“… libertarians generally have low endorsement of all five moral concerns (Harm, Fairness, Ingroup Loyalty, Authority, and Purity)…”
Those of us who have been observing the libertarian invasion and take-over of the GOP have been remarking on the qualities mentioned above. They have no morality, honor, fairness, compassion, or decency. Now, we have the statistic to prove the theory.
The big question is why? Is it a mindset that is naturally there, or have libertarians learned their behavior from the viciousness of Ayn Rand?
What do you think of a Republican member of the United States Senate who stands up and reads from, and quotes a woman who was a great admirer of a merciless serial killer? You might find yourself asking the same questions I am asking.
This is really vile. One of the people Ayn Rand admired most was William Edward Hickman. In 1927 Hickman butchered a 12 year old girl, Marion Parker.
“…Then he took a pocket knife and cut a hole in her throat. Then he cut off each arm to the elbow. Then he cut her legs off at the knees. He put the limbs in a cabinet. He cut up the body in his room at the Bellevue Arms Apartments. Then he removed the clothing and cut the body through at the waist. He put it on a shelf in the dressing room. He placed a towel in the body to drain the blood. He wrapped up the exposed ends of the arms and waist with paper. He combed back her hair, powdered her face and then with a needle fixed her eyelids. He did this because he realized that he would lose the reward if he did not have the body to produce to her father.
Hickman packed her body, limbs and entrails into a car, and drove to the drop-off point to pick up his ransom; along his way he tossed out wrapped-up limbs and innards scattering them around Los Angeles. When he arrived at the meeting point, Hickman pulled Miriam’s head and torso out of a suitcase and propped her up, her torso wrapped tightly, to look like she was alive–he sewed wires into her eyelids to keep them open, so that she’d appear to be awake and alive. When Miriam’s father arrived, Hickman pointed a sawed-off shotgun at him, showed Miriam’s head with the eyes sewn open (it would have been hard to see for certain that she was dead), and then took the ransom money and sped away. As he sped away, he threw Miriam’s head and torso out of the car, and that’s when the father ran up and saw his daughter–and screamed….”
Ayn Rand was a drug addicted, psychopath who has inspired any number of conservatives from Justice Thomas to Rush Limbaugh. She is the patron saint of libertarians and the tea parties.
“…As much as Ayn Rand detested human “parasites,” there is one thing she strongly believed in: creating conditions that increase the productivity of her Supermen – the William Hickmans who rule her idealized America: “If [people] place such things as friendship and family ties above their own productive work, yes, then they are immoral. Friendship, family life and human relationships are not primary in a man’s life. A man who places others first, above his own creative work, is an emotional parasite.”
And yet Republican faithful like GOP Congressman Paul Ryan read Ayn Rand and make declare, with pride, “Rand makes the best case for the morality of democratic capitalism.” Indeed. Except that Ayn Rand also despised democracy, as she declared: “Democracy, in short, is a form of collectivism, which denies individual rights: the majority can do whatever it wants with no restrictions. In principle, the democratic government is all-powerful. Democracy is a totalitarian manifestation; it is not a form of freedom.”…”
Rand believed in class warfare.
“…The appeal of Ayn Rand to conservatives is both considerable and inexplicable. Modern conservatism was largely defined by Ronald Reagan’s faith in the people instead of elites. Rand regarded the people as “looters” and “parasites.” She was a strenuous advocate for class warfare, except that she took the side of a mythical class of capitalist supermen. Rand, in fact, pronounced herself “profoundly opposed” to Reagan’s presidential candidacy, since he did not meet her exacting ideological standards….
Many libertarians trace their inspiration to Rand’s novels, while sometimes distancing themselves from Objectivism. But both libertarians and Objectivists are moved by the mania of a single idea — a freedom indistinguishable from selfishness. This unbalanced emphasis on one element of political theory — at the expense of other public goals such as justice and equal opportunity — is the evidence of a rigid ideology. Socialists take a similar path, embracing equality as an absolute value. Both ideologies have led good people into supporting policies with serious human costs.
Conservatives have been generally suspicious of all ideologies, preferring long practice and moral tradition to utopian schemes of left or right. And Rand is nothing if not utopian. In “Atlas Shrugged,” she refers to her libertarian valley of the blessed as Atlantis….”
There is no other way to describe this seriously disturbed woman. Take that back, she wasn’t disturbed, she was abjectly selfish. She built her life around selfish. That is all she was, a pathetic cult leader.
The truly amusing part of this is the way her cult followers try to use philosophy and logic to explain her truly weird way of thinking.
Objectivism is a cult.
It like the old story of the emperor having no clothes. There is nothing there. It is empty. The people who follow Rand are empty, soulless selfish creatures who are truly pathetic excuses of humanity.
The real problem here is Rand’s philosophy of life (if you can actually call it a philosophy) truly reflects the libertarian mindset – which is what The Pink Flamingo has been telling you for ages.
There is a fascinating blog about psychology and politics – A Politics & Moral Psychology Blog, that has been delving into the libertarian mind. It ain’t pretty. It is a reflection of Rand: Cruel, vicious, lacking compassion, honesty, kindness, honor, fairness, and consideration for others. They are less responsible and less sympathetic than others. They have no loyalty. They are not fair. All that matters is cold intellectual reason, and we know how far that gets you.
They are basically Vulcans - more Intellectual, Independent, and Logical than the rest of us. For those of us who have learned all there is to know about life from Star Trek, the voice of logic, intellect, and reason is not necessarily the best solution to the problem. (The best solution is to go full speed head, phasers dead on, arm the photon torpedoes, and then show compassion. If necessary blow up the whole damn planet and worry about the mess later. It’s the Captain Kirk view of life). I am not a big fan of Vulcans because of their lack of compassion, honor, fairness, consideration for others, etc.
It shows exactly what a number of us have been saying about libertarians. They are dishonest, have no loyalty, no compassion, no fairness, no honor. They consider themselves far more intellectual than the rest of us, with no humility or wisdom in their so called intellect. When intellect is all in one’s perception of one’s self, then there is no real intellect, only delusion.
This chart also shows why conservatives are such idiots. They value being responsible, loyal, and honest (durn, I have those values). When people have those values, they tend to project them onto others. I think that explains why conservatives are constantly duped by libertarians.
One of the very real problems associated with followers of Rand is the fact that there appear to be very questionable ethics of both Rand and her followers.
From Ayn Rand, Contra Human Nature:
“…That’s right. If you endanger your life to save a stranger, you are immoral. Not just immoral, but psychologically damaged, in that you lack self-esteem.
Now, let’s try to imagine just such a situation, but in a world where almost everyone has adopted Rand’s moral code. A lone young girl is swept out to sea on a dangerous surf beach. The crowd stands by, doing nothing, as they have too much self-esteem to risk their own life for the young girl, who is after all a ‘random stranger.’ A man plunges in after her. Both nearly drown in the attempted rescue, but eventually after a great struggle he brings the both of them into shore alive. They both lie exhausted, gasping on the beach. Eventually he lifts his head only to be greeted by grim faces and contemptuous stares from the surrounding crowd. One woman eventually speaks, voice brimming with emotion: “That was the most immoral thing I’ve ever seen. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.” The crowd nod fiercely, and turn away in frank disgust….”
Would someone please explain to The Pink Flamingo why this woman is so blasted important?