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North Texas Objectivist Society (NTOS) Message Board › A Tale of Two Parties for Thanksgiving

A Tale of Two Parties for Thanksgiving

Old T.
Group Organizer
Dallas, TX
Dear Friend,

Thanksgiving is a time to honor the producers on whose achievements we can continue to build our own wealth and happiness. In the North Texas Objectivist Society, we can especially honor and thank Ayn Rand for her monumental achievements in philosophy, which support and defend the virtue of productivity.

But for some of us the recent presidential election was a major disappointment. We may not feel in the mood for Thanksgiving right now.

From the producers’ perspective, the dominant political parties offered terrible choices, and many consider Obama the worse of two evils.

The Democratic Party essentially stands for socialism, seeking to re-distribute the wealth from those who produce it to those who do not. Its guiding moral principle is altruism. Its politics is characterized by class warfare, the whim of the majority, and the aristocracy of pull. In addition, the Democratic Party includes a strong anti-man environmentalist wing seeking to make conditions impossible for production.

The Republican Party essentially stands for capitalism, but the strong religious wing of the party seeks to criminalize a woman’s right to an abortion, to ostracize homosexuals, and to teach religion in government schools—the principle here is to obliterate the separation of church and state. Fearing demographic changes that have already become history, it opposes the citizenship of Latinos and other immigrants seeking this country as the land of opportunity—the land of capitalism. More fundamentally, its religious principle of altruism cedes the moral ground to socialism, leaving the Republican Party nothing but pragmatic arguments in defense of the capitalism it supposedly stands for. After a century of pragmatic compromises toward the principle of altruism, it is little wonder that the parties differ little on socialism versus capitalism—to the extent that tax funding for “Big Bird” of the Public Broadcasting System becomes a ludicrous subject of presidential debate. And it is little wonder—except to the religious wing—that the majority of the American people now find the Republican Party repugnant.

Nevertheless, the Republican Party attempts to support the political system of capitalism, and, notably at this time of Thanksgiving, the producers of wealth. At least on this ground the Obama victory is disappointing.

The Republican Party needs to immediately reject the religious wing and become secular. In time, it will need to reject the morality of altruism and instead adopt Ayn Rand’s philosophical defense of capitalism.

The glimmer of hope for the producers is Ayn Rand’s ideas are becoming increasingly prominent in our culture. For now, we can celebrate the virtue of productivity.

If you are in the North Texas area, we hope you will join us for our annual Thanksgiving celebration on Saturday, November 17, 2012! Please RSVP to help us plan!­

"Old Toad," Organizer
North Texas Objectivist Society
Dale M.
Colleyville, TX
Post #: 7
Well said... but let me add that the tenets of Libertarians also deserve a look and listen. -Take responsibility for yourself first and pull your own weight to earn what you get. It is up to each person to do what they can for themselves and thereby personally empower and benefit themselves, and increase their value to society as well. This process is what creates and/or earns the liberties and freedoms the person and society can enjoy. Personal and societal liberties/freedoms are NOT "free", despite the entitlement programs that seem to send a message to the contrary. This virtually parallels Objectivism in process if you plug in liberties and freedoms for earned profits and capitalism.
I am not against giving people in genuine need a "hand UP" but at a point it becomes point-less to continue to give people more "hand OUTS". What's that saying? "Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime!" -Gotta go do some fishing for myself now.
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