Friday, April 26, 2013
• • Stephen Harper and the decline of altruism in Canada
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
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monday, September 12, 2011
• • Civilization or mindless helplessness?
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
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
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”.