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The 2020 Election - Capitalism vs Collectivism Rand Style

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The 2020 Election - Capitalism vs Collectivism Rand Style

The essence of the 2020 Presidential election is shaping up to be capitalism vs. collectivism in the way Ayn Rand laid it out. 

I don't know what's happened in the Objectivist subcommunity. I keep seeing the enormous difficulty our fearless leaders have in applying Rand's thinking to current events. 

This might be because of sematics, gobs and gobs of semantics. For example, President Trump is considered among the intelligentsia (both within O-Land and without) as a nationalist. We rarely hear of him referred to as a capitalist.

But capitalist he is. And I mean politically. How many times has he said at important events like the State of the Union that America will never become a socialist country? He said it at the UN. He said it at one rally after another. He has preached the gospel of a non-socialist America in the short time he has been a politician more than anyone since Ayn Rand if public spread of the idea is the measure. And I'm including Ronald Reagan in that.

In President Trump's conception, a capitalist society cannot exist without a nation or nations to practice it in. This is probably why he never bothered with the theory of capitalism. His life has been more about living capitalism than talking about it. In other words, he's been too busy building things and making money from it to bother with studying and forming mental constructs he can use to condemn people with or get a job at a think tank with.

I happen to think he's right about living it first, then preaching it. Frankly, I myself fall short on doing the same. (I'm working on correcting that, though.) 

Our O-Land luminaries are so stuck on abstract ideas they gleaned from Rand, they don't know how to apply them to current affairs. 

In the post following this one, I am going to present a case from a person who is NOT an Objectivist, but who dug up a lecture by Rand (on the McGovern campaign) and applied it to what is unfolding right before our eyes. Every day. And it has been happening for a long time.

Yet nobody in O-Land has been talking about it.

Just like they are missing the critical issue of the 2020 campaign, capitalism vs. collectivism, because in their heads and pronouncements, they claim President Trump is no capitalist. They call him a fascist, big government person yada yada yada, and that leads them to anywhere except the fundaments.

Oh, they get the collectivism part. I mean, with Bernie openly calling himself a socialist, all the Dem primary candidates agreeing with supplying health care for illegal aliens, and so on, how can anyone miss it? But bashing collectivism in abstract terms only (with the exception, maybe, of pointing to Venezuela), and all the while saying capitalism is the answer--without having anything concrete to point to that modern folks understand or relate to, is just plain stomp down lame.

The issue of the century is right before them, in Randian terms at that, and they are missing it.

Well other people are not missing it.

I'm presenting below a post about someone not in O-Land who didn't miss it. And it's brilliant.

Hopefully other examples will arise and someone (or I) will add it to this thread as time goes along. In fact, I believe we are seeing the start of a new wave of Rand in politics--totally outside of O-Land. Time will tell.

Michael

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Lookee what I found, a dude in the alternative media called RazorFist.

You can find him here: The Rageaholic.

Now why am I talking about him? Because he is talking about Ayn Rand better than I've seen in a while and applying it to modern politics during an election year.

Check this out. I was so impressed with the following video, I transcribed part of it. (Actually, I used Google's transcription, then cleaned it up, then researched and cleaned that up. It was work.) Don't be misled because it doesn't mention Rand in the title. The bulk of the video is about Rand.

Bernie BTFO'd on Super Tuesday!

 

Note: I didn't know what BTFO meant, so I looked it up. According to the Urban Dictionary, BTFO means: "Acronym which stands for 'blown the fuck out.' Generally used to refer to a sports team that loses to another by a large margin. Especially if the losing team was expected to win."

Now, about the video, RazorFist presents a passage of Ayn Rand speaking at the Ford Hall Forum in the context of today's Democratic party. He starts showing a picture of Rand, then keeps her voice going in VO as he puts up a string of recent images from the news that illustrate her points. He also cites a passage from "The Left: Old and New," which can be found in The Return of the Primitive.

He shows and marvels over how predictive Rand was and it is fantastic.

The whole video is a little over 12 minutes, but the passage in the transcript below goes from 3:16 to 9.05. (Hell, just watch the whole thing.) I have put all words by Rand in italics.

The first excerpt is from Ayn Rand's talk, “A Nation’s Unity,” on October 9, 1972 at the Ford Hall Forum. This talk was an analysis of the McGovern campaign. Man, how little has changed...

 

For context, RazorFist was talking about the splintering of the left that is taking down the Democrats in this election. And it's unfolding right before our eyes.

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RAZORFIST: And if I can make a momentary detour into philosophy here, I believe that's the purest expression of what Ayn Rand described as The New Left. Whatever you feel about the philosophy of the Ex-Soviet Siren in question, in a collection of essays called The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution, she pegged the future of the Democratic parties so hard, Buttigieg splayed his ass cheeks fucking reflexively. 

The Old Left, she alleged, were misled on many points, but ultimately [they were] at least amenable to personal liberties and the personal pursuit of profit. 

The New Left, she argued, were reduced to a slathering horde of me-monkeys conditioned to rally around just one social or political cause at once, easily corralled into individual groups for ease of exploitation for fucking votes, endlessly generating political pressure groups and lobbying organizations, demanding unequivocally their cause célèbre takes center stage in the party's platform.

