Thursday, February 4, 2010

Objectivist Round Up

This week's Round Up is hosted by Reepicheep's Coracle.

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  1. There are only two kinds of social conditions, regardless of their titles. The oldest says the interests of community are more important than are the interests of individuals, as stated by Obama. The latter, individual interests as most important, reflects the founding of America in 1620. Today's apparent conflict between Ayn Rand and "Horatio Alger" is a cause for my writing Save Pebble Droppers & Prosperity, on and because, in both cases, people push "apparent" beliefs too far for each. Rand's character Roark in Fountainhead, in his jury summation, summed up her beliefs as to the self-interests of the individual over the interests of the herd, and Alger characterized the productive, creative pebble droppers, like James Jerome Hill, the character Rand used for her Taggarts in Atlas Shrugged. Both had visions, dreams and pursued them, but in no way did they abandon either them or those closest to them, and that would even include immediate community. As to government's role, I suggest John C. Calhoun's view that community value decreases with distance, and local government along with individual freedom is most important, as with those of us who admire the American founding.