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“The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”     Ayn Rand

November 29, 2006

The more things change…

by Jason Pye

I’m watching Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life and there was a quote from her from 1979 that I think rings so true today:

“I want to make something clear, I am not a conservative. I think that today’s conservatives are worse than today’s liberals. I think that they are, if anyone destroys this country, it will be the conservatives because they do not know how to preach capitalism, to explain it to the people…because they do nothing except apologize and because they are all altruists. They are all based on religious altruism and on that combination of ideas, you cannot save this country.”

That is the state of the Republican Party today.

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  1. [...] Ayn Rand, 1979 It is somewhat sad to see that even before Reagan and before the Republican become the majority in the house, with the promise to reverse the "New Deal" devastating effect on the individual liberties, they were predetermined to what they become. And as in many other cases Ayn Rand had the intellectual courage to face this reality and expose it, for what it was. (Via The Liberty Papers)  Technorati Tags: GOP – Ayn Rand – Objectivism – Social conservatism – Capitalism [...]

    Pingback by It looks obvious » Foresight — November 30, 2006 @ 6:51 am
  2. Yeah. Although it’s too pessimistic. Capitalism will keep rearing its beautiful head in human affairs, no matter how hard the socialists try to keep it down, because it’s the law of nature. Humans can’t exist without it.

    Qua humans. We could exist as cattle though.

    Comment by Old Whig — November 30, 2006 @ 9:02 am

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