AYNRAND THE SAINT OF CORPORATE GREED
In as much as I give credit to Ms. Rand for having survived the despotism of communism in Russia and the ill fated thinking that society is supreme to the individual, her work took her to the extreme of the opposit pole namely the "individual's supremacy over society" which ironically outlines a circle and cycle of despotic thinking: I rebel against all thought of the community's power over me and in doing so I then become the supreme entity over the community..which in turns leads to another form of despotism over and over again in a circular fashion.
The idea that the INDIVIDUAL IS SUPREME AND THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE, the idea that ABSOLUTE INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM is the goal and purpose of the American Dream...is a stretch which is extremely dangerous since it is the foundation of all dictatorships by single dictators. Today Ayn Rand's ideas have been taken up by Teaparty Libertarian ideology as pretty much its base and foundation. Any form of Government is oppression, the individual SELF AND EGO and its promotion thereof is the basis and should be the basis for the American concept of Freedom...THIS IS TOTALLY FALSE!
If there are any solid contributions of Ayn Rand to the world these can be seen by the abuse of Free Market Captialism where the IDOL OF PROFIT AND IDOLATRY OF SELF reigns supreme therefore leading to actions where only THE STRONGEST survives and its more visible consequences: Crime, WallStreet Abuse, layoffs for the maximization of profits, THAT ULTIMATELY LEAD TO THE DESTRUCTION OF SOCIETY AND THE WORLD.
The FOUNDING FATHERS OF THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION were "common sense" individuals OPPOSE TO EXTREMES and lovers of BALANCE. The constitution is THE SHRINE of BALANCED THINKING and totally opposed to extremes. Constitution focuses on the Balance of Power as well as the Balance between the Individual Freedom and the Enhancement of the Common Welfare. For our Founding Fathers TRUE INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM in the form of THE BILL OF RIGHTS can only be assured by an effective Government protecting and acting as referee between the success of the ONE to the success of the MANY...and the protection of those who fail or are made to fail by unforseen uncontrolled circustances. In addition Government was also enshrined with the ability to make life better for all without despotically controlling any. In other words we all contribute to our common welfare while recognizing that we are individually free. This can only happen with a continual stride for balancing, compromising and negotiating.
AYN RAND's stance on the SUPREMACY OF SELF which she took to even attempt to destroy fundamental Christian values (whether one is atheist or believer) only leads to the creation of A SOCIETY OF SMALL LITTLE HITLERS going around...this cannot be sustained and society cannot be formed and built on the basis of LITTLE HITLERS GOING AROUND.....her values will never triumph anywhere and her ideas were not only fallacious but totally wrong and nearly idiotic...
More about Ms. Ayn Rand http://thinkprogress.org/?p=159391
Greenspan, AynRand and Their God That Failed | Common Dreams http://t.co/cV2uBl7
The Sociology of the Ayn Rand Cult http://www.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/rothbard23.html
Stephen Colbert @ColbertReport vs #AynRand
Ayn Rand was really not the inventor/founder of "objectivism" She just took pieces from other real philosophers such as Plato, Socrates and Aristotle and combined their "realism" philosophy into "objectivism" there is no ingenuity in her use of this term
Rand's explanation of values presents the view that an individual's primary moral obligation is to achieve his own well-being—it is for his life and his self-interest that an individual ought to adhere to a moral code. Egoism is a corollary of setting man's life as the moral standard A corollary to Rand's endorsement of self-interest is her rejection of the ethical doctrine of altruism—which she defined in the sense of Auguste Comte's altruism (he coined the term), as a moral obligation to live for the sake of others. Rand did not use the term "selfishness" with the negative connotations that it usually has, but to refer to a form of rational egoism:
"To live, man must hold three things as the supreme and ruling
values of his life: Reason, Purpose, Self-esteem."
The essence of Objectivist ethics is summarized by the oath her
Atlas Shrugged character John Galt adhered to:
I swear—by my life and my love of it—that
I will never live for the sake of another man,
nor ask another man to live for mine.
ATLAS SHRUGGED Plunges 70%: Box Office
Among the Tomatometer's top critics, Atlas Shrugged has absolutely no chance of becoming a cult hit. To date, Rupert Murdoch's New York Post is the only outlet that has offered some (cautiously worded) praise for Atlas Shrugged. Other critics were considerably less kind; among those was Variety's Peter Debruge, who opined: "Part one of a trilogy that may never see completion, this hasty, low-budget adaptation would have AynRand spinning in her grave."
LINKS ON THE EFFECT OF HER EVIL IDEOLOGY ON HER DISCIPLES TODAY
#AynRand Disciple @RepRonPaul : ‘Why Not?’ Abolish FEMA,
Government Should Not ‘Take Care Of Us When We Do Dumb Things …
http://t.co/v2RXWAj via @thinkprogress
#AynRand Disciple @HaleyBarbour to Poor Residents Facing Historic Floods: Good Luck,
You're Basically on Your Own http://t.co/Iwgm7t2
#AynRand Disciple @RepRonPaul Calls Social Security and Medicare Unconstitutional,
Compares Them to ‘Slavery’
#AynRand Disciple @SenToomey to destroy #medicaid turning Medicaid into a block grant program for the states.
#AynRand to The #Republican Party IS like Osama Bin Laden to AlQaida
#AynRand #Republican party should be #BRANDED party of #Selfishness and #Greed !! breaking our constitutional protections in support of #corporatism > concentration of #wealth and #power...exactly what our #foundingfathers fought against in their concept of #limitedgovernment
============= FALLACIES OF FREE MARKET OR CAPITALIST ECONOMIC THEORY==
mahilena Real #free-market self corrections would be to kill inefficient workers(or let them starve to death). Because they can't adapt fast enough. Humans are obsolete. They can't keep up with progress
Disappointed in #Austrian #aynrand Economics http://j.mp/lJwo4T
mahilena #BLIND FAITH IN THE VIRTUE OF THE #FREE #MARKET Every aspect of existence its byproduct - religion, family, morality, creativity, politics, community, tradition, ethnicity - was declared merely a byproduct of the marketplace.
The true costs of #Reagan and #extreme #capitalism #capitalismfailure
#tcot #teaparty #gop
#teaparty #gop #tcot
The issue is that the economic policies of the #Reagan administration were designed to primarily benefit wealthy Americans. At the time a lot of smoke and mirrors were used to convince average Americans that these policies would help them as well. A similar set of lies has been used by those, like Steve Forbes, who promote a flat tax system.
What the "Trickle-Down"/Supply Side policies of the Reagan administration were designed to do was to increase the amount of money available to wealthy Americans for investing and developing businesses. This was intended to create an increase in production of products and services and hence and increase in new jobs. The reason that the policy is called Supply Side, is because the supply of goods increases before there is a demand for goods. So, in that case, the supply of goods is intended to then spark demand, resulting in economic growth.
This use of Supply Side policy led to a huge increase in consumerism and the use of credit. An environment of consumerism was created in American society through the media via advertisements, movies, and television shows, etc. that promoted consumerism. Consumers though, did not have the money to fulfill the desires created by society so debt was used to participate in the economy. Restrictions on credit were loosened under the Reagan administration making it easier for individuals to gain credit lines because the use of credit was essential to growing the economy because real wages were not going up for the average American, yet it was essential that the average American increase spending in order to fuel the economy. This situation fueled female entry into the workforce as more households require two workers to maintain their standard of living Conservative policies failed America and it was deliberate and yes they still try to sell the same nonsense