Randians hostile to God who “restrains our passions and our irresponsibility”
Apparently the Orthodox Church is being given a greater role in Russian affairs. This disturbs the Randians at The New Clarion (see their About page). Turning reality on its head, they think that religious restraints on human passion and irreponsibility, the loss of which Solzhenitsyn regretted, are tantamount to tyranny. Against such restraints, the Randians posit complete freedom. They don’t understand that tyranny is nothing other than the complete freedom of the will, namely the will of the tyrant himself. They don’t understand that the more radically free society becomes, the more its individual members become like little tyrants, so that the only person who truly represents them and can rule them all is a big tyrant. They don’t understand that true freedom means self-restraint. “Confirm thy soul in self-control / Thy liberty in law,” wrote Katherine Lee Bates in “America the Beautiful.” To the Randians, such traditional American and Christian sentiments are not only weird and alien, but menacing—in the same way that, to Henry Louis Gates, a policeman knocking on his door to investigate a burglary was menacing. And that’s just the smallest cross section of the liberal ideologues in our society who, in one way or another, see normality as evil.
1 Andrew Dalton // Jul 30, 2009 at 11:18 am
Mark P. writes:
Not to repeat myself, but I think your item deserves a repeat of my earlier point elsewhere in your blog. The more individual freedom people have, the more concerned they are about how they are treated. When the concern for personal treatment becomes great enough, people demand government do something about it. Freedom then becomes constrained.Hannon writes:
Those Randians, in the Russia entry, reassert their dread at the thought of any configuration of man and religion, especially when Christianity looks as if it will get a boost somewhere in the world.LA replies:
But the Randians don’t even have reason. They have a set of ideological slogans and formulaic phrases from the writings of Ayn Rand that they repeat like robots and call “reason.”Hannon replies:
This was very insightful and useful for me:LA replies:
Don’t thank me, thank Plato. What I said comes from Book VIII and the first part of Book IX of The Republic, culminating in Plato’s discussion of the psychology of the tyrannical man.August 3
Sage McLaughlin writes:
With respect to the Randians and freedom, may I recommend this line from G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy? It seems very apt to the discussion:Tim W. writes:
One thing I’ve noticed from debating Randians is that they have no idea how difficult freedom is to maintain. They see it as part of the environment, a sort of low hanging fruit that will grow on its own if we just stop letting the weeds known as culture, faith, and traditional standards choke it out. They also think freedom is a cornucopia, an unlimited supply, and that freedoms can expand forever without ever clashing with another freedom. When a clash inevitably occurs, Randians are at a loss to explain it. They rationalize it by dehumanizing the traditional or faith-based side of the conflict.LA replies:
Yes. Since the liberal reconstruction of society consists of (1) suppressing traditional morality and standards, while (2) liberating and giving dictatorial power to liberal morality and standards, the libertarians, who are in the forefront of the demand for freedom from traditional restraints, are the shock troops of the liberal PC tyranny.
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