Out of Kilter

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Ayn Rand

My philosophy, Objectivism, holds that:

1. Reality exists as an objective absolute—facts are facts, independent of man's feelings, wishes, hopes or fears.

2. Reason (the faculty which identifies and integrates the material provided by man's senses) is man's only means of perceiving reality, his only source of knowledge, his only guide to action, and his basic means of survival.

3. Man—every man—is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others.  He must exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself.  The pursuit of his own rational self-interest and of his own happiness is the highest moral purpose of his life.

4. The ideal political-economic system is laissez-faire capitalism.  It is a system where men deal with one another, not as victims and executioners, nor as masters and slaves, but as traders, by free, voluntary exchange to mutual benefit.  It is a system where no man may obtain any values from others by resorting to physical force, and no man may initiate the use of physical force against others.  The government acts only as a policeman that protects man's rights; it uses physical force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use, such as criminals or foreign invaders.  In a system of full capitalism, there should be (but, historically, has not yet been) a complete separation of state and economics, in the same way and for the same reasons as the separation of state and church.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Weighing in on the immigration problem

What we do with respect to our immigration "laws" is tantamount to saying to your fourteen year old daughter who hates school and loves her boyfriend: "Darling, if you get pregnant it will mean you're a lawbreaking hussy tart. It's wrong to get pregnant at your age. BUT if you do happen to get pregnant we'll buy you a house and a car and you can stay home and not go to school."

We tell foreigners that it's illegal to enter the country the way they are doing it BUT we reward them for their efforts.

They're the criminals.

We're the idiots.

We need to stop being politically correct and start being smart.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Missed our chance

Well, there they all were, parading in the streets on Beltane.

Illegal, and proud of it.

Why didn't we show up with guns and cattle cars?

Beats me.