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The conservative agenda|
of today's Republican Party
is the very antithesis of
what Jesus Christ stood for.
The conventional wisdom is that there is a great ideological divide in America in our day, with conservatives, who tend to be people of faith on the right side of the divide, and liberals who tend to be atheists on the left side of that divide.
Some fifteen years ago, because I knew how totally wrong that "conventional wisdom" was, I created a web site called http://LiberalsLikeChrist.Org. That site was addressed to two very different audiences. On the one hand, I wanted to persuade people who claim to be followers of Jesus to follow in his footsteps, and to be liberals, just as he was, i.e. to be "Liberals like Christ".
On the other hand, I hoped to persuade even the most "godless" of liberals to recognize in Jesus a liberal ally whom they can and should like because, as I show, he has been one of the most powerful liberal leaders of all time. I was quite surprised to find a group of liberal atheists who had already discovered this for themselves, and were publicizing their views at their "www.Atheists-for-Jesus.com" web site.
Throughout all these years, however, even though I knew that the so-called "Religious Right" were definitely not following the leadership of Jesus of Nazareth, I never figured out precisely whose lead they were following, until 2010, when I discovered what moved me to create this "GodlessConservativeParty.org" web site.
Ayn Rand may be popular. Her books may be "selling like crazy", but I am here to say "Whoa"; not so fast! Several prominent political leaders inside of America's Republican Party hold Rand in high esteem. Included among them are G O P idol, former President Ronald Reagan, former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, former leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives, Richard Armey, of Texas, and Tom Delay, of Texas, current Budget Chairman, Paul Ryan, of Wisconsin, former Senate leader Trent Lott, current senators, Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, and many more. ( former House leader Dick Armey has since become the power behind the throne of the "Tea Party").
According to https://newrepublic.com /article/128441 /ayn-rand-made-communist
"Back in 2013, Ted Cruz spoke glowingly of her apocalyptic vision for the social welfare state when he joined Paul's filibuster of John Brennan's nomination as director of the CIA. "One of my all-time heroes," he said at the time. As you can imagine, they've all toned down their love affair with the famously atheistic Rand for the GOP primaries. Nevertheless, she has a durable following among the conservative political class."
In addition to political leaders, Rand's ideology is represented today by numerous figures inside the nations media and entertainment world. Conservative syndicated columnists such as Cal Thomas, Linda Bowles, Ann Coulter, George Will, William F. Buckley, television reporter John Stossel, and many others, have advanced Randian principles. Talk radio superstars such as Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Reagan, and others, often quote Ayn Rand directly and indirectly as a source to justify their arguments on issues ranging from tax cuts for the wealthy, to the elimination of the minimum wage.
"Ayn Rand was one of the most influential fiction writers of the twentieth century. Born Alice Rosenbaum, in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1905, she immigrated to the United States in 1926 after fleeing communist persecution. After making a modest living writing for the movie industry in the late 1920's and early 30's, Rand began to author fictional novels. She began to obtain fame when she wrote the best seller "The Fountainhead" in 1943.
Rand became a legendary author in 1957 with the release of "Atlas Shrugged," a novel that remains wildly popular some forty-five years after it was first published.
It was, however, her views on fellow human beings, political ideology, and life in general, that brought her a large following in certain intellectual circles. Many claim that reading her various writings served as a "life changing" experience!
Rand's political views were greatly influenced by the persecution that her Jewish family endured under communism in her native Russia. She grew to hate any form of, what she perceived as "socialism." Rand believed that all governments were destined to "enslave" people if they are not held in check. As a result of this, she believed that government had a very limited role and that ultimate happiness is up to each individual. If one failed at his or her life it was no one else's fault. In other words, she "shrugged!".
