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Mr. President, meet M. de Tocqueville

RichardsKY Wrote: Jul 27, 2012 8:12 AM
"For the unrestrained power of the individual is as great a threat to freedom as the unrestrained power of the state." - WRONG!!!! The state has the power to take, without my consent, my liberty and my property. If an individual wants it, he has to have my consent.
rosalyn3 Wrote: Jul 27, 2012 12:53 PM
Yes, the state is "force". But an unrestrained populace, with no self control, and no moral compass, elects those similar to themselves and they succumb to the corruptions of power.
rosalyn3 Wrote: Jul 27, 2012 12:57 PM
This is where Ayn Rand seems to goes astray. Rand seems to me to be saying that the individual rules supreme and can say to any and all authority "sez who?". The individual must have strong self restraint. Humanity is not basically good, but basically evil.

Somewhere in one of Barack Obama's campaign speeches this election year, like a piece of barbed wire in an otherwise light and puffy soufflé of empty platitudes, was this remarkable comment:

"If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."

There are certain phrases, like this one, so memorable that they come to stand for the whole of a speech. Indeed for a whole attitude, for the whole spirit of a man and maybe of an age. For instance: "Give me liberty or give me death!" "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" Or, in...