Thursday, May 20, 2010

What Does Rand Paul Believe?

Some pundits have said that the big pile of shit Paul stepped in was the result of his being inexperienced in politics. By that they mean he is not yet practiced in the art of lying. Although judging by his rapid backpedaling he appears to be a quick study as he is now in full lie mode.

What Does Rand Paul Believe?
He is not, as he will claim, a libertarian. Rand Paul is an acolyte in the religion of Ayn Rand. There is a big difference.
  • Paul believes that selfishness is a virtue and charity is a sin.
  • He believes the economically powerful ought to have more rights than poor people.
  • On civil rights Paul opposes state sponsored racism (Jim Crow laws). He supports the right of businesses to refuse to serve or hire blacks (or Asians or Hispanics). He supports the right of individual doctors to refuse to treat people based on their race. He opposes lynching but supports discrimination.
  • He believes the only human right is property rights. All other rights flow from property. An unstated corollary is that those without property have no rights.
As an example, I have every right to turn my suburban home into a toxic waste disposal site if that is my business. It is my property and I can do as I want with it as long as I seek profit. If my neighbors object they can buy me out (if they are rich enough) or they can move away but they do not have the right to turn to government to stop me.

Quotes from Ayn Rand
  • The Virtue of Selfishness (title of an essay)
  • When I say “capitalism,” I mean a full, pure, uncontrolled, unregulated laissez-faire capitalism ~ Virtue of Selfishness
  • They (Native Americans) didn't have any rights to the land.... Any white person who brings the element of civilization has the right to take over this continent. ~
  • West Point Q&A, 1974
  • The person who loves everybody and feels at home everywhere is the true hater of mankind. ~ The Fountainhead
  • The world is perishing from an orgy of self-sacrificing. ~ The Fountainhead
  • It would be kinder to acknowledge people’s existence by hating them. ~ The Fountainhead
  • To be free, a man must be free of his brothers. ~ Anthem
  • There is no such thing as duty. If you know that a thing is right, you want to do it. If you don't want to do it—it isn't right. ~ We The Living
  • If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject. ~ Time 2/29/1960
What does Rand Paul believe? In the end, all he believes in is Hedonism.

Source of Ayn Rand quotes

Note: Paul claims the first name he uses, short for Randal, has absolutely nothing to do with Ayn Rand. And, Randy, I don't believe you.

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