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More on David Kelley contra Ayn Rand (and Reason)

Old T.
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Dallas, TX
Post #: 1,031
"Only the direct effects of an idea are immediately implied by its content, and it is only these effects that exponents of the idea can be said to be advocating." -- David Kelley, Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand

Contra examples:

"... the young people of today are not responsible for the immoral state of the world into which they were born. Those who accept the welfare-statist ideology, assume their share of the guilt when they do so." -- Ayn Rand, The Objectivist—June 1966, The Question Of Scholarships

"Those who want slavery should have the grace to name it by its proper name. They must face the full meaning of that which they are advocating or condoning; the full, exact, specific meaning of collectivism, of its logical implications, of the principles upon which it is based, and of the ultimate consequences to which these principles will lead." -- Ayn Rand, Anthem, Author's Forward (1946) (Emphasis added).

Ayn Rand did not qualify this with "direct" vs. "indirect" effects implied by the "content" of an idea. All that can be rationally expected to flow from an idea (either hypothetically or putting it into practice) are what one advocates or condones. Ayn Rand did not absolve anyone of responsibility for the "indirect" effects of an idea that he accepts or advocates.

Note: This is my personal opinion. No one in NTOS is required to agree with me on this.
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