Thanks to the writings of Ayn Rand being used as a political “bible” by those on the right, the United States is now one of the most uncaring nations in the industrialized world, a neo-Dickensian society where healthcare is only for those who can afford it, and where young people are coerced into huge student-loan debt that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy.
Our American politicians and the religious leaders of the Right have all fallen prey to a cult-like movement that worships at the altar of Ayn Rand. Thanks to Rand the United States is now one of the most uncaring nations in the industrialized world, a neo-Dickensian society where healthcare is only for those who can afford it, and where young people are coerced into huge student-loan debt that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy. Rand said “Capitalism and altruism are incompatible”
The choice is clear-cut: either a new morality of rational self-interest, with its consequences of freedom, justice, progress and man’s happiness on earth the primordial morality of altruism, with its consequences of slavery, brute force, stagnant terror and sacrificial furnaces. Altruism is a concern for the welfare of others. It is a traditional virtue in many cultures, and a core aspect of various religious traditions. Altruism is the opposite of selfishness. This absurdity that selfishness is a virtue and that there is no place for altruism in our society has been proven both false by the Wall St Banks who did and do not care who they hurt as they raked in billions, aided and abetted by our politicians who look upon these people as gods as they collapsed our economy, turned around and bailed out their gods while they allowed the 99% to drown as the ripples of the economic collapse of 2008 still washes over our society in everlasting waves.
Rand heroes are creative individualists, with the characteristics of intelligence and aptitude, self-control, moral resolution, radical individualism and emotional restraint (seeming cold or lacking empathy). These characteristics are now prevalent in our politicians, who do not care about anything but serving the needs of the 1%. These Randites think they are on the path to economic and political salvation. They are blind to the problems caused by the 1% and by their own misguided economic proposals. We can’t tax their gods- the job “Creators” while the facts prove what a disaster that policy has been. They seek to tear down 245 years of advancements for the people in order to afford more tax cuts for their gods. We have to purge our political populations of those who think selfishness is a virtue, who take medical coverage from those who need it just to give tax breaks to those who do not, who would let someone die if they do not have health insurance, who think that anyone who lost their job and/or their houses did so as a result of their own actions when the economic collapse was from their gods’ meddling with our economy. We have to purge those religious leaders who preach not the teachings of Christ but who instead preach the virtue of selfishness and the evils of altruism, a complete reversal of everything that Christ taught. Until we do this, the great ship of state that is America will be doomed to the fate of the other “unsinkable” ship.