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Bringing Selfish Back

johnm h Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 7:31 AM
Free markets require choice and scarcity not selfishness. Actors in markets are accountable for their decisions. Actors in government, foundations, government supported corporations, aren't. Self interest in the former must be tempered by the fact of accountability. Self interest in government is not tempered so that self interest becomes selfishness and morphs among many at the top into corruption. Markets are complex systems, as are cultures and societies in general. Complex system self organize depending on the rules posited. This is chaos theory and it is Hayek. Posit clear rules and laws you get freedom and prosperity. Posit even benign centralized planning and you get totalitarianism.
Big O7 Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 10:04 AM
Short comment filled with red meat. Please keep sharing, amigo. Excellent! By the way, would someone hold Romney's feet to the fire until he can repeat this ten times by memory?
Step aside, Justin Timberlake. Let’s bring selfish back, y’all!

Last week, I wrote that if you are a Christian, you must embrace Ayn Rand’s economic philosophy (capitalism). Today, I will explore this further.

To recap, philosophers who came before Christ (think Aristotle), philosophers who rejected Christ (think Rand) and philosophers who accepted Christ (think Thomas Aquinas) concur that human laws must stem from natural law, which stems from reason. Said differently, all rational thinkers embrace natural law. Capitalism is the most rational political system and therefore the best political expression of natural law, so rational Christians...