February 16th, 2014

Quote of the Day

Ayn Rand reminds us…

“Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).”


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    Lord Bumwatch says:

    Great in theory!


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    Blowing Whistles says:

    They are fine words but did she have any idea of the barbaric and duplicitous activities of many who surrounded her, and wasn’t it rather easy to hide hidden agendas back then?


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    Wounded Cadger says:

    Yep, the basis of the EU…


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    JadedJean2 says:

    Ayn Rand was just another libertarian J’ewish anarchist. Which group has done rather well out of peddling the rights of the minority above the majority? Why is it allways about the rights of the imdindividual, what about the responsibilities of the individual to the group? This is at heart why most libertarian anarchists ate truly sad and lonely people.


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      …what about the responsibilities of the individual to the group?

      OK let’s look at that. Pick Galileo Galilei for example. The only group which counted then was the Holy See of the Roman Catholic Church. His Copernican beliefs, his theory of Tides and his heliocentrism especially were pronounced as heretical and he spent his life under house arrest having been forced to publicly recant what he continued to hold to be true. The inquisition even forced him to remove any reference to tides.

      This is what you get if you follow groupthink. An utter perversion of truth and prevention of real progress.

      One may argue that Galileo was not right in every respect. Others refined his thoughts. But his work opened up the world as we know it today. It has now even been praised by the same Catholic Church which branded him as a heretic, but four centuries too late!

      Most advances in science have been made by individuals going against the prevailing groupthink. Give me the choice and I will prefer the individual every time. In fact without individual free thinkers, there would be no government, parliament, public servants, quangos, corporations, banks, religions – not even the EU. Without individuals, they would all be nothing.

      If that makes these individuals sad and lonely people in your book, I can only respond with: So what?


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    tin foil top hat says:

    define “rights”.

    the EU has some pretty loony ideas on that front.


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    U K I P P E R S says:

    In before the saddos try and do a hatchet job on her, yes because we all have rich friends we can sponge off for most of our lives like Karl ‘China is an anamoly’ Marx


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    26% of Americans appear to believe that the sun orbits the earth.

    The same as the proportion of Brits who think a Labour government would be the best at managing the UK’s finances.


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    gerrydorrian66 says:

    Maybe good in theory, but what happens when a minority decides it has abrogated the rights of the majority? (eg Eurocrats, jihadis, etc)


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    Lotawords smart words. The individual is the smallest minority and he/she gets arse kicked.


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    harleyrider1778 says:

    9th amendment

    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people


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