for Mass Murder
Kelley is the executive director of The Objectivist Center, celebrated
in some libertarian circles as a forum for moderate randianism.
is what Kelley has to say about the response to the acts of terror
on September 11:
is an exercise of reason that civilized people use to resolve their
differences. We are not dealing with civilized people. We must cease
the policy of excusing their violence by their poverty and trying
to buy them off with subsidies. We are not dealing with people who
seek such gain. We must declare war on the terrorists and use whatever
force it takes to render them incapable of posing any further threat."
is advocating war with "whatever force it takes" against
enemies who are less than human (not "civilized people").
This is the voice of the reasonable Objectivist faction. What about
the unreasonable faction?
Peikoff the "intellectual heir" of Ayn Rand
is the founder of The Ayn Rand Institute, the fountainhead of orthodox
reaction is unsurprisingly similiar to Kelley’s,
but even more indiscriminate. Americas enemies, it seems, are Arabs
Arabs embodied in extreme form every idea-selfless duty, anti-materialism,
faith or feeling above science, the supremacy of the group-which
our universities and churches, and our own political Establishment,
had long been preaching as the essence of virtue."
what are Americans to do about the blatantly religious Arab altruists?
Simple. Kill’em all inflict "mass death" upon the citizens
of Towelhead Nations:
those who oppose war, I ask: If not now, when? How many more corpses
are necessary before this country should take action? The choice
today is mass death in the United States or mass death in the terrorist
libertarians are attracted to the remnants of Aristotelian philosophy
within Objectivism. Those elements are conspicuously absent in the
Objectivist proposals provoked by terrorism. The enemy is a faceless,
barely human, collective entity. No references are made to the Just
say that war brings out the best and the worst in people. That goes
for Objectivists too, and it is not a pleasant revelation for libertarians.
Batiste (send him mail)
is a libertarian writer in Uppsala, Sweden.
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