Greg Hengler
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This video is a response to those Libertine Libertarian, Randian, hedonistic/materialistic, mostly 20-something Ron Paul enthusiasts I encountered at this year's CPAC who follow a political philosophy developed by Ayn Rand called Objectivism. According to Objectivism, if one gets rid of God and other distractions that interfere with objectivity, and looks coldly at reality, then the truth is supposed to "objectively" present itself.

If you have read Rand's doorstop novel (1,368 pages), Atlas Shrugged, you will discover that the main thrust of her book is not the propagation of Objectivism, but expressing her hatred of God. In Part Two, Chapter Two, Francisco D'Anconia says, "Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to be the tool by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of men. Blood, whips and guns--or dollars. Take your choice--there is no other--and your time is running out." Actually, there's also love--Christian love, especially. And unlike the dollar, it hasn't declined in vlaue since 1957.

Chapter Seven is "This is John Galt Speaking," in which Galt seizes control of a radio station and spouts Objectivism for hours--the speech runs some 70 pages. The key section is where Galt says, "For centuries, the battle of morality was fought between those who claimed that your life belongs to God and those who claimed that it belongs to your neighbors--between those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of ghosts in heaven and those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of incompetents on earth. And no one came to say that your life belongs to you and the good is to live it."

Recent biographies, such as Goddess of the Market, describe how young Alisia Rosenbaum (Rand's given name) first came to America without a kopeck in her purse and was taken care of by relatives. Their love for her was what she later would decry as the "altruism" that is opposed to The Virtue of Selfishness (the title of one of her books).

Rand died in 1982. She couldn't take her money with her. Only charity goes with you into eternity. Now she knows--assuming knowledge of such things is allowed wherever she ended up.

So here is former Congressman Bob McEwen presenting the most concise, simple, and highly engaging speeches on the relationship between the citizen and their government--God not excluded.

BTW: If you're looking for a more solid, hard-hitting critique of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, try Whittaker Chamber's piece published by William F. Buckley back in 1957--the year her book was released.

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