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“Five years of Prohibition have had, at least, this one benign effect: they have completely disposed of all the favorite arguments of the Prohibitionists. None of the great boons and usufructs that were to follow the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment has come to pass. There is not less drunkenness in the Republic, but more. There is not less crime, but more. There is not less insanity, but more. The cost of government is not smaller, but vastly greater. Respect for law has not increased, but diminished.”     H. L. Mencken

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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