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  •  Compromise as an end in itself. (0+ / 0-)
    There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. The man who is wrong still retains some respect for truth, if only by accepting the responsibility of choice. But the man in the middle is the knave who blanks out the truth in order to pretend that no choice or values exist, who is willing to sit out the course of any battle, willing to cash in on the blood of the innocent or to crawl on his belly to the guilty, who dispenses justice by condemning both the robber and the robbed to jail, who solves conflicts by ordering the thinker and the fool to meet each other halfway. In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit. In that transfusion of blood which drains the good to feed the evil, the compromiser is the transmitting rubber tube . . .

    When men reduce their virtues to the approximate, then evil acquires the force of an absolute, when loyalty to an unyielding purpose is dropped by the virtuous, it's picked up by scoundrels--and you get the indecent spectacle of a cringing, bargaining, traitorous good and a self-righteously uncompromising evil.

    -- Atlas Shrugged

    Happy Fucking Monday. -- irony from Colorado is the Shiznit, after a long rant.

    by dov12348 on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 06:43:23 PM PST

    •  She really was a terrible writer and thinker, (0+ / 0-)

      wasn't she?

      One has to be really juvenile to think that there are two-sides to an issue, a right one and a wrong one. Rand is simply a philosophical failure.

      It misses the point as well about compromise -- the problem isn't about making a deal with the devil, the problem is that in questions about structural issues, the average of the positions is often worse than any of the positions averaged.

      One doesn't average two good bridge designs -- unless one is planning on having a collapsing bridge. There are pros and cons of any design in a given context -- but the worse thing of all to do is "compromise" between designs, rather than simply deciding to use one design.

      Ayn Rand has the depth of a horny teenagers love.

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