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Friday, April 26, 2013

• • Stephen Harper and the decline of altruism in Canada 
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Altruism  |Egoism  | As I ponder the past two years of United Nation’s mocking, treaty and convention abrogation, distrust of science and the muzzling of scientists, closing of libraries, denial of climate change, vilification of NGOs and those who work for them, pandering to dogmatic ideologies based on unchallengeable precepts, diminishing the role of the House of Commons, and rebranding of our National Museum of Civilization, our currency, CIDA, and our global image, I am struck by the scale of the initiative. We are in a national retreat from cooperative gestures, and a growing embrace of selfish, greedy Ayn Randish objectivism.

Monday, April 30, 2012

• • The Times They Are A-Changing – again 
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Altruism  |Atlas Shrugged  |Individualism  | I am struck by the power of observing individual voters and small groups in some detail. If I just confine my analysis to extended family, friends and workmates, the following was evident starting last weekend: [....] growing anger at the Ayn Randian ‘Dagny Taggart objectivism’ of [Wildrose Party leader] Danielle Smith, which tolerated and excused unacceptable statements by Wildrose candidates. It is always a mistake to defend the indefensible.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

• • Is the Wildrose Party up to the task? 

Capitalism  |Egoism  |Individualism  | There’s a distressing whiff of selfishness in Wildrose (Ayn Rand held up selfishness as the basis of a libertarian society). The rich may have a philanthropic urge to help those worse off, but it seems the state has no right to tax for redistributive reasons. The party sees the oil sands as all ours, instead of as a national project with benefits for the whole country. Its belief in rampant individualism ignores the inconvenient truth that humans have NEVER lived apart as individual competitors rather than as part of cooperative groups. In short, Wildrose has a false view of the human condition and of our mutual ethical obligations.

Monday, September 12, 2011

• • Civilization or mindless helplessness? 
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Civilization is not about mindless following of algorithms designed by the government in its unsurpassed wisdom. Civilization is about free individuals understanding and defending the value of fair and informed voluntary exchange. And the more the government usurps the role of an oracle, the further away from civilization we are. Just because concentration camps had meticulously detailed procedures for killing people does not mean that these procedures brought about civilization. As Ayn Rand put it, “Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.”

Friday, June 17, 2011

• • Public art: Monuments to human devolution 
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The Fountainhead  | In the words of Ayn Rand, “Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.” Forcing people to sacrifice their personal interests and freedoms for some undecipherable common good is nothing but an attempt to kill that which separates man from animals.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

• • In support of the abolition of laws prohibiting discrimination 
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The only real reason why group discrimination is bad is that belonging to a group does not make a person better or worse. Ayn Rand called this “the quest for the unearned”.