Her impact on American society seems to have become greater since her death in 1982 than it ever was while she was living. During her life time Rand started what became known as the "Objectivist" movement. This philosophy celebrates the triumph of the individual and advocates the idea that each individual is his own god
Due to her extreme libertarian to right wing views on politics, Ayn Rand became an icon to millions of political conservatives throughout the world. She saw all forms of social welfare as the government taking from the "achievers" and giving to non-producers. Rand expressed the idea that government has no obligation to the poor and less fortunate of society. Essentially she was a social Darwinist that believed nature intended for only the strongest in society to survive."
"Man – every man – is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others. He must exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself. The pursuit of his own rational self-interest and of his own happiness is the highest moral purpose of his life.
The ideal political-economic system is laissez-faire capitalism. It is a system where men deal with one another, not as victims and executioners, nor as masters and slaves, but as traders, by free, voluntary exchange to mutual benefit. It is a system where no man may obtain any values from others by resorting to physical force, and no man may initiate the use of physical force against others. The government acts only as a policeman that protects man's rights; it uses physical force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use, such as criminals or foreign invaders. In a system of full capitalism, there should be (but, historically, has not yet been) a complete separation of state and economics, in the same way and for the same reasons as the separation of state and church."
Though he is not as well-known as Adam Smith, David Ricardo has been among the most influential of conservative economists ever since the early 1800's.
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Here is a sample of the way such economic "scientists" view "labor", i.e. not as fellow human beings, but more like germs in a laboratory petrie dish :
"On The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation" (1817)
Chapter 5: "On Wages"
"Labour, like all other things which are purchased and sold, and which may be increased or diminished in quantity, has its natural and its market price. The natural price of labour is that price which is necessary to enable the labourers, one with another, to subsist and to perpetuate their race, without either increase or diminution. (The only wages that workers deserve is enough to keep themselves and their families alive.)
The power of the labourer to support himself, and the family which may be necessary to keep up the number of labourers, does not depend on the quantity of money which he may receive for wages, but on the quantity of food, necessaries, and conveniences become essential to him from habit, which that money will purchase. The natural price of labour, therefore, depends on the price of the food, necessaries, and conveniences required for the support of the labourer and his family. With a rise in the price of food and necessaries, the natural price of labour will rise; with the fall in their price, the natural price of labour will fall.
With the progress of society the natural price of labour has always a tendency to rise, because one of the principal commodities by which its natural price is regulated, has a tendency to become dearer (more expensive), from the greater difficulty of producing it. As, however, the improvements in agriculture, the discovery of new markets, whence provisions may be imported, may for a time counteract the tendency to a rise in the price of necessaries, and may even occasion their natural price to fall, so will the same causes produce the correspondent effects on the natural price of labour.
The natural price of all commodities, excepting raw produce and labour, has a tendency to fall, in the progress of wealth and population; for though, on one hand, they are enhanced in real value, from the rise in the natural price of the raw material of which they are made, this is more than counterbalanced by the improvements in machinery, by the better division and distribution of labour, and by the increasing skill, both in science and art, of the producers.
The market price of labour is the price which is really paid for it, from the natural operation of the proportion of the supply to the demand; labour is dear (more expensive) when it is scarce, and cheap when it is plentiful. However much the market price of labour may deviate from its natural price, it has, like commodities, a tendency to conform to it.
It is when the market price of labour exceeds its natural price, that the condition of the labourer is flourishing and happy, that he has it in his power to command a greater proportion of the necessaries and enjoyments of life, and therefore to rear a healthy and numerous family. When, however, by the encouragement which high wages give to the increase of population, the number of labourers is increased, wages again fall to their natural price, and indeed from a re-action sometimes fall below it.
When the market price of labour is below its natural price, the condition of the labourers is most wretched: then poverty deprives them of those comforts which custom renders absolute necessaries. It is only after their privations have reduced their number, or the demand for labour has increased, that the market price of labour will rise to its natural price, and that the labourer will have the moderate comforts which the natural rate of wages will afford."
The impact of the teaching of Ayn Rand on America's political debate has become so great in recent years that I have created the following three pages to deal with the very important issues raised by this phenomenon: |