Sunday, December 30, 2012


The End

This is the best thing I have read on the election loss and the broader question of the loss of America.
I have, for some time, struggled with the new reality -- America void of her reason, existing without the reason for her existence, her morality. It did not seem possible. And yet what now seems impossible is that America ever was. As we revert back to the age of the primitive, the fact that America happened at all is nothing short of a miracle. The rational man's shining hour.
The United States of America was created as an independent nation whose founding ideal was the principle of individual rights. Freedom. Ayn Rand said, "freedom, in a political context, means freedom from government coercion." America was the first moral government based on individual rights, the nation of the Enlightenment.
That ideal has been tossed aside for ..... "free stuff."
Socialism may be established by force, as in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics—or by vote, as in Nazi (National Socialist) Germany. The degree of socialization may be total, as in Russia—or partial, as in England. Theoretically, the differences are superficial; practically, they are only a matter of time. The basic principle, in all cases, is the same.
The alleged goals of socialism were: the abolition of poverty, the achievement of general prosperity, progress, peace and human brotherhood. The results have been a terrifying failure—terrifying, that is, if one’s motive is men’s welfare.
Instead of prosperity, socialism has brought economic paralysis and/or collapse to every country that tried it. The degree of socialization has been the degree of disaster. The consequences have varied accordingly. (Ayn Rand, “The Monument Builders,”
The Virtue of Selfishness, 86)
“To be a socialist,” says Goebbels, “is to submit the I to the thou; socialism is sacrificing the individual to the whole.”
Who would have imagined that we would be seeing this very thing in America? Rand did, although even she thought it improbable. "In America ..... I don't think a dictatorship could take hold. Beneath all their errors the Americans' basic premise is freedom. That is the unspoken emotion - the sense-of-life- atmosphere. Traditionally and historically, the American people can be pushed so far. and then they stop it."

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