Go check out this week’s Objectivist Roundup. Topics include: Francis Bacon and induction, parenting, selfishness, health care summit, and access to experimental drugs.
Maria Montessori wrote, “Discipline must come through liberty. . . . We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined.” [HT: Rational Jenn]
In a opinion piece titled “Can the Moral ‘Narrative’ of ObamaCare Be Defeated,” Dr. Paul Hsieh writes, “If we violate [our core principles of freedom and individual rights] in a vain attempt to guarantee ‘universal health care,’ we will violate the moral principle that each man is entitled to the fruits of his labor, instead enslaving each man to pay for his neighbor’s medical care. We will destroy the prosperity and innovation that make modern medicine possible.”
The fascist California Coastal Commission has harassed a couple for not getting the administratively correct prior permission to replace funishings in their own backyard with new ones as the CCC attempts to legally bully the couple into removing all iteams from that section of their own property. Why? So that the volk can seize that private property for their own viewing reserve. In explaining why regulators must trample individual rights, the commission’s legislative director Sara Christie said, “If we start letting the law slide in individual cases, cumulatively the result of that will be a statewide loss of public access and coastal resources.” I thought that the point of the law was to protect individual rights, and now bureaucrats seek to protect their own regulatory actions from individuals attempting to exercise their own rights.
Via Michael Wharton, in “The Roots of War” (CUI), Ayn Rand wrote, “If men want to oppose war, it is statism that they must oppose. So long as they hold the tribal notion that the individual is sacrificial fodder for the collective, that some men have the right to rule others by force, and that some (any) alleged ‘good’ can justify it—there can be no peace within a nation and no peace among nations.”
Adolph Hitler stated, and this idea is at the foundation of fascism, “This state of mind, which subordinates the interests of the ego to the conservation of the community, is really the first premise for every truly human culture….The basic attitude from which such activity arises, we call-to distinguish it from egoism and selfishness-idealism. By this we understand only the individual’s capacity to make sacrifices for the community, for his fellow men.” I am trying to think of a significant national American politician who would disagree with these evil ideas expressed by Hitler and shared by the California Coastal Commission, but I can not think of one.
Via Leonard Peikoff Fanpage, Peikoff recounted, “When, as a college teacher, I would reach the topic of emotions in class, my standard procedure was to open the desk, take out a stack of examination booklets, and, without any explanations, start distributing them. Consternation invariably broke loose, with cries such as ‘You never said we were having a test today!’ and ‘It isn’t fair!’ Whereupon I would take back the booklets and ask: ‘How many can explain the emotion that just swept over you? Is it an inexplicable primary, a quirk of your glands, a message from God or the id?’ The answer was obvious. The booklets, to most of them, meant failure on an exam, a lower grade in the course, a blot on their transcript, i.e., bad news. On this one example, even the dullest students grasped with alacrity that emotions do have causes and that their causes are the things men think. (The auditors in the room, who do not write exams, remained calm during this experiment. To them, the surprise involved no negative value-judgment.)”