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    the only equivalence that you could draw here is that, assuming the truth of the diarist's contention that Ayn Rand herself wouldn't like the teatards, you could say that Karl Marx also probably wouldn't have been a fan of Stalin, Mao, Kim, or even Castro.

    It's also largely irrelevant. I don't think Jesus has a lot to do with Christianity. I don't think Moses would understand Rabbinic Judaism, either.

    The libertarians believe that eliminating state power will leave people free, when in fact, it just leaves people vulnerable to other forms of power, whether it's corporations, warlords, feudalism, or whatever. That rebel spirit is intoxicating, but childish.

    Whether or not our rights come from god or nature, they are guaranteed by the state. God doesn't rescue you from a burning house or stop terrorists attacks, or put people in jail who harm others. The state does. By making the enemy of the state and sabotaging it, we are sabotaging ourselves.

    Anyway, most Republicans aren't mad at the government because it has been denying them their rights; they're mad because it has been enforcing the rights of others. To vote. To equality. To reproductive rights. To not be a Protestant.

    •  The comparison of Marxism to Religion is (0+ / 0-)

      ultimately faulty. Religions are based on divine revelation, ostensibly direct communications from God(s). As such, they are subject to arbitrary changes and are not bound by material considerations, scientific, historical or otherwise.

      Marxism, on the other hand, is an avowedly materialist and rationalist set of ideas. Among these is the concept of Dialectical Historical Materialism, which holds that the significance of theories and ideas can only be understood in terms of their material outcomes. Marxism cannot escape its obligation to account for its own historic legacy without negating itself.

      Nothing human is alien to me.

      by WB Reeves on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 01:24:34 PM PDT

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