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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ayn Rand in Her Own Words

As Sharon correctly points out, the Tea Party identifies themselves as both Christian and Libertarian. They think the two ideas are compatible.

In this interview from 1959, Rand herself attacks the idea of moral concern for others as "immoral" because it places others above the self.

Compare this with Christ's commandment in Matthew 22:39, where Jesus tells his followers to "love your neighbor as yourself."

One cannot be a Libertarian and a Christian.


  1. Ayn Rand was an atheist, how could she be a Tea Party hero? Yet she is. The Tea Party movement is full of inconsistencies like this, Rand herself would disavow them for their lack of intellectual rigor.

  2. Rand, author of "The Virtue of Selfishness" writes, that the moral purpose of ones life is the pursuit of ones happiness, or rational self-interest. Rand states, “The argument isn’t who is going to let me, but who is going to stop me.” She disavowed any form of altruism.
    She also said, "We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality."
    I think the mayor and those that think like her are most definitely evading reality, but it is up to the rest of us in Troy to make sure that they do not evade the consequences.

  3. Ayn Rand was an Atheist, but not a Libertarian, even though some of her ideas about the free market and liberty happen to also be shared by many who call themselves Libertarians. It is possible to be a Libertarian, or a Capitalist, and be a Christian. Not all Libertarians are Atheists. There are many who agree with Rand's political views but disagree with her Atheism.

  4. The inconsistencies abound. How can those who promote themselves as "traditional values" proponents align themselves with libertarians? Check the Libertarian Party platform; they support decriminalization of drugs, do not believe government has any role in marriage, and are opposed to government intervention in our personal lives. Troy's most prominent libertarians are closely associated with Mayor Daniels, just look at who supported her. The listed officer of Mothers Against Drugs working with people who oppose drug laws? The Mayor who says she opposed to laws allowing gay marriage accepts the support of those who do not believe government has the right to regulate marriage in any fashion? The Mayor wants to bring in a speaker to address the community on the value of family units while working with those who oppose government intervention into our personal lives? Look up Ayn Rand on YouTube and tell me her beliefs are consistent with our American value system (regardless of whether you are conservative, liberal, straight, gay, male, female, business person or public employee). How do you.explain these inconsistencies?

  5. The Tea Party is especially repugnant because of their hypocritical nature. Yes, in their eyes selfishness is a virtue, as espoused by Rand. But they are also using the Constitution and God, as *they* see it, to back up their argument, if it weren't for that last part, one could have an intelligent discussion with them.