Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Ugh. So Will Wilkinson is leaving CATO because he's doing the pragmatic thing a little too much for their liking, from what appears. This "liberaltarian" neologism is really just sad. Embarrassing. Drop it, wussies. You're either the real deal or you're a mealy-mouthed appeaser. Will, you really do need to go back and study up more on your Rand. (And some Peikoff, and some Norton, and some Aristotle, and some Dougs.) As she did not believe in such a thing as a moral-practical dichotomy, she advocated laissez-faire on principled moral grounds because it is practical. What she didn't harbor, was all the fucking cynicism that plagues the widespread contemporary American "give a shit" sense of life. What we need is for everyone to emulate shining examples of human perfection such as Aristotle, Howard Roark, Ayn Rand, Stanley Kubrick, Warren Buffett, Michael Jordan and the like (Jimmy Wales? eh? nudge), rather than accept anything less. We have free will. It can be done. The first virtue in making it happen is rationality. The basic guidebook is there in Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology. Go back to that, to the fundamentals, the bedrock. Go give a listen to Peikoff's Understanding Objectivism course. Couple that with a bombshell of a pro-Rand book on the way in the next few weeks, you might as well start now, go over it with a real fine-tooth comb this time. Let me see your REAL war face! You'll look back at that whole "liberaltarian" episode and go, "wtf was I thinking?" Will, are you a cynic or are you an idealist? It is either/or. Wynand or Roark. Will, search your feelings, you know this to be true. MWUUUAAAHAHAHAHAAA!!!!
READ AYN RAND.