“The great creators-the thinkers, the artists, the scientists, the inventors-stood alone against the men of their time.”
– Ayn Rand, writer
I think of my childhood and the childhoods of the many friends I grew up with in the ultra comfortable environs of Wyckoff and Franklin Lakes, NJ! Hardship for us was not being able to get a ride to the friend’s house…who lived just beyond bicycle range!
It is no wonder that most of them today have become radicals, social-marxists or just the “useful idiots” that all forms of tyranny, soft and hard come to rely on…Just this morning, I read a post from one who thinks of Capitalism as “slavery”. He laments that as a handyman, he and the migrant workers in our area “work harder than Donald Trump, and yet he (Trump) is rewarded more.”
And then I think of what it must have been like to grow up in Russia and witness both the Kerensky Revolution and the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 as a high school student. To actually live with death, see friends disappear and experience “near starvation” after the communists confiscate your father’s pharmacy!
There are two people I most fantasize spending an evening with in the warm glow of an Irish Tavern discussing…Life! Winston Churchill, no stranger to tyranny and Ayn Rand, the little girl from Russia who wrote Atlas Shrugged which was first published in 1957! In fact, putting a serious dent in a keg of Guinness with both of them together would make utopia pale in comparison! Meanwhile, I search desperately for their peers on this earth today…
But they are nowhere to be found…and sadly, tragically, minds that have turned to the mush capable of the sort of “victim” thought as evidenced above are everywhere! In their twisted mind’s eye, their own thought is noble and compassionate. In reality they are the devil’s pawn. As Rand herself puts it, “Evil is a parasite on the good and can only exist if the good tolerates it.”
If you take all the troubles in the world today and boil them down to their pure essence, it all comes down to good versus evil. A young Russian girl was introduced to American History and was able to see what a nation of free men could be. More amazing than that, she was able to see what a future generation of American men would be blind to! No one could know better than she that “a world in which the individual is not free to create is doomed.”
Freedom doesn’t disappear at once…it evaporates slowly, one molecular tax & regulation at a time. Parents in New York aren’t likely to take to the streets because some bureaucrat took away their child’s freedom to play wiffle ball and red rover at summer camp, but the death by a thousand cuts has already turned their state into the most toxic state in the union for its small businessmen and women, who have now surpassed the cricket frog on the state’s endangered species list!
So the minds of mush that fail to heed the lessons of history and choose “to accept the role of sacrificial victims for the sin of creating values” remain deaf to the evil seduction of hope and change. They fail to grasp the deadly threat to freedom in a society where handouts top revenues. http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2011/04/20/government-cash-handouts-exceed-tax-revenues/ and they’ve somehow forgotten the Founders’ dire warnings about central banks and paper currency http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Dollar-weakens-against-most-apf-4263890409.html?x=0&.v=8 Ayn herself screams from the grave, “Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: upon the virtue of the victims.” But alas, mush would rather blame Santa for the wrapping paper mess!
In fact Ayn is screaming so loudly, her book is now the movie Atlas Shrugged coming to a theater near you! I would love to take my step son, but he would rather stay home to watch Jon Stewart mocking Glenn Beck…for essentially calling our attention to the very same train that Ayn Rand so vividly predicted. And all the rest of us can do is shake our heads and watch as Mush lays down and ties his own hands and feet to the tracks of history…time and time again.