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Biography of Ayn Rand, an American 20th century novelist, shartp thinker and founder of the philosophy of objectivism. Nathaniel Branden's relation with women. About the psychology of intellectual movement, the process of individuation, the drama of growth and evolution.
First, as introduction to the topics of the Branden's book, see Karl Marx's "The Communist Manifesto".
So how far did they go already in YOUR country?
In contrast to communism, collectivism, socialism, which is forced altruism, I want to present the key-questions of Ayn Rand's philosophy which I found in Branden's book in German (sorry, I had not yet had the time to translate it):
Hier ein paar schluesselfragen von AR im Jahre 1950, aus dem obigen Buch von Nathaniel Branden (alias Nathan Blumenthal, NB):
Zitate (meine uebersetzung aus dem englischen) und zusammenfassung der wichtigsten thesen von AR:
ja! wird jeder vernuenftige mensch antworten.
ja. das ist klar, weil wenn er geboren worden wäre, um anderen zu dienen oder sich dem willen anderer zu unterwerfen, das birgt kein recht auf existenz. [kein wunder, dass er dass verstand, denn NB hatte mit 14 Jahren schon Bertrand Russel gelesen und fuer sich im alter von 12 Jahren schon die frage, ob gott existiert beantwortet; seitdem war er atheist, see p26: "the univere _is_, love for being, love for existence itself."]
NB war zu dem zeitpunkt 20J alt. Leute ohne geschichtliches Wissen können -wie er zu diesem zeitpunkt- kaum abschätzen, wie radikal diese aussagen sind.
The above shows the essential moral base for freedom and the fallacy of altruism. It is fuel for the mind.
AR said: "we all need that fuel!"
Each generation needs to fight for their ideologies otherwise they become, quote Ludwig von Mises: "soulless pawns in the hands of a monster [collectivism]".
ask yourself, if society has the right to force others to commit their life to an ideology (socialism) which has no moral base - because it is based on violence - guaranteed by the monopoly for violence by the state.
many think we have to choose between either socialism OR capitalism!
but socialism needs capitalism, otherwise there is nothing to exploit. inn fact, capitalism gave birth to socialism a few hundred years ago.
it is not easy to grasp the essence of laissez-faire capitalism; for example Bastiat's statement:
if he needs 3 books to explain such fundamentals, then Bastiat knew that most people have problems understanding it.
the central statement, which only great thinker like Bastiat can express in short with precise words, is this:
"Governments perform only actions having force as their sanction. Now, it is permitted to force someone to be just, but not to force him to be charitable. Law, when it would do by force what ethics does by persuasion, far from rising to the region of charity, falls into the domain of plunder.
The proper domain of law and governments is justice."
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