Brandon Smith (Alt-Market) rebuts leftist attack on heroes, heroic narratives, but can't claim to be Objectivist

Posted by bubah1mau 1 year, 3 months ago to Philosophy
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Consider the following excerpt:

"Narcissists Can't Write Heroes

It has long been my contention that the leftist ideology is rooted in appeals to narcissism. Everything about it is based in entitlement rather than SACRIFICE. ..." (Emphasis added.)

Observe that here Smith is extolling sacrifice as essential to heroism, the same ethical/philosophical flaw that afflicted Victor Hugo. All of Hugo's principal heroic figures end in self-immolation, achieving an end that costs them their lives.

Contrast that view of heroism with Ayn Rand's. Her heroes achieve ends without self-destruction, rather by self-edification and the achievement of values and happiness.

An Objectivist would immediately alter Smith's philosophically revealing sentence to accord with Objectivist ethics: "Everything about it is based in entitlement rather than SELF-EDIFYING ACHIEVEMENT," or some such words that say the same thing.

Brandon Smith generally accomplishes his mission of intellectually identifying, isolating, and destroying the leftist vision: a sub-heroic worldview. The trouble is he doesn't offer any alternative that would make heroism worth doing besides "sacrifice"--that doing something heroic necessarily implies losing something significant and valuable. Champions of Objectivist ethics would say that shouldn't need to be the case.

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  • Posted by freedomforall 1 year, 3 months ago
    "It’s important not to underestimate the power of media in culture.
    There is a reason why leftists are so obsessive with it;
    by changing all our heroes to villains they hope to change our values and our behaviors.
    They aren’t just rewriting movies, or characters, or comic books, they are trying to rewrite us."

    Boycott everything from Hollywood, Disney, Amazon, Netflix, ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CB, MSNBC, Fox, NYT, WaPo