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I can see why Ayn Rand's obscene philosophies appealed to young, white, affluent, college men in the 60's and 70's.  It got them off the hook. It gave them carte blanche not to care, and to feel morally superior to many more than Romney's 47%. What's not to love?

The easiest way to become successful, and to stay that way, is not to care who gets hurt by your efforts to do so. We've created a society in which it's incredibly easy to equate misfortune with immorality.

Mitt Romney believes that it's his divine right to be President, and that anyone who doesn't agree, is in some way flawed - relegated to the 47% who don't matter.  

You know - sinners.

They mean to have their Armageddon, their rapture. Even if they have to make it happen themselves.  Their objectivism gives them a moral imperative to squeeze as much out of this world, and its resources as they can before the end. Those that remain will deserve what little is left to them.

There is no karma. Nothing to magically set things right at the end of the day. There are people who have spent their whole lives doing harm simply because they can, and, after a long life, get to make their exit safe and warm in their own beds, surrounded by those who, for some reason, care about them. There are others - decent, hard working, honest - who, because of the former, live lives that are often hard, brutal, and short.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    arealniceguy, marykk, Redfire, YellerDog

    When elephants fight, it's the grass that suffers. -- African Proverb

    by LouisWu on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 11:55:35 AM PDT

  •  Pretty much agree, but... (1+ / 0-)
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    What is the point of this diary?  It sounds like a surrender, a call to just do nothing.  Do you fight to bring some justice to the world, or just lie down?  You write very well and make some good points.  How about suggesting a more realistic alternative philosophy?

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    No getting away from the laws of nature.

    Having lots of money only gives you lots of money.

    Happiness is lots more fun than how many homes you have.

    Conservatives supported slavery, opposed women’s suffrage, supported Jim Crow, opposed the 40-hour work week, the abolishment of child labor, and supported McCarthyism. from 'It's The Conservatism, Stupid' by Paul Waldman July 12, 2006

    by arealniceguy on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 12:42:07 PM PDT

  •  I'm not so sure (0+ / 0-)

    I still have some faith in the law of circularity

    What goes around come around.
    Rarely do we see it present as direct cause and effect, but I can't say that rarely do we see it.

    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 01:53:55 PM PDT

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