The Last Capitalist

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More Ayn Rand on Barack Obama

Posted by jemartynowski on November 28, 2008

Despite all of the bad things Barack Obama has claimed he would do (raise taxes, attempt to socialize health care, etc.) it’s becoming pretty clear that he understands how irresponsible those things are.  He may be a far left man at heart, but he clearly knows that, even though he believes in those far left ideals, they are not good for the economy.  Why, then, if he is willing to indirectly admit that his ideas are bad, are so many people still pushing for such things after the economy recovers?  My guess would be that he and other leftists think it is in the interest of fairness and altruism that we should steal from the rich and give to the poor.

Sure, it’s bad for the economy.  Sure, it’s against everything for which this country was created.  But it’s for the good of the poor people in our country.  Right?  Well, I’m not so sure.  What is better for low-skilled people?  No jobs but some limited handouts filtered through a government official with his hands in it?  Or someone becoming rich off of a good idea, business, and creating jobs for those low-skilled employees?  When the handouts happen, people don’t own their own creations and work.  They are almost slaves.  When the second happens, even the low-skilled employee owns his work.  He can leave that company when he wants.  He collects a reward for whatever it is he produced for the rich employer in the form of a paycheck.  If he feels his work is worth more, he can negotiate that. 

This is where Ayn Rand comes in this time.  She wrote the following about altruism, which is forcing everyone to live for others and not themselves:

The social system based on and consonant with the altruist morality—with the code of self-sacrifice—is socialism, in all or any of its variants: fascism, Nazism, communism. All of them treat man as a sacrificial animal to be immolated for the benefit of the group, the tribe, the society, the state. Soviet Russia is the ultimate result, the final product, the full, consistent embodiment of the altruist morality in practice; it represents the only way that that morality can ever be practiced.

The problem with the leftist, altruistic ideas that we need to sacrifice those who are successful for others means that we are nothing more than either slaves or those served by such slave labor.  We know that this is not a viable option, yet many keep on pushing it forward.  Let’s hope Obama realizes that what is good for the economy (freer markets) is good for everyone.  Then, maybe, he will shy away from his fervor to forcefully sacrifice some people’s work for others.

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