Ayn Rand would never say it is wrong to risk one's life to save a drowning child, per se. She would say it is wicked to through one's life away thoughtlessly.
And anyway, this is a "lifeboat" scenario. Important ethics pertains to the billions and billions of judgements a human must make in all phases of decades of life, not in emergencies. How do you find Rand's ethics on that score?
Oh. No, I did not know that. Then my question mark needs to get posted to the readership. Why did you people click "insightfull" on a post that is only a slam, with zero actual information, let alone insight.
Mason Wheeler's post about Ayn Rand contained zero insight. It is just a slam, namely that Rand's identification of capitalism is a 'twisted monstrosity' and 'maliciously harmful.' As such, it counts on the tapping the pre-existing meme pool on Rand that floats like pond scum on the left-progressive internet.
I challenged him to elucidate these horrible "sins" of Objectivist and the only post he made was some lame non-sequitur.
How can you award this meaningless slapper post "insightful comment of the week?"
So this article, and all comments, maintains high disdain and hatred of this tiny problem. Have at it, take your best shots, get your venom going.
Meanwhile, can you all state that other than this tiny issue of academic access of e-versions, you all support tremendous support for actual copyright ownership of intellectual property and denounce all piracy?
Both depressions were caused by state intrusion into private enterprise. So don't blame capitalism for them.
I suggest you visualize the state of the world if you remove REAL capitalism -- private transactions freely entered into using absolute trade or hard money. In otherwords 1350 A.D. or so. Do you want to return to feudalism? Communism? Or what?
Go ahead and discuss "things as they are." However, your claim that the current cartelism is a natural feature and your suggestion to not examine capitalism "in its essentials" sets up the drift to things as they are, which is not capitalism.
Moreover, there was a long period in history, the Golden Age of Capitalism from roughly the Civil War to World War 1, when crony capitalism (aka government-coerced monopolies) was kept somewhat at bay. It does not have to be like it is today.
Well, I guess that I am guilty, since I am an Objectivist for 50 years. Please inform me of my exact sins under "an ideology that is actively and maliciously harmful to those around them" and I will attempt contrition.
Miss Rand will have to atone on her own for defining capitalism as a "twisted monstrosity."
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