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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Self-interest, Military Industrial Complex, & Me

Yesterday I argued that logic and the English language is causing bad US decisions because they prevent the development of dialectical thinking in the American mind. They also caused the development of two different forms of capitalism — laissez-faire and social. These two forms of capitalism created the ‘Cold War’ between the USA and the Soviet Union. This war began after WWII and did not end until the late 1980s. For more than 40 years, the USA and the Soviet Union expended considerable human capital to build nuclear arsenals and space programs that could destroy both nations. During these 40 years, the USA also built a military-industrial Complex. Interestingly, President Eisenhower spoke of the potential evilness of the Complex. Are such complexes causing today’s wars?

The form of laissez-faire capitalism can be traced to the writings of Ayn Rand. She was born in 1905 in St. Petersburg, Russia and died in 1982 in New York City. She was forced to immigrate to the USA in 1926. She worked in Hollywood as a screenwriter and became a citizen in 1931.The Fountainhead (1943) was her first best_selling book. Its personality is a superior individual whose egoism and genius prevail in social relations. Atlas Shrugged (1957) tells about an anti-strike management of a big industry and a company of self_made men.

Her political philosophy is known ad ‘objectivism’ and is expressed in the following books: (1) For the New Intellectual (1961), (2) The Virtue of Selfishness (1965), (3) Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (1966), (40 Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology (1967), and (5) Philosophy: Who Needs It? (1982). Her philosophy is a conservative philosophy that posits individual effort and ability as the sole source of individual achievement. The pursuit of self_interest is first principle of her objectivism. She also speaks against altruism and sacrifice for the ‘common good.’ She believes that laissez_faire capitalism is the most congenial to the exercise of talent. Other Readings are as follows: Letters of Ayn Rand ed. by Michael S. Berliner (1995). The Passion of Ayn Rand (1986); Ayn Rand (1987); Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical (1995).

Rand thus rejects a Union of people. This means that the US republican form of government must be rejected. She rejects the religious belief that God gave all humans personal and social responsibilities. She also rejects that idea that God exists and that God creates things-in-themselves out of nothing by giving purpose to all created things. The ideas of ‘God-given purposes’ and ‘self-interest’ are thus inconsistent.

As seen, when the ideas of laissez-faire and socialism are allowed to coexist, a higher form of culture is formed in which a pure self-interest class of people and a pure self-interest military-industrial complex are limited.


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