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April 20, 2011


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Karl Nord

Ayn Rand Quote:

What is the moral code of altruism? The basic principle of altruism is that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that service to others is the only justification of his existence, and that self-sacrifice is his highest moral duty, virtue and value.

Do not confuse altruism with kindness, good will or respect for the rights of others. These are not primaries, but consequences, which, in fact, altruism makes impossible. The irreducible primary of altruism, the basic absolute, is self-sacrifice—which means; self-immolation, self-abnegation, self-denial, self-destruction—which means: the self as a standard of evil, the selfless as a standard of the good.

Do not hide behind such superficialities as whether you should or should not give a dime to a beggar. That is not the issue. The issue is whether you do or do not have the right to exist without giving him that dime. The issue is whether you must keep buying your life, dime by dime, from any beggar who might choose to approach you. The issue is whether the need of others is the first mortgage on your life and the moral purpose of your existence. The issue is whether man is to be regarded as a sacrificial animal. Any man of self-esteem will answer: “No.” Altruism says: “Yes.”



1) Ayn Rand was all about trading two-holers for books and other things. She is an advocate of a market economy.
2) There are examples of her doing charity, though she didn't publicly endorse it because she did not like the confusion implied by how people used it. I would make argument that her characters embody the virtue of charity.
3) "I might even argue that the convenience of these systems adds freedom, granting me time for things I want to do rather than, say, dig my own two-holer."
> She would most certainly agree with you on this. <

I think you are straw-manning her!


All the Libertarians out there should be aware that right now, and for several decades now, there has been a government department that Ayn Rand would most likely find most abhorrent, that being Child Protective Services. And in Canada, we can see how corrupt and downright evil this government agency is, when we look at the case of Ayn Van Dyk, who is a 9 year old child who was "apprehended" (or rather, as they now like to say, "removed") from her loving, caring father and two brothers and put in an institution, then in the home of a paid "parent" where she is being drugged with multiple anti-psychotics, against the wishes of her father. Ayn was named after Ayn Rand, because of her father's admiration for Ayn Rand. That is also probably one the big reasons Ayn was stolen - the state detests Libertarians. Stealing their children is the perfect way to bring them to their knees. Derek Hoare, however, is proving a formidable opponent.
Please follow, and write about, this horrific case, which is actually quite quotidienne in the wonderful world of "child protection."

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