The Uncompromised Case for Capitalism
Ayn Rand Institute®
August 15, 2012 by Yaron Brook
Yaron being on this show is proof of the positive effect Ryan, in spite of his inconsistencies, can have on Objectivism.
As usual, wonderfully crystal clear and very courageous Yaron! I hope the Romney-Ryan ticket will turn the debate in the mainstream to a much needed philosophical debate - collectivism vs. individualism, freedom vs. tyranny. No doubt this could turn into a smear campaign against Ayn Rand’s ideas but anyone who is willing to think will discover the truth through reason, the law of identity, cause and effect.
Excellent commentary by Yaron Brook on the Ryan/Rand relationship, and what kind of a campaign is needed to appeal to the sense of life and values of the American people in order to win the election while recognizing the fiscal crisis that we all face.
I had found this on Yahoo Finance then came here to report my find. No need for that so I’ll just note that I think this exposure to non-Objectivists (and, I believe, non religious-conservatives) went very well and is just what’s needed; if enemies of Objectivism do all the talking in this context, I don’t see how it would be good for progress — the left will do most of the “teaching” about Ayn Rand and spread their hatred of her even farther. BTW, if Yaron had been able to plug his and Don’s forthcoming book, this interview would have been even better!
Sorry, I forgot to include my name and didn’t intend to write an anonymous comment.
The above Yahoo! Finance video link for Yaron’s interview shows up on my PC but not on my Mac laptop or my iPad. Strangely, on its Yahoo page, the link shows on the PC and the iPad but not on the Mac laptop.
I’ll be blunt - I was very disappointed in Yaron’s answer here. The only way he really distinguishes between Rand and Ryan is that Ryan isn’t atheist, and then he goes on to say that Paul Ryan probably understands that it’s wrong to forcefully take from one person to give to another. Totally ignores Ryan’s pro-redistributionist deficit swelling votes: the support of the auto-bailout (redistribution from taxpayers to the auto-makers and unions), the support of the bank-bailout (redistribution from taxpayers to the bankers), and completely indefensible support of the Medicare D drug expansion (redistribution from taxpayers to seniors). And that’s just for starters.
If Paul Ryan was a character in a Rand novel, he’d be one of the villians.
Could not agree more. I appreciate mentions of Ayn Rand, but as usual (Greenspan), she is then associated with their wrongheaded policies.
Thomas Jefferson was instrumental into mainstreaming the idea of inalienable rights, yet he held slaves. An all-or-nothing approach will us nowhere.
Have you heard of Howard Roark, Mr. Keating?
So, Samuel, do you mean to imply that we should only vote for candidates who are 100% in line with Objectivist principles or no one at all?
Whoops! Meant to say “will get us nowhere.”
*Political campaigning is not the cause of a country’s intellectual state or intellectual trends (tendency). A political campaign is the final result(ends). In a political campaign one cashes-in on the state of political/philosophical knowledge of any given society.* - Ayn Rand
Its so wonderful how Miss Rand’s oeuvre continues to spiral back to explain, put your mind at ease and refocus when the daily news feed throws a fireball into the discussion.
Much credit has to be given to faculty for their activities and clarifications as to the real issues - where the enemy tactics are reduced to mixing-up an already mixed premise culture.
Keep a cool head and recall other wise words of another ‘media-savant’:
‘Talk good - talk bad but talk about.’
Where the truth of the rational/honest side will eventually evolve itself out of the tar-pit.
And how about this one:
‘There is still a wide gap between us with not much time to go. There are still a number of issues where we’re looking at the world differently. . . uh, I’m not sure that there has been a recognition of the economics of our world . . . I mean the greater world. . . . I do think its fair to say that the sides are still apart; far apart, have different views of the world and the issues from a constructive standpoint.’ - Gary Bettmann NHL Commissioner
?!*wtfudge*!? - irrellevant eh? well, not as much as you would think - remember how professional sports was in the 60’s(modern form of feudalism) until it embraced capitalism - recognition of an individual’s ability then rewarding accordingly - no longer subordinating to the team. (spotlight on the ‘Marquis player’that you can build the team around)
Which brings me to my ultimate reason for posting:
ie. a man and his motor that Miss Rand predicted that you could build a civilization around.
The three parameters required for a rational future for Man is that the common culture accept Reason, Production and Egoïsm as THE primaries - not gonna happen soon in the mystic, consumtion and altruism majority as it is. For some on here its evidently stressful - needlessly so, because – you are right!
As mentioned previously ARI is a *501(c)(3) nonprofit* and has limitations as to what level it can be a *radical for capitalism*. Resolving this within your own view of Justice can be difficult and psycologically damaging. You can solve this when you discover that you do not have to go *over the falls* paddling with faculty against the rest of the world. A refuge (Galt’s Gulch) where we live by the three projected parameters of Ayn Rand’s Objectivism:
Moral Code : Motive Power : Motor Unit
Just like she predicted - In the story Hank and Dagny thought that the fight was to confront and call-out your enemies. John Galt saved them from becoming sacrificial animals when he shows them that this only serves as self-martyrdom.
‘You do not have to convince or conquer the world.’
‘The looters code must run for once, its undisguised course.’
and the only moral avenue is to ‘withdraw your sanction. Withdraw your support.’ There is now a place to withdraw TO - Its here, it exists - come and join us when you’ve awakened to this inevitable reality.
And I mean it.