Ayn Rand: Question Tsunami Altruism
Fri Dec 31st, 2004 at 10:17:08 CDT
Man, there are real pieces of work out there. And thank god the internet lets us know them by name.
Let's just start at the beginning:
U.S. Should Not Help Tsunami Victims
Thursday December 30, 2004
By: David Holcberg
Our money is not the government's to give.
Feel free to read along ... here's the full article.
Oh David. What a holiday spirit. You know, over the years I've had a lot of interesting people quote me stuff from Ayn Rand as if it were some kind of new wave religion. And now I know, it's a religion for people who think money is power and money makes them right. Let's poke at some of David's fascinating thoughts.
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Such help may be entirely proper, especially considering that most of those affected by this tragedy are suffering through no fault of their own.
Notice he says "most" ... which where TPM picked up on this. So those damn Sri Lankans who angered the Ocean God are, actually getting what they deserved. Actually, David seems to mean something far more sinister here. See, it's their fault because they're poor. But before we filet him for that, let's examine the crux of his so-called argument:
The United States government, however, should not give any money to help the tsunami victims. Why? Because the money is not the government's to give.
(some gratiutous examples of foreign aid snipped)
The question no one asks about our politicians' "generosity" towards the world's needy is: By what right? By what right do they take our hard-earned money and give it away?
So let me get this straight. This guy actually has a job as a research assistant, and yet he was unable to go find a dictionary and look up the word government.
David, you silly boy, it's their right because we gave them that right when we elected them. That's how a representative democracy works. No taxation without representation? Maybe you were sick in class that day.
What is baffling, of course, is why a world altering event (literally - remember this earthquake changed the earth's rotation) causing so much death and devastation that it makes Atlantis look like a tea party is suddenly a cause of concern for David, particularly since the US is offering relatively meager sum. What, no complaint that four times the amount of that foreign aid is being spent daily in Iraq? David is apparently OK with our government having a blank check to remove regimes, bomb cities and kill thousands of people ourselves. But when natural forces do it, it's a moral outrage for our government to get out the checkbook? Why one might ask?
This is why Americans--the wealthiest people on earth--are expected to sacrifice (voluntarily or by force) the wealth they have earned to provide for the needs of those who did not earn it. It is Americans' acceptance of altruism that renders them morally impotent to protest against the confiscation and distribution of their wealth. It is past time to question--and to reject--such a vicious morality that demands that we sacrifice our values instead of holding on to them.
Oh. You see, the problem David has is that rich people are being forced to spend money on poor people. Because we know all rich people worked long and hard for their money and therefore are actually superior creatures to those lazy Sri Lankans who have nothing to do but to wait for the earth to figure out ways to kill them.
Brilliant. I don't think anyone could have said anything more bastardly before the New Year. Way to get in before a deadline, David.
Two things I know for sure after reading this OpEd piece. I'm glad I never read Atlas Shrugged and tsunamis have very bad aim.
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