It’s Not the Philosophy…It’s the Emotion…And the Fallacy…

August 7, 2012

The relevance of Rand’s work is not that she’s proven pure individualism is the only morally right thing, though I suspect that’s what she thinks. She’s actually struggling with that other spectrum — good vs. evil.

It’s not that her philosophy is accurate — [tangent: if you consider philosophy as a science where we have to guess even more than we do in psychology (tangent: this gets to another issue of our blindness to intention — is this person good or evil? We can never see, only infer)]

It’s that she’s got good, hard working people whom the industrious can identify with.

The individualism=good conclusion is wrong, invalid, impremised, etc. You can’t build trains or revolutionary materials alone. That’s silly.

The value is that she effectively communicates the frustration and injustice perpetrated on those who get up and don’t bitch and get the damn job done, every single time, and are leached upon by complete wastes who take advantage of the goodness of their hearts.

The danger is that she effectively rationalizes those people stooping down to the level of the idiots around them. Only these are the strong, the ingenious, the powerful. Basically, she’s duped herself into the part of the almighty Empress, who’s offered justification for all the white knights to make like Darth Vader…

…and a major challenge we have, in society as a whole — mostly because we cannot see another’s intention, only infer — is that we’ve mixed up the Individual-Collective spectrum with a “I’m good you must be evil” mentality, which is what makes our two-party political system so foolishly vitriolic, because each side there’s a critical mass of people equating individual-collective with good – evil.

Rand is often held up as a conservative manifesto, but clearly the greater problem, is that society as a whole seems to be lost in this fallacy.

…which is why it’s relevant and important to consider Rand differently than she ever seems to have been — See, Rand’s one of the most well-known and polarizing figures in pop philosophy. People either love her or hate her…

Noone ever looks at her objectively.

Ironic, right? It’s high time we practiced some Objectivism.

Let’s attempt (humbly, please) to inject some rationality. Shall we?

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