Originally, I created Master the Social Maze blog for the Everyday Warrior. After posting 47 articles, I noticed the ones on Objectivism were the most popular. So, I took 7 week vacation. My conclusion: Write the blog for individuals interested in Objectivism and its applications. I will supply more information on the development in a future article. I’ve already changed the name of the blog to The Objectivist Warrior Masters the Social Maze.
Now…on to the latest article.
I came across an article by Timothy Sexton titled “Warning: Your Teenager May Be Reading Ayn Rand.” Reading his analysis might make someone believe she represents the evil mechanisms of the devil. Let’s find out if he’s on to something quite sinister….or if he completely misrepresents Ayn Rand and Objectivism.
For some reason, he compares reading Ayn Rand to reading a book on Scientology or on how to make a bomb…although he never states what he has against L. Ron Hubbard’s philosophy of life. Obviously, Mr. Sexton is unaware of the fact…the only bombs Ayn Rand dropped were potent intellectual weapons defending reason, capitalism and reality. On second thought…maybe he’s aware of it and that’s why he hates Objectivism.
What do you think about this idea? We promote a contest to find out whether Scientology or Objectivism receives the most negative press from mainstream “journalists.”
Well, maybe not. We’re not here to analyze the pros and cons of Scientology. We’ll let its supporters and critics battle it out.
Do you know what ethical egoism is? Well, here’s what Timothy Sexton claims it is. “What ethical egoism sells is a snake oil that appeals the basest selfish instincts of people, effectively giving them a mandate to act only in their own interest.”
Gee, how horrible, a person acting from self-interest instead prostituting their body, mind and spirit to the self-interest of the Elite and its Soldiers, members of the political and financial establishment…or what liberals like Timothy Sexton think is politically correct behavior.
I guess he isn’t perceptive enough to realize he left out something important. Here it is. Objectivism advocates that an individual should always act in rational self-interest. The philosophy of rational selfishness is the only one that corresponds to the nature of man. Ethical ego manifests as a rational philosophy of life. The social altruism that establishment types advocate plunders productive citizens.
Unfortunately, or maybe purposely, Mr. Sexton left out the word “rational.” Objectivists do not support a person acting from his or her base selfish instincts. I call this self-defeating behavior irrational selfishness.
Note: Some Objectivists object to the term irrational selfishness. See the article Ayn Rand Unleashed – A Critique. I hope the new blog format encourages discussion on areas of disagreement.
Rationally selfish individuals consider cause and effect relationships before they embark on a course of action. They respect other people’s life, liberty and property. Apparently, Mr. Sexton doesn’t get it. He is blinded by philosophical and economic illusions. Unlike social altruists and modern liberals, the Objectivist Warrior sees through illusion.
Sexton says the foundation of ethical egoism rests on the proposition that somehow every facet of society eventually benefits by each citizen pursuing selfish goals. This reasoning is based on the idea that the core goal of each person is to live long and prosper, and so therefore no one’s self-interest could possibly include actions that would present obstacles to that purpose. If only proponents of ethical egoism weren’t faced with the inconvenient truth that we are living in the real world!
Once again, he misrepresents Objectivism. If he’s read “Atlas Shrugged”, he should realize that social altruists and irrationally selfish people continually dump obstacles and blocks in the way of the productive individual. These purveyors of human misery maliciously enlist the violent compulsion and coercion of the government to do their dirty work. In fact, this is the main reason members of the political and financial establishment benefit at the expense of the rest of us.
Objectivists don’t deny the possibility of conflict between individuals or groups of individuals. The rationality selfish individual believes in objective law, something that is sadly lacking in our system of big government interventionism. The government’s only legitimate function involves protecting the individual’s life, liberty and property. In addition, since Mr. Sexton seems oblivious of sound economic theory, he possesses no knowledge of Adam Smith’s “Invisible Hand.”
Comparing Objectivism with Nazism
Now, here’s something that demonstrates Mr. Sexton’s unscientific prejudices. He brings up the spectacle of Nazism and Adolph Hitler as an example of Objectivist behavior…supplying us with some examples of Hitler acting in self-interest. After this slander of Objectivism, he incredibly states “Ethical egoism implicitly assumes that every human being will always act rationally in determining what is in their own best interest.” Who knows where he came up with this ridiculous notion.
As usual, he has it all wrong. What Objectivism and Praxeology (the science of human action) says is “All individuals act in what they believe to be in their own best interest.” I’m sure you know from your own experience that you may act in a way that later proves to be contrary to your best interest.
This is precisely why Objectivists attempt to act from rational self-interest. They know beyond a reasonable doubt that irrational behavior and altruism lead to undesirable results.
What’s appalling is the sad fact that Mr. Sexton thinks the works of Ayn Rand is detrimental to teenagers. Since Objectivism believes in the rationally selfish behavior he so much disdains, would he prefer teenagers study and practice irrational selfishness or maybe social altruism…the same social altruism that is destroying our once great nation?
I say we expose teenagers to an abundance of Ayn Rand and Objectivism.
Apparently, Yahoo and Timothy Sexton can’t take the heat…because the article has disappeared.
RA Meyer – The Objectivist Warrior Masters the Social Maze