The Battle Between Collectivism and Ayn Rand’s Ideas

I’m getting behind in my posts as I weigh the requirements of time vs quality and depth of my own interpretation of current events. I’ve decided that when an article or presentation comes out, I don’t have to spend a lot of time dissecting it. Sometimes, I should just let it stand on it’s own, and this one certainly does.

The article was printed in Forbes titled “Revenge of the Zeros: The Battle Between Ayn Rand and Collectivism Reaches Its Climax” by Harry Binswanger. He begins,

With President Obama’s line “You didn’t build that,” the battle between individualism and collectivism has reached a climax. Obama has openly denied individual achievement, spitting in the face of every individual who ever had a creative thought. Obama has ventured to say straight out what only the theoreticians of collectivism have scribbled before: there is no individual achievement. What appears to be your achievement is somehow the achievement of that mystical entity,the collective–especially its earthly embodiment: the government.

He goes on to say,

“This gigantic fraud is aimed at a single goal: re-assuring life’s losers that their failures are not their fault. “You can stop feeling guilty,” he’s telling them, “Thomas Edison, Jonas Salk, Steve Jobs, and the rest are really no better than you.”

It’s bad enough to be a parasite, but it really turns ugly when the parasites deny the existence of those whose blood they are feeding off, when they take over what others built while snarling that the others didn’t build it.”

A number of Ayn Rand’s villains are quoted in the story and are a direct parallel to many of Obama’s actual speeches. You can hear James Taggart and Dr. Floyd Ferris who says “Genius is a superstition, Jim,” …

He concludes the answer to Obama’s collectivism is given by Howard Roark in The Fountainhead:

“. . . the mind is an attribute of the individual. There is no such thing as a collective brain…”

A very good read.

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Born in Klosterneuberg, Austria of Hungarian descent. Adopted by American parents when I was 10 months old. Parents lived through Hungarian uprising in 1956 and mother escaped to Austria where I was born. I read Ayn Rand's novel, The Fountainhead, and immediately became enthralled by her philosophy and set out to learn everything and read everything. I had a college mentor who introduced me to the novels and we talked about her philosophy regularly. I became a lifelong advocate for her ideas and philosophy of Objectivism.

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