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On Going Galt

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Big Hollywood has two links on their marquee today, one pimping Dr. Helen’s hilarious “Going Galt” meme (by all means, Andrew Breitbart, go Galt.  It would be nice to have my free-time back), and one crowing about the uptick in sales for Atlas Shrugged.

I’ve long been puzzled by some Republicans’ love for Rand, especially when they are OG, not-a-pose social conservatives like the bros at BH.  Here’s a few helpful quotations from Rand.

On abortion:

An embryo has no rights. Rights do not pertain to a potential, only to anactual being. A child cannot acquire any rights until it is born. The living take precedence over the not-yet-living (or the unborn).

Abortion is a moral right—which should be left to the sole discretion of the woman involved; morally, nothing other than her wish in the matter is to be considered. Who can conceivably have the right to dictate to her what disposition she is to make of the functions of her own body?”

On religion:

Qua religion, no—in the sense of blind belief, belief unsupported by, or contrary to, the facts of reality and the conclusions of reason. Faith, as such, is extremely detrimental to human life: it is the negation of reason. But you must remember that religion is an early form of philosophy, that the first attempts to explain the universe, to give a coherent frame of reference to man’s life and a code of moral values, were made by religion, before men graduated or developed enough to have philosophy.

On conservatism:

Above all, do not join the wrong ideological groups or movements, in order to “do something.” By “ideological” (in this context), I mean groups or movements proclaiming some vaguely generalized, undefined (and, usually, contradictory) political goals. (E.g., the Conservative Party, which subordinates reason to faith, and substitutes theocracy for capitalism; or the “libertarian” hippies, who subordinate reason to whims, and substitute anarchism for capitalism.) To join such groups means to reverse the philosophical hierarchy and to sell out fundamental principles for the sake of some superficial political action which is bound to fail. It means that you help the defeat of your ideas and the victory of your enemies.

On states’ rights:

[George Wallace] is not a defender of individual rights, but merely of states’ rights—which is far, far from being the same thing. When he denounces “Big Government,” it is not the unlimited, arbitrary power of the state that he is denouncing, but merely its centralization—and he seeks to place the same unlimited, arbitrary power in the hands of many little governments. The break-up of a big gang into a number of warring small gangs is not a return to a constitutional system nor to individual rights nor to law and order.

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Written by dieblucasdie

April 28, 2009 at 5:14 pm

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  1. “going galt” has no necessary requirement to buy all, or any, of Rand’s philosophy or world view.

    I don’t buy her views on many things. Nevertheless, I have “gone galt”. I am working a union job in the transportation sector earning 1/8th of what I formerly made working in private industry when I was contributing large tax revenues to the state. I did so voluntarily: I resigned my position from high tech with no push, total surprise to my peers, and having turned down an offer of promotion/more responsibility only a couple of months earlier. I pay virtually nothing in income tax off from my wages.

    It has worked out so well that I am now considering a change to a different, but still galtish, job.

    DLD

    April 30, 2010 at 8:53 pm


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