Hm. Nope. I don't buy it.
I mean, I don't buy the stress on the necessity to choose one extreme or the other- black or white.
In psychology, this is recognized as a method of rushing a subject to make a choice quickly, without reflection.
Salesmen use this technique to get people to buy without examining closely the product, or reading the small print.
My experience in life up to this point has repeatedly shown me that such extreme choices are not unavoidable, and that moderation is not only possible
but usually the best solution to most problems.
There were some very serious holes in Ayn Rands vision, but no matter- we can all see them now- the "minds" need the matter too- and the nation of
people who only value the engineers will eventually fall under the power of the nation which has the resources- human and material. In the end, debt
is simply the acknowledgement of interdependance- we need each other, as individuals, as nations.
The individual benefits from being part of a collective, just as the collective benefits from the membership of the individual, they should be
respectful of each other at some point.
Freedom, power, responsibility.... these all are associated and are aspects of the same thing.
The collectivist radicals carry the assumption that the collective would have a sense of responsibility and ethic, just as the individualist radicals
carry the assumption that the individual would have a sense of responsibility and ethic.... both assume an opposing power to assert that is not
necessary. Experience just shows us that is just not true!
Balance and moderation is so undervalued in the american culture. I think that creates a lot more drama, and strife.... but perhaps drama is exciting,
and deep down, the american people wouldn't give it up for anything!
edit on 11-7-2013 by Bluesma because: (no reason given)