What made the greatness of America was not just the free market economy, but a synthesis of this with Christian morals and with a culture that included love of country and family. Separated from these regulating forces, the capitalist economy becomes an engine of self-destruction, which is exactly what is happening today.
And that, in a nutshell, is why Ayn Rand style objectivism leads ultimately to the state of affairs as socialism/communism. Rand's "heroic" human being is merely a softer-edged version of the super-man espoused by Nietszche and Shaw. Ultimately someone always thinks they know better than everyone else and exercises all available power to impose their will. The end of human will, unfettered by Christian values, is almost always totalitarianism.
posted on 02/18/2011 6:09:23 PM PST
(The trouble ain't too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right. -Mark Twain)
posted on 02/18/2011 8:21:22 PM PST
by little jeremiah
(Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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