No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. ~ John DonneThe moral crime of conservative philosophy is Objectivism as embodied in the writings of Ayn Rand. At its core, Objectivism is the antithesis of Donne's words. It believes that all men are islands. That every man is an end entirely unto himself, as uncaring for others as he is uncared for himself.
It is a cruel and pitiless philosophy. If I see someone lying by the side of the road it expects me to walk on by unless I stand to profit by it. Altruism, the Good Samaritan, is evil. Caring for others is likened to slavery.
Altruism is incompatible with freedom, with capitalism and with individual rights. One cannot combine the pursuit of happiness with the moral status of a sacrificial animal. ~ Ayn Rand, The Virtue of SelfishnessEvery aspect of conservative politics is tainted with this foul brew.
- Protecting the global climate is evil because someone might benefit from the effort who is not me.
- Enron had the right to defraud the public because it was acting in its own self interest (their only crime was getting caught).
- Universal health care is evil because only those people who have earned enough money to afford health care should receive it. (The disease-ridden world conservatives prefer was described by Edger Allen Poe.)
- All non-wars are appeasement or compromise, ergo all wars are good. (see also)
Note: I am posting less frequently, and often less intelligently, because I am involved in a writing project that is consuming much of my creativity.