I can say—not as a patriotic bromide, but with full knowledge of the necessary metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, political and esthetic roots—that the United States of America is the greatest, the noblest and, in its original founding principles, the only moral country in the history of the world.
Philosophy: Who Needs It, Pg 10
I have always loved this day. It always seemed to me the birthday of humanity, the triumph of centuries of intellectual wresting towards this great moment of individual rights.
On this day we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which political philosopher Ayn Rand called the “greatest document in human history.”
It was the first time in human history the government was subordinated to moral law. In her seminal essay, “Man’s Rights,” Rand wrote:
“The principle of man’s individual rights represented an extension of morality into the social system — as a limitation on the power of the state, as man’s protection against the brute force of the collective, as the subordination of might to right. The United States was the first moral society in history.”
Which brings us to today. Traditionally a happy day, it’s a non-religious holiday, but it has all the glow and reverence of a religious holiday. But this year, this year feels different. The ground under our feet is giving way. The absolutes that centered us, grounded us, are no longer. Self-determination and individual rights have been extinguished — quickly, decidedly. COVID panic-mongering has become a weapon of mass destruction. You can’t work, you can’t go to church, you can barely leave the house (in some states) — but you can riot, pillage, loot and tear down American iconography if you are a member of the party of destruction.
There is a war waging — a very real war. One that we have warned you of for years. It waged in the information battle-space, but like all wars, spilled over into reality.
Everything we hold dear is in the line of fire — our lives, our livelihood, our traditions, history, our very way of life — our freedom. And yet cowardice, moral cowardice — a fear of upholding the good because it is good, and fear of opposing the evil because it is evil — abounds.
The rising carnage in the inner city is the consequence of this official repudiation of the criminal-justice system. The current tolerance and justification for vandalism and violence; the silencing of police supporters; and police unwillingness to intervene, even when their own precincts are assaulted—all send a clear message to criminals that society has lost the will to prevent lawlessness
I’m not sure what the Right is thinking. That’s this is all a bad dream and it will pass? It’s not and it won’t.
We must fight.
What must we fight for? Those who express it best are survivors of tyranny, oppression, subjugation who come to America to be free. Live free.
Ayn Rand, one of the greatest philosophers in human history, lived under the boot of communist Russia and (just barely) made it out alive. She wrote:
It took centuries of intellectual, philosophical development to achieve political freedom. It was a long struggle, stretching from Aristotle to John Locke to the Founding Fathers. The system they established was not based on unlimited majority rule, but on its opposite: on individual rights, which were not to be alienated by majority vote or minority plotting. The individual was not left at the mercy of his neighbors or his leaders: the Constitutional system of checks and balances was scientifically devised to protect him from both. This was the great American achievement—and if concern for the actual welfare of other nations were our present leaders’ motive, this is what we should have been teaching the world.
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 138
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