Friday, August 20, 2010
The Powerful Thought and Philosophy of Ayn Rand
Rational Nation USA
As I see the United States of America, once the finest example of individualism and capitalism turning evermore to progressive collectivist thought, I realize the voices of individuals such as Ayn Rand need to be brought into our daily lexicon .
The continual attempt by academia, the political elite, religious groups, ethnic groups, leviathan government, and the media to guide our thought to the "greater collective (common) good" is merely the attempt to bring us all to that level so desired by the progressive collectivist thought... the level known as mediocrity.
Rather than encouraging excellence and recognizing its superior advantages and value the progressive collectivist would have you believe it should be punished. Their belief system informs them those who aspire to, and achieve excellence, especially in the economic sense, should be punished for their excellence. The means of punishment is through extorting the value they have created at the point of of a bayonet. The force behind the bayonet... the state.
So today I offer a few select excerpts from the writings of Ayn Rand in hopes it creates a curiosity that leads those who are unfamiliar with her philosophy (known as Objectivism) to consider pursuing her liberating principals further. A extensive list of her writings can be found on my Rational Reading page.
Individualism regards man—every man—as an independent, sovereign entity who possesses an inalienable right to his own life, a right derived from his nature as a rational being. Individualism holds that a civilized society, or any form of association, cooperation or peaceful coexistence among men, can be achieved only on the basis of the recognition of individual rights—and that a group, as such, has no rights other than the individual rights of its members.
I dedicate the above to progressive collectivists everywhere.
For more information on Rand and here philosophy please visit the Ayn Rand Institute.