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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Burning Greatness

Searching through youtube for objectivist-related material, I ran across a video named, "burn Atlas Shrugged Burn." I'll post the video here.



The issue surrounding this video doesn't deal with whether or not this individual should be allowed to light a book on fire. Ayn Rand was a huge advocate for personal property (which includes how one chooses to dispense of it). The problem I have when viewing this is why someone would want to burn one of the last, if not only, books defending what this very same someone is doing.

Such actions can not be explained through reason.

4 Comments:

  • It sounds to me like a ripoff of the Southpark episode where Officer Barbrady "reads" the book and says pretty much what the video ends with. Just some immature teenagers no doubt putting into practise some nonsense from tv which they thought was funny and "cool."

    By Blogger Alexander, at 3:10 PM  

  • While I cannot condone the burning of any book, not even the most absurd or wrong, as anything more than foolish I am no admirer of Rand.

    What I find pernicious about her ideology is that while it purports to uphold Western civilisation it actually visciously attacks the whole basis of our civilisation by taking one component of it (the freedom of the individual) and fanatically dismisses all others as 'collectivism'. The result is an ideology that defies reality in many cases, and we all know what comes out worse when ideology conflicts with reality.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:35 AM  

  • Why burn? Because it is fun. The enjoyment one gets from an activity is not something that can be questioned and dismissed as unreasonable unless there are other downsides that outweigh (subjectively) the benefits.

    Now if it had been Der Einzige und sein Eigentum, that would be a whole 'nother story.

    By Blogger TGGP, at 3:43 PM  

  • "Why burn? Because it is fun. The enjoyment one gets from an activity is not something that can be questioned and dismissed as unreasonable unless there are other downsides that outweigh (subjectively) the benefits."

    Who am I to question Hitler's enjoyment of killing millions of innocent people? If one can only 'subjectively' analyze the benefits, there is no such thing as to be right or wrong, i.e your concept of 'benefits' is equal to your concept of 'downsides'. According to your statement, Hitler's benefits of murder, subjectively outweigh his perceived downsides, due to his enjoyment.

    By Blogger Daniel Rigby, at 5:37 PM  

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