feared by the people results in tyranny. Today the roles in America are rapidly reversing themselves ,and we the people are more and more working for a government that will in time suffocate the people and control those it should rightly serve.
Whether this happens or not is up to us. To make certain it does not happen will require the American people shed their apathy and complacency and become intimately involved in the politics and workings of OUR national government. RN USA sincerely hopes that day comes soon.
Now for what is likely the last Ayn Rand Monday.
Rand quotes of the week.
•That which you call your soul or spirit is your consciousness, and that which you call 'free will' is your mind's freedom to think or not, the only will you have, your only freedom, the choice that controls all the choices you make and determines your life and your character.
• Capitalism demands the best of every man – his rationality – and rewards him accordingly. It leaves every man free to choose the work he likes, to specialize in it, to trade his product for the products of others, and to go as far on the road of achievement as his ability and ambition will carry him.
• The Middle Ages were an era of mysticism, ruled by blind faith and blind obedience to the dogma that faith is superior to reason. The Renaissance was specifically the rebirth of reason, the liberation of man's mind, the triumph of rationality over mysticism -- a faltering, incomplete, but impassioned triumph that led to the birth of science, of individualism, of freedom.
A final Ayn Rand video.