Keep in mind the historical context. This was during the late sixties, folks, the noxious nexus point for the hippie fucking left.

 

AYN RAND: Suppose it was decided but never announced openly and explicitly that the nation holds the absolute power of a Greek city-state. But since one cannot convene an entire nation to a monthly meeting, the people are compressed into groups representing various interests, and the government acts as arbiter and ruler – who listens to their clashing demands and enforces the will of those it deems to be representative of the public interest.

[NOTE FROM MSK: SKIP IN RAND'S ORIGINAL TEXT.]

First, there is a business lobby. But you don’t mind it, it helps your boss.

Then there is a labor lobby. But you don’t mind it – it helps you!

Then there is a farm lobby. But you don’t notice it. It is too remote from your activities.

Then a neighbor on the next block forms a group demanding better roads, and two blocks further a woman forms a group demanding better schools.

Another group demands ‘free lunches‘ for all school children and a rival group demands free textbooks.

Your windows are smashed one night by a group of the local juvenile delinquents or "problem adolescents." They shout "non-negotiable demands" which you cannot quite untangle, but you gather it has something to do with "Youth Power."

The residents of the local Old Folks' Home form a group demanding ‘Senior-Citizen Power’.

The old-maid file clerk-at the office, whom you can’t stand because she can’t keep the files straight, is given a promotion--with the help of a group that demands the "Liberation of Women."

You have no time to keep track of it all. You notice only that your taxes keep rising and rising--and your money keeps buying less and less.

You are late getting to the office one morning because the local welfare recipients’ group lies stretched out across the highway, demanding a yearly income greater than half of yours; you slam on your breaks just in time to avoid running over the group’s leader, a lady known as "Fatso," who has 12 children and no visible husband.

[NOTE FROM MSK: SKIP IN RAND'S ORIGINAL TEXT.]

There’s a group that demands the display of sexual intercourse on the screen and another group that demands censorship of all movies above the intellectual level of a six-year-old. So you give up going to the movies.

 

RAZORFIST: I will now quote directly from the text. 

Quote:

And so today we see the spectacle of old Marxists blessing, aiding and abetting the young hoodlums (who are their products and heirs) who proclaim the superiority of feelings over reason, of faith over knowledge, (...) of spiritual concerns over material comforts, of primitive nature over technology. (...)

The old-line Marxists used to claim that a single modern factory could produce enough shoes to provide for the whole population of the world and that nothing but capitalism prevented it. 

When they discovered the facts of reality involved, they declared that going barefoot is superior to wearing shoes.

Unquote.

[NOTE FROM MSK: THE PASSAGE IS FROM RAND'S ESSAY, "THE LEFT: OLD AND NEW."]

She was unremittingly dumped on when she made this argument at the time, by the way, with shitbag historian and unauthorized Rand biographer, James T. Baker, calling [it] a, quote, "shrill proclamation... And that it's more negative than positive, more destructive than constructive." 

How did that appraisal hold up, you fucking hack? 

In short, she argued the New Left was a scion of the 60s, meaning the modern DNC birthed the generation of one issue voters--at that time largely civil rights and environmentalism as an expressway to temporary electoral gains. 

And as the 70s gave way to the 80s, gave way to the 90s, [it] steadily spawned one single issue voting bloc after another. Until now--in 2020--when the DNC has become increasingly incapable of servicing them all, particularly as these disparate groups continue to conflict. 

If you err on the side of social change, be it tranny tug jobs in public restrooms, or the even more alarming increasingly audible specter of pedos rights, you see a steady decrease in minority turnout because Gary, Indiana ain't exactly a hotbed of ladyboys and shemales. 

If you argue for open borders, unions get up in arms because it drives down dues by slashing the shit out of workers' wages. The New Left went from "reals" to "feels," from philosophy to collectivist convenience, and now, just a few generations later, there's too many "feels" to fucking fix.

Believe me, this will do more to spread Rand among the young people than sitting around bickering about low-audience niche purity issues within O-Land.

Some may not like RazorFist's constant punctuation by profanity, but, hell, we get similar right here on OL. :)

This is really good work by RazorFist. Some may not like his style, but he is--and will be--part of changing the world for the better. Here's a hint to back that up. He posted his video yesterday and, at the time of my post here, it has over 87,000 views--on YouTube alone. (Being a good alt media dude, he uses different platforms.)


As a footnote, in a few places, Razorfist cut out a section from Rand's original text. I have indicated where in the transcription, but for the point of the message, and especially for keeping the video tight for his target public, I think he chose cuts that worked well. I wished he would have mentioned he did that, but whatever.

Also, Razorfist put up an image of the text from "The Left: Old and New" that he quoted. There were a couple of skips in that, too, which I indicated with three dots, and I had to correct the text in a few places on trivial things (like changing "was" to "is," etc.) I mention this merely for the sake of being a nitpicker. 

If I missed anything, please let me know.

Otherwise, enjoy the show.

:) 

Michael

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33 minutes ago, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

I don't know what's happened in the Objectivist subcommunity.

Is this an Object-i-visit? Your observations are spot on.

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