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|"Do not hide behind such superficialities as whether you should or should not give a dime to a beggar. That is not the issue. The issue is whether you do or do not have the right to exist without giving him that dime. The issue is whether you must keep buying your life, dime by dime, from any beggar who might choose to approach you. The issue is whether the need of others is the first mortgage on your life and the moral purpose of your existence. The issue is whether man is to be regarded as a sacrificial animal. Any man of self-esteem will answer: 'No.' Altruism says: 'Yes'." -- Ayn Rand in Faith and Force: The Destroyers of the Modern World
"...the first thing to be aware of is that the basic principles of ethics or morality are widely disputed, not at all self-evident and uncontroversial. Thus at the least it should be clear that any claim that the moral or ethical opposes the technological and scientific is brazenly question begging, presumptuous.
"That which is proper to each thing is by nature best and most pleasant for it; for humans, therefore, the life according to reason is best and most pleasant, since reason more than anything else IS human. This life therefore is also the happiest." -- Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics, Book X, Ch. 7
"Morality has been the monopoly of mystics, i.e., of subjectivists, for centuries ... Most men, therefore, find it particularly difficult to regard ethics as a science ..." -- Ayn Rand, in The Objectivist Newsletter,HERE
"Ethics is not a mystic fantasy -- nor a social convention -- nor a dispensible, subjective luxury, to be switched or discarded in any emergency. Ethics is anobjective, metaphysical necessity of man's survival-- not by the grace of the supernatural nor of your neighbors nor of your whims, but by the grace of reality and the nature of life." -- Ayn Rand in The Virtue of Selfishness
"What is morality? It is a code of values to guide man's choices and actions. ... Man has no automatic code of survival. His particular distinction from all other living species is the necessity to act in the face of alternatives by means of volitional choice." -- Ayn Rand in Faith and Force: The Destroyers of the Modern World
Conversely, see "Beware the Liberal-Corporate Complex!" HERE.
"Democrats like to present themselves as the party of the downtrodden while characterizing the GOP as the party of the selfish rich. But a study by the Catalogue of Philanthropy suggests the opposite may be true." -- James Taranto, HERE and HERE.
"I came out of college with lots of trappings of '60s radicalism which had been tempered somewhat by the fact that almost all the real radicals I knew were assholes. You know, the guys who were 'for the people,' but really just seemed to hate people. And guys who wanted to be in Weatherman mainly so they could get into fights." – Dave Barry, in his interview by Glenn Garvin
"Somebody talkin' 'bout 'peace and love' when they really wanna start a fight."– lyrics to "Let Love Carry You Along" by Toni Brown, recorded by the group Joy of Cooking on the Capitol label in 1972. If you have a broadband connection you can hear a clip by clicking HERE.
"Liberals are always running around with their fists clenched. That's why it's so hard to shake hands with them." -- Neal Boortz
"A code of values accepted by choice is a code of morality. ... Whoever you are, you who are hearing me now, I am speaking to whatever living remnant is left uncorrupted within you, to the remnant of the human, to your mind, and I say: There is a morality of reason, a morality proper to man, and Man's Life is its standard of value. ... All that which is proper to the life of a rational being is the good; all that which destroys it is the evil." -- Ayn Rand, HERE
"To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is good." – Alexander Solzhenitsyn
"Very little trouble has been caused in the world by insincere efforts. An occasional seduction maybe. There were very few insincere Stalinists or Nazis." --P.J. O'Rourke
This short story excerpt provides a stunning picture of how altruism destroys peoples' lives.
"Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive." – Ayn Rand
"Of all the nonsense that twists the world, the concept of 'altruism' is the worst." -- Robert A. Heinlein's character Jubal Harshaw in Stranger in a Strange Land.
"Of all the irrational moral codes ever foisted upon mankind, altruism has proven to be by far the most evil. It has been used by countless tribal, religious and political leaders to justify the enslavement of, and the murder of, literally hundreds of millions of their own peoples." – Bert Rand
"If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject." -- Ayn Rand
"Even six-year-olds who scream, 'You're selfish!' have agendas." – Rick Gaber
A 17-year-old hIgh school commencement speaker stands up to the education- establishment "idea police" HERE.
