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Although I am an atheist, I think that since the Reagan era the Democrats have made a huge mistake in not framing progressive policies as the "moral" thing to do and painting many Republican policies as immoral and the opposite of the preachings of Jesus.
On the other hand - this would tend to put Democrats in an adversarial position to many of the policies of the Fortune 500 (outsourcing, anti-environment, pro slave labor etc). But they are already viewed that way.


Lance, I have to take issue with this column. I know you warned about not equating Atlas Shrugged with the Sermon on the Mount but this..."That’s not to equate Atlas Shrugged with the Sermon on the Mount. It’s just that people are very good at turning even the best ideas inside out in order to justify doing whatever selfish thing it is they want to do. It’s all on the preachers, and it’s all on Bereznak’s father."

The *best* ideas? Rand????

Rand is a "best" idea like sociopathology is a "best" way to deal with a community. It's an adolescent self-aggrandizement of selfishness and the poorest rationale for libertinity known to mankind. It excuses anti-social behavior by claiming there is some "objective" value system upon which to judge society, conveniently ignoring the fact that in itself, Objectivism IS a moral system, and thus subjective from the get-go.


A few years flipping burgers or cleaning toilets might well have greatly improved Ayn Rand's vision of the world. Instead, she drifted off into a fantasy world, in which tyranny over others and being the perpetual victim of your own desires was all she had to offer. She made a desolation and called it prosperity.

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