Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Why I Am Not an Objectivist, #2311

Ayn Rand on the theft of Native American Lands:
They didn't have any rights to the land, and there was no reason for anyone to grant them rights which they had not conceived and were not using . . . . What was it that they were fighting for, when they opposed white men on this continent? For their wish to continue a primitive existence, their 'right' to keep part of the earth untouched, unused and not even as property, but just keep everybody out so that you will live practically like an animal, or a few caves above it. Any white person who brings the element of civilization has the right to take over this continent. <Lawyers, Gun$ and Money>

Hmm... Greenspan hearts Rand. Probably thinks they Iraqis live like animals in caves, too. Which is why the civilized Americans need to liberate their oil. Well, as long as we are all as selfish and greedy as possible, it will all work out in the end, right? ...right?


Red Jenny said...

Sadly, Mike, she has a large following. Why, I'll never know... I think maybe she makes people feel superior when they are actually just selfish assholes.

There are lots of libertarians I respect (indeed I think of myself as something like a collectivist, socialist, or cooperative libertarian), but she is not one of them!

Larry Gambone said...

Hi RJ, Great posting! Liked it so much I posted on my blog too - with credits to you, natch! As a libertarian socialist I find Rand dispicable and only slightly more libertarian than Mussolini.

Dark Daughta said...

I've seen the name bandied around, but don't know her writing. Now I'm not sure I really want to know. But I will follow the link.