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Last week, the New York Times published a widely discussed article updating an argument that progressive bloggers noticed a very long time ago. It's now well-understood that blue states generally export money to the federal government; and red states generally import it.
Progressives believe in the redistribution of wealth, so we're not usually too upset by this state of affairs. That’s what it means to be one country. E pluribus unum, and all that. We’re happy to help, because we think we’ve got a stake in making sure kids in rural Alabama get educations and seniors in Arizona get healthcare. What’s good for them is good for all of us. We also like to think they’d help us out if our positions were reversed. It’s an investment in making America stronger, and we feel fine about that.
But maybe it's time to admit that we're being played for chumps, and that there are people in the rest of the country who are taking way too much advantage of our good nature. After all: it's now a stone fact that the blue states and cities are the country's real wealth creators. That's why we pay more taxes, and are able to send that money to the red states in the first place.
Originally posted by Sestias
Ayn Rand asserts that conservatives are the wealth creators and the liberals--those who are poor or care about the poor-- are all parasites on them.
My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, whith his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute." - Ayn Rand
She basically hates the poor, while the blue states are the ones with the most compassion.
The essense of Objectivism -
1 - Metaphysics: Objective Reality
2 - Episstemology: Reason
3 - Ethics: Self Interest
4 - politics: Capitalism
Translated into familiar language
1 - "Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed."
2 - "You can't eat your cake and have it too."
3 - "Man is an end in h imself."
4 - "Give me liberty or give me death"
Originally posted by Sestias
the liberals--those who are poor or care about the poor
If one wishes to advocate a free society--that is, capitalism--one must realize that its indispensable foundation is the principle of individual rights. If one wishes to uphold individual rights, one must realize that capitalism is the only system that can uphold and protect them.
"Rights" are a moral concept--the concept that provides a logical transition from the principles guiding an individual's actions to the principles guiding his relationship with others--the concept that preserves and protects individual morality in a social context--the link between the moral code of a man and the legal code of a society, between ethics and politics. Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.
Every political system is based on some code of ethics. The dominant ethics of mankind's history were variants of the altruist-collectivist doctrine which subjected the individual to some higher authority, either mystical or social.