I found this graphic of political spectrums today and found it very interesting. Don’t know how accurate it is, but I’d situate myself on the very top somewhere around the middle between liberal and libertarian (with a strong tendency towards libertarian). Though I generally think markets should be as free as possible, I’m not sure if there are maybe areas where free markets should exist (e.g. road construction) or not (e.g. health care) or a mix of both, but I’m not sure about that yet. But I know enough about politics and economics to realise the menace(s) of centralised power and big government though, so I’ll give the libertarian side the benefit of the doubt for the time being.
„The moral cannibalism of all hedonist and altruist doctrines lies in the premise that the happiness of one man necessitates the injury of another.”Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness
“Der moralische Kannibalismus aller hedonistischen und altruistischen Lehren liegt in der Prämisse, dass das Glück des Einen das Leid des anderen bedingt.”Ayn Rand, Die Tugend des Egoismus
Very important quote. That’s the premise of all socialist/statist ideologies which needs to be challenged. Too many people honestly believe that there is no other way to become a successful person like Steve Jobs or Jeff Bezos without “exploiting” others.
But socialism does not work (at least not then, when you have a modicum of self-esteem and don’t want to live as a drone on a sub-human level). Thus they enjoy every one of capitalisms products.
Hence their guilt, hence their self-hate, hence their hate on humanity, hence their hatred for every big company, free-market advocates and capitalism itself – all because they can’t stick to their own principles (how could they?).
One can be free in his/hers pursuit of happiness and material wealth without hurting others – but only in a free society under the rule of law which is based on a strict code of individualism (rational self-interest) and liberalism.
Picture source: fee.org
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