…philosophy has no more a monopoly in the creation of moral beings than religion, particularly in its misinterpretation, as reading Ayn Rand, Nietzsche or, indeed, Plato will remind you.
Scout Magazine (Vancouver)
…tweet of the century: Ayn Rand, Rand Paul and Paul Ryan walk into a bar. The bartender serves them tainted alcohol because there are no regulations. They die. — Miss O’Kistic
[Q:] But human beings are both cooperative and competitive. Assuming that we can’t just get rid of human competitiveness, or evolve out of it, somehow, how do we make that turn toward cooperation? [A:] There is some pretty powerful self-interest in wanting a future that is not just running storm-to-storm. The argument that I make is not that we aren’t competitive, and selfish, and greedy. We are. We’re all of these things. We’re complicated, competitive, greedy and nasty, and kind and generous and compassionate. But we live in a culture that has held up a distorted mirror, that has said, “We are only this one thing.” And we’ve built an economic model that tells us that maximizing our self-interest is going to lead to the maximum benefit for the most number of people. That’s the trick of free market economic theory, it doesn’t just ask you to only be selfish and not care about others. It tells you that by being selfish, you are helping others. And, in fact, by trying to directly help others, you will hurt them. This is what people reared on Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman have been told.
That hasn’t worked out very well. And even if it were true in the economic theory, it most certainly is not true in the ecological sphere…
The question is not who is going to let me, it is who is going to stop me, says train, echoing Ayn Rand. Pure Randian indoctrination about using the force of your will to move trains. (“The Little Engine That Could”)
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” —Ayn Rand