"Politicians never accuse you of 'greed' for wanting other people's money -- only for wanting to keep your own money."-- Joseph Sobran
“Landlords are just being selfish by wanting higher rents.” ANSWER: Why is it okay for tenants to be selfish by wanting lower rents?"HERE
"Sociotropic voters with biased economic beliefs are more likely to produce severe political failures than are selfish voters with rational expectations." -- Bryan Caplan
Most of the wealthy inherited their money, right? WRONG!!! But even if they did, it ain't YOURS to dispose of anyway.
"Political power alone should be equal among human beings; yet, striving for other kinds of equality absolutely requires political inequality." -- Tibor R. Machan in Private Rights and Public Illusions
"State-mandated compassion produces, not love for ones fellow man, but hatred and resentment. The breakdown of 'basic civility' and the rise of the welfare state occur concurrently." -- Lizard
"Altruism and The Golden Rule are ultimately incompatible." -- Rick Gaber
"One byproduct of individualism is benevolence -- a general attitude of good will towards one's neighbors and fellow human beings. Benevolence is impossible in a society where people violate each others' rights." -- Glenn Woiceshyn
"Make no mistake about it -- and tell it to your Republican friends: capitalism and altruism cannot coexist in the same man or in the same society." -- Ayn Rand
... and you can find a telling example of how traditionalist "conservatives" are too stupid and/or too cowardly to admit that here.
"The Golden Age of human existence has yet to begin. And it won't begin until the productive members of society no longer have to spend so much time and energy apologizing for, and paying for, their taking care of themselves, their families and their families' futures to whatever extent THEY deem best." -- Rick Gaber
|"The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves" -- Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind |
"The fact that altruism turns out to be a really bad choice for a moral code doesn't mean you don't need a moral code, or that all the other moral codes are equally valid. After all, being a moral relativist is worse, even, than being an altruist. Human beings absolutely require a good moral code as a guide to decision-making, and proclaiming that the evil ones are equal to the good ones serves nothing but the evil. Even in the face of civilization-threatening perils, moral relativists are staunchly uncertain, adamantly indecisive, self-righteously impotent and defiantly irrelevant." -- Rick Gaber
"Altruism is a code of ethics which hold the welfare of others as the standard of 'good', and self-sacrifice as the only moral action. The unstated premise of the doctrine of altruism is that all relationships among men involve sacrifice. This leaves one with the false choice between maliciously exploiting the other person (forcing them to be sacrificed) or being 'moral' and offering oneself up as the sacrificial victim." -- Jeff Landauer and Joseph Rowlands HERE
"Approximately 1.3 Billion Dollars (Pounds 900m) has been donated to benefit the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. While this is a considerable sum, it is consistent with Americans' generosity. According to the American Association of Fundraising Counsel, in 2000 Americans gave 203 Billion Dollars to charitable organisations, or 2 per cent of gross domestic product, far surpassing the contributions of any other nation. Further, those other countries that were runners-up in private philanthropy were nations that share US values and traditions.
"Why are Americans such big givers? Some say this generosity is merely the outgrowth of the spectacular success of capitalism at wealth creation. And no one should argue with capitalism's success in generating wealth, or that possessing wealth beyond that required to meet one's immediate needs makes contributing to humanitarian causes easier.
"But surely there is more to the link between capitalism and humanitarianism than wealth creation. After all, there are plenty of things one can do with one's wealth other than contribute it to meeting the needs of others. Humanitarianism rests not just on wealth but on an ethos. And two aspects of the ethos of capitalism - materialism and individualism - are what make humanitarianism possible.
"Materialism is the belief that the quality of one's life on earth is important: that life should be more than a daily struggle to meet immediate needs. This is important, for if one does not believe that the material conditions of life are important, no value exists in meeting the material needs of others.
"The individuals who commandeered the aeroplanes and flew them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon did not think the material conditions of life mattered. Indeed, they did not think life itself mattered. They willingly brought death to themselves and thousands of others and suffering to tens of thousands for a non-material purpose.
"Indeed, their acts and the rhetoric of their leaders are not just non-material, but anti-material. They believe in tearing down. Capitalism, by contrast, is the ideology of building up; it is the best ethos for making our dreams and aspirations concrete that mankind has ever found." -- Lawrence Lindsey, "The generosity of capitalism: The US is the world's biggest giver because its ethos of individualism encourages humanitarianism" Financial Times, London, Nov 22, 2001
|See:"Popular understanding of economics is at least two centuries behind economists' understanding of the economy" HERE. |
And:"Wealth is not a fixed quantity and one person's success does not come at the expense of others ... Economists have understood [that] for over two centuries, but moralists have not caught up." HERE.
And:"One byproduct of individualism is benevolence -- a general attitude of good will towards one's neighbors and fellow human beings. Benevolence is impossible in a society where people violate each others' rights."-HERE
And:"There is a non-sacrificial code of morality -- and an objective standard of value on which it is based."-HERE
| "Many academicians and self-styled intellectuals, with a habitually arrogant and condescending attitude, treat the rest of the world with contempt. These so-called 'intelligentsia' congratulate themselves for, not only having high IQs and lots of education in their particular fields, but for having achieved the allegedly momentus insight that free-market capitalism and altruism are ultimately incompatible (duh). Yet they're still too damned stupid to realize and too damned ignorant to acknowledge that altruism is NOT the only moral code available to mankind. (It is, in fact, the bloodiest and most regressive one of all). This stunted thinking has resulted in their committing the intellectual atrocity of rejecting the capitalism and freedom instead of the altruism and coercion." -- Rick Gaber
"The secret dread of modern intellectuals, liberals and conservatives alike, the unadmitted terror at the root of their anxiety, which all of their current irrationalities are intended to stave off and to disguise, is the unstated knowledge that Soviet Russia [was] the full, actual, literal, consistent embodiment of the morality of altruism, that Stalin did not corrupt a noble ideal, that this is the only way altruism has to be or can ever be practiced." -- Ayn Rand
"As the death toll mounts--as many as 25 million in the former Soviet Union, 65 million in China, 1.7 million in Cambodia, and on and on--the authors systematically show how and why, wherever the millenarian ideology of Communism was established, it quickly led to crime, terror, and repression. An extraordinary accounting, this book amply documents the unparalleled position and significance of Communism in the hierarchy of violence that is the history of the twentieth century." -- Harvard University Press' review of The Black Book of Communism "The myth of the well-intentioned founders--the good czar Lenin betrayed by his evil heirs--has been laid to rest for good." -- Tony Judt, New York Times
"Anything other than free enterprise always means a society of compulsion and lower living standards, and any form of socialism strictly enforced means dictatorship and the total state. That this statement is still widely disputed only illustrates the degree to which malignant fantasy can capture the imagination of intellectuals." -- Lew Rockwell
"The three values which men held for centuries and which have now collapsed are: mysticism, collectivism, altruism. Mysticism -- as a cultural power -- died at the time of the Renaissance. Collectivism -- as a political ideal -- died in World War II. As to altruism -- it has never been alive. It is the poison of death in the blood of Western civilization, and men survived it only to the extent to which they neither believed nor practiced it. ..." -- Ayn Rand
"But true individualism entails cooperating with others through trade, which facilitates the pursuit of each party's happiness, and which is carried out not just on the level of goods but on the level of knowledge and friendship. Trade is essential for life; it provides one with many of the goods and values one needs. Creating an environment where trade flourishes is of great importance and great interest for the individualist.
"Politically, true individualism means recognizing that one has a right to his own life and happiness. But it also means uniting with other citizens to preserve and defend the institutions that protect that right."
-- Shawn E. Klein, HERE
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