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And god only knows what economic skeletons are hidden in Chinas closet.
originally posted by: LDragonFire
If society collapses, would it be possible for a Ayn Rand society to survive?
It just seems to be a affluent based belief (religion) and so unnatural to the natural way humans are.
YET when you're driving down the public streets, knowing you can dial 911 should something awful happen, and enjoying the society and conveniences that surround you, suddenly that offense doesn't seem to exist at all. I mean you're still pissed that you got taxed - but you expect the benefits of that taxation to exist and would be as lost as the rest of us without the infrastructure we enjoy.
originally posted by: TrappedPrincess
Some of what she said yes I agree with but I find it hard to personally like let alone trust the motives of someone who consorted with the likes of Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan.
SOME PEOPLE are not equipped to be highly-educated. You are mistaking "lack of personal responsibility" for "lack of smarts, talent, opportunity, and education."
Some people are simply not up to the task.
Because some people are simply not up to the task.
My problem with that assessment is I think it belittles the poor and does the disenfranchised more harm, and could be taken as even elitist. I would counter what you say with we need to identify why that's the problem.
Classrooms need to be smaller, in order that each student can be reached with his/her learning style, so they are ready when the time comes.
originally posted by: BuzzyWigs
She did champion them, though, and treated them as heroes. When, in fact, they were monsters in terms of their "human resources" theories.
I especially find it hard not to like her stance on less government involvement in our day to day lives.
In For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto, Rothbard proposes a once-and-for-all escape from the two major political parties, the ideologies they embrace, and their central plans for using state power against people. Libertarianism is Rothbard's radical alternative that says state power is unworkable and immoral and ought to be curbed and finally abolished....
The central axiom: no man or group of men may aggress against the person and property of anyone else. He justifies the axiom on the basis of natural rights. It is an axiom that has few opponents, until Rothbard spells out its implications: taxation is theft, conscription is slavery, and war is mass murder, among many other points....
The anticipated effect of this book on both liberals and conservatives, the Left and the Right, is to force a rethinking of the typical categories. It asks that all sides face their hypocrisies: the Left favors freedom of speech but cares nothing for the private property that guarantees such freedom. The Right demands lower taxes but wages culture wars and real wars that grant government more power to take liberty and property from the American family....
THE introduction to anarchocapitalist, libertarian thought.
If you're looking for an introduction to libertarian thought, this is THE book to read.
Here, free-market economist and radical for liberty Murray Newton Rothbard tackles all the major issues: the philosophical basis of libertarianism, the history of classical liberalism, the failures of government to preserve basic liberties, and the ways in which a free-market economy handily solves problems that seem forever beyond the reach of government.
Rothbard is also one of few libertarians to face the issue of pollution head-on. You'll search Ayn Rand's works in vain for any "pollution solution"; she was apparently content to believe the problem didn't really exist, a practice to some extent continued by her disciple George Reisman in his mostly brilliant treatise _Capitalism_. But Rothbard doesn't duck the issue: demonstrable pollution is an invasion of property rights and should be outlawed.
Nor is Rothbard a friend of "corporate capitalism." Again unlike Rand, who regarded "big business" as "America's most persecuted minority," Rothbard lambastes big business for its constant seeking of government favors and its use of clout to secure protectionist legislation -- including "limited liability."