Well reasoned opportunism taken literally still remains what it is. I don't
reason against it and nature has good reason for these tendencies locally.
My main problem is that I just can't picture myself around a bunch of Rand
fans licking their fingers "greed is good, keep deregulating all things
financial, if my greed implies profit through poisoning the earth, good
because stellar Profits....muahahaha!!!" Where's the fun in that, except
maybe for Halloween or something?
So this is mere aesthetic Muahahaha refutation, where I understand and am
convinced the reasoning is sound on many levels, but I am disgusted by
being pushed into situations in which I have to think and operate in that
kind of way, reducing people to vectors greed related, thus determining my
circles. So I do my best to avoid being Gollum ;-) PGC
On Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 9:18 AM, Telmo Menezes <te...@telmomenezes.com>wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 12:36 AM, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:
> > On 11/3/2013 3:17 PM, Telmo Menezes wrote:
> > On Sun, Nov 3, 2013 at 11:51 PM, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:
> >> On 11/3/2013 10:49 AM, John Clark wrote:
> >>> Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is considered by many to be a
> >>> intellectual, in fact the leading intellectual on the Supreme Court,
> >> Of course that "many" consists of bible thumping Tea Baggers, worshipers
> >> of
> >> Ayn Rand, and snake handlers who have general contempt for
> >> "intellectuals".
> > I don't understand how Ayn Rand find herself in such dubious company.
> > She was a harsh critic of religion and she essentially praised
> > science, philosophy and other intellectual pursuits as the source of
> > all that is good in the world.
> > Because she preached greed is good
> I think it was Gordon Gekko who preached that greed is good :)
> In fact, Gordon Gekko's speculative activities would be much harder to
> pull off without the leverage made possible by fiat money, which Rand
> > and implied that if you were richer and
> > more powerful than other people it was no reason to do anything to help
> > them, you earned it (even if you inherited it).
> In Atlas Shrugged, an important story arc is the contrast between two
> inheritors: Dagny and James Taggart. Dagny is a hero and Taggart is a
> villan in the story. She never opposes helping anyone, she just
> opposes being forced to do so.
> Furthermore, her point is that competition in a free market actually
> helps everybody -- by providing better goods and services at lower
> prices -- while redistribution of money based on violence does not,
> and is in fact generally a con used by politicians to extract even
> more money from the population.
> The ineffectiveness of wealth redistribution through taxation is not
> such a crazy idea. Compare this graph:
> with this one:
> > And it would be immoral for
> > the government to take any of your money to help those proles.
> Because this is ultimately enforced by violent means. If you oppose
> violence, again, not such a crazy idea that you would consider this
> > This of
> > course appeals to people with money and power who fund political
> > movements that oppose anything that might upset their favored position in
> > society.
> Ok, but it's not her fault if her ideas are distorted. She abhorred
> religion, as I said.
> > She glorified the ultra-individualist. Did you read about her
> > thoughts on William Hickman?
> > "...the amazing picture of a man with no regard whatsoever for all that a
> > society holds sacred, and with a consciousness all his own. A man who
> > stands alone, in action and in soul. … Other people do not exist for him,
> > and he does not see why they should." She called him "a brilliant,
> > exceptional boy," shimmering with "immense, explicit egotism." Rand had
> > one regret: "A strong man can eventually trample society under its feet.
> > That boy [Hickman] was not strong enough."
> No, I don't even know who Hickman was. Wikipedia mentions a
> frontiersman, a stunt driver and a criminal. Who is she referring to
> an in what contest?
> > She was so taken with idea of the Ubermensch and hatred of communism that
> > she did not appreciate that man is a social being and progress depends on
> > empathy and cooperation as much as genius.
> Again, I find this to be a distortion. She highly praises free
> cooperation and natural empathy. She opposes that these things should
> be enforced by violent means.
> > Brent
> > "If I have seen farther than other men it is because I have stood on the
> > shoulders of giants."
> Yes, Rand thought the same. On a side note, Newton tried to make a
> fortune by speculating in stocks (and failed miserably). Ayn Rand
> never speculated in stocks, as far as I know.
> > --- Isaac Newton
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