Saturday, August 11, 2012

Class War (2)



        The current fad, inspired by Ayn Rand's mind, her stories and her super hero Alan Galt, presents an idea of class where division is into 'A' people and 'B' people.  The 'A' people, even though flawed by things like doubt and buoyed by things like selfishness, are in the grand tapestry better able to grasp value and thereby direct 'B' people in a manner most suited to the species Homo Sapiens.  Which is why 'A' people are entitled to preferential treatment, by for example taxing authorities, otherwise they lose interest or sulk, take their toys or electric cars, and go home to the Mountain of Solitude, or is it Krypton.  And the rattle of this argument can be heard here in the United States as a still small voice deep in the heart of  a troubled, and apparently Bible reading,  Republican Party.

       'A' people emerge, they are not elected or chosen by others, they don't go to special schools as Plato would have them do, they are just occasionally born.  Consequently social, bureaucratic and legal constraints on society as a whole and upon 'A' people in particular, should be reduced to a minimum, and best if done away with altogether.  Objectivists, for whom Ayn Rand wears the funny hat, define the species I belong to as heroic beings.  They go on to assure me that my own happiness provides the moral purpose of my life, and that my productive achievement is my most noble activity.  And then the Objectivists completely confuse me by assuring me that reason is my only absolute.  For my part, I think it reasonable, not to dismiss the past ten to twenty thousand years of Human experience as some sort of anomaly.



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