A few Ayn Rand Quotes to round off this great season of good wishes and no fundamental change
Some pertinent quotes from “America’s Sweetheart” and what a darling of what “made America great” she was. It’s really too bad that her atheism prevents her gaining a position of sainthood. Ah well, give it time. Someone will get around that little hurdle.
To the quotes then:
Nobody has ever given a reason why man should be his brother’s keeper.
The best aspect of Christmas is the fact that Christmas has been commercialized.
What I am fighting is the idea that charity is a moral duty and a primary value.
To love money is to know and love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you.
Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. (Somehow, I can’t disagree with her on that one.)
You know, I think that only if one feels immensely important can one feel truly light.
There is no such thing as a lousy job – only lousy men who don’t care to do it. (I guess she never worked in a sweat shop, or on a chain gang.)
Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter. (That’s why the richer you get, the less taxes you get to pay.)
When I die, I hope to go to heaven, whatever the hell that is. (I doubt that even hell would want her. I can only imagine her spirit haunting the empty bank vaults of the earth.)
The Christmas trees, the winking lights, the glittering colours-provide the city with a spectacular display, which only ‘commercial greed’ could afford to give us.
Capitalism and altruism are incompatible; they are philosophical opposites; they cannot coexist in the same man, or in the same society. (I totally agree with that.)
Any white person who brings the element of civilization has the right to take over this continent. (Would that be any indication that America’s sweetheart was a white supremacist?)
The question isn’t who is going to let me: it’s who is going to stop me. (Well, death stopped her and even the most die-hard predatory capitalists are questioning her most ardent philosophy in support of raw greed – so, a dead boast.)
No human rights can exist without property rights. (…and on the flip side, she’s right again.)
Businessmen are the one group that distinguishes capitalism and the American way of life from the totalitarian statism that is swallowing the rest of the world. (and the difference being?)
According to the Christian mythology, Christ died on the cross not for his own sins but for the sins of the non-ideal people. (Who then, died for the sins of the ideal people?)
Even if smog were a risk to human life, we must remember that life in nature without technology, is wholesale death. (America’s sweetheart was obviously not a great or keen observer of nature. But she does make us aware of what technology is good for: making pollution an acceptable and necessary adjunct of capitalism.)
The person who loves everybody and feels at home everywhere is the true hater of mankind. (A psychiatrist would ask someone making such a statement, “Do you think you might suffer from insanity?” To which she would reply, “Oh no, doctor, it’s no hardship, I thoroughly enjoy it.”)
For those who wonder why I call Ayn Rand “America’s sweetheart” or even who Ayn Rand was, you may find the following “New Republic” article helpful:
“Ayn Rand and the invincible cult of selfishness on the American right”
(But don’t be mislead by the title, the “cult of selfishness” is equally invincible on the American left, or on what’s left of America)