Monday, November 30, 2009

I Refuse to Apologize for My Success

"I refuse to accept as guilt the fact of my own existence and the fact that I must work in order to support it. I refuse to accept as guilt the fact that I am able to do it better than most people - the fact that my work is of greater value than the work of my neighbors and that more men are willing to pay me. I refuse to apologize for my ability - I refuse to apologize for my success - I refuse to apologize for my money. If this is evil, make the most of it. If this is what the public finds harmful to its interests, let the public destroy me. This is my code - and I will accept no other."
  • Hank Rearden in Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand

The Sanction of the Victim

"Who is the public? What does it hold as its good? There was a time when men believed that 'the good' was a concept to be defined by a code of moral values and that no man had the right to seek his good through the violation of the rights of another. If it is now believed that my fellow men may sacrifice me in any manner they please for the sake of whatever they believe to be their own good, if they believe that they may seize my property simply because they need it - well, so does any burglar. There is only this difference: the burglar does not ask me to sanction his act."

Hank Rearden, in Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand

Sunday, November 1, 2009

"Students" Protesting for Protests' Sake

Just when you think you've seen it all, the cult of personality that is also currently known as "Mr. President" has managed to get a bunch of ostensibly otherwise intelligent college students to protest against their own self interests.

These morons picketed a non-profit Blue Cross Blue Shield headquarters. They're demanding "health care reform" despite the fact that even a simple, non-political, non-economic-analysis review of what they're demanding will show that it will be detrimental to them.

If ever anyone needed an example of the new, non-thinking, cult-following thinking that rushed the current president into office despite his obvious lack of any credentials whatsoever (possibly even including natural citizenship) for the office, this is your example. College age kids demonstrating against "big business" without realizing that they're picketing a non-profit, and demanding a health care "reform" that is undeniably and incontrovertibly harmful to their own interests.

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