As you probably know…Ayn Rand’s Objectivism has its ardent supporters and critics who hate her philosophical system. These two groups will never see eye to eye. Let’s get beyond the conflict and ask an important question. Is it possible Objectivism soars as a formula for success? Let’s find out.
Here’s a definition of selfishness critics attach to Objectivism.
“Devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one’s own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others.”
Now we need to look at its supporters definition.
“Rational Selfishness is the principle that an action is rational if and only if it maximizes one’s self-interest.”
Do you spot the problem? It’s the three words…regardless of others.
A true Objectivist believes in trading value for value. “A trader is a man who earns what he gets and does not give or take the undeserved. He does not treat men as masters or slaves, but as independent equals. He deals with men by means of a free, voluntary, unforced, uncoerced exchange—an exchange which benefits both parties by their own independent judgment. A trader does not expect to be paid for his defaults, only for his achievements. He does not switch to others the burden of his failures, and he does not mortgage his life into bondage to the failures of others.”
As you can see the critics of Objectivism completely miss the mark. Saying an Objectivist shows no regard for others is an illusion…a falsehood. A rational individual knows he prospers by satisfying people’s most urgent desires. Progressives hate Ayn Rand’s philosophy. What’s strange is…they support social and economic policies that encourage men and women to live off the productive labor of others. We just discovered who does what they please “regardless of others.”
Obviously, you succeed by satisfying the consumers’ most urgent desires. And who are these consumers? Men and women attempting to improve their situation.
Objectivism encourages you to be become the best you can be. You do this by developing value for value relationships. You improve your social skills…and you continue getting better and better. Imagine how rewarding it is to succeed in your endeavors.
We can conclude the critics of Rational Selfishness don’t know what they’re talking about…or as Soldiers of the Elite their motivation is to keep you stuck in the Hive Mind Mentality. You Master the Social Maze by seeing through illusion.
Laissez Faire Capitalism
Progressives express a deep hatred for capitalism. Objectivists support Laissez Faire Capitalism. As you will discover…critics certainly don’t refer to the capitalism Objectivism endorses.
The anti-capitalistic mentality makes the following false claims.
- Recessions and depressions are the natural outcome of capitalism.
- The rich get richer…the poor get power.
- Greedy businessmen take advantage of consumers.
- Capitalism spawns monopolies.
- Capitalism exploits the masses.
- People buy stuff they don’t need by going into debt.
- Without minimum wage, overtime and child labor laws…people including children would slave away at least 56 hours 7 days per week.
- And more nonsense too stupid too mention.
The above claims are nothing but hogwash…one lie after another. None of that is Laissez Faire Capitalism. They’re the result of government interventionism, central banking, socialism, cronyism and self-defeating social programs. And you wonder why hapless men and women are enslaved in the Hive Mind Mentality. In addition…you can see why critics attempt to confuse people on the real nature of capitalism.
Ayn Rand states “Laissez-faire capitalism is the only social system based on the recognition of individual rights and, therefore, the only system that bans force from social relationships. By the nature of its basic principles and interests, it is the only system fundamentally opposed to war.” We just discovered why war-mongering neo-conservatives pay only lip service to capitalism.
Ludwig von Mises says “Every step which leads from capitalism toward planning is necessarily a step nearer to absolutism and dictatorship.”
Apparently, the Elite and its Progressive Soldiers seek to enslave you with a New World Money – One World Government.
A person seeking outstanding success completely supports Laissez Faire Capitalism…the free enterprise system. He (she) knows this is a social system that brings out the best he can be. Also, he understands the progressive’s anti-capitalistic social schemes hinder his progress…and make it harder for him to achieve his goals and desires.
Once again…Objectivism carries the day as a formula for success.
Let’s look at Ayn Rand’s clear definition of ethics. “Ethics is a code of values to guide man’s choices and actions, the choices and actions that determine the purpose and the course of his life. Value is that which one acts to gain and/or keep.”
Amazing! In one sentence she delights our ambitions with the powerful words values, choices, actions and purpose…exactly what the individual needs to capture success.
Do you wonder why Progressives hate Objectivism…preferring you remain stuck in the Hive Mind Mentality? The four virtues just mentioned…means an honest man and woman doesn’t need or desire the State’s welfare schemes or transfer the wealth swindles. He or she disdains the poison that eats away at self-reliance. The productive person decides to Master the Social Maze.
Since Rand believes in trading value for value, you can see just how honest and sublime her definition is. It might suddenly occur to you that maybe the Objectivist philosophy has some validity after all. It’s a formula for success.
You might ask why someone needs a code of values. First, let me explain that an individual’s code of values must conform to reality…in tune with his best interests. Without this criteria his or her values are meaningless and (or) destructive to self and others.
How does a man or woman of integrity live? He or she lives by his or her values and beliefs without compromise. Ask yourself these questions. Do your values and beliefs correspond to reality? Do you live by your values and beliefs without compromise? The Rationally Selfish Individual lives by his code of values without compromise. Rational Selfishness is Enlightened Self-Interest.
Progressives expect you to act for the “good of society.” Let’s clear up this irresponsible nonsense now.
One of the Progressives’ favorite slogans is “This is for the good of society.” Have you ever asked yourself who this society character is? We hear about him, but we’ve never met him. Could society possibly be a woman? It sounds like a woman’s name. All kidding aside, I’m sure you get the point. There is no such thing as “society”. The term is a concept describing the combination of all individuals.
Here’s how the Progressive uses the term to violate your personal liberty and economic freedom. Certainly, he can’t be referring to all individuals. He advocates measures that keep some from enjoying freedom of choice. What he really crusades against is some of his fellow citizen’s choices…and he viciously violates their individual rights.
Do you want to have some fun? Challenge a Progressive or any other enemy of the individual with one request; ask “society” over for dinner. If he or she shows up, you will admit defeat.
Can you imagine this society character creating a formula for success? It’s absurd. Only individuals such as you and I act. Progressives use the “good of society” term as a politically correct weapon…to force you to succumb to their evil agenda of socialism and self-sacrifice. Instead of acting like a rational individual…you’re a selfless nothing.
Ayn Rand firmly states “An individualist is a man (woman) who recognizes the inalienable individual rights of man—his own and those of others. He is a man who says: “I will not run anyone’s life—nor let anyone run mine. I will not rule nor be ruled. I will not be a master nor a slave. I will not sacrifice myself to anyone—nor sacrifice anyone to myself.”
Individualism means you take responsibility for your life. You take charge of your thoughts, feelings and actions. You live with definite purpose…always moving towards your goals and desires.
We can conclude…Objectivism soars as a formula for success.
RA Meyer – The Objectivist Warrior Masters the Social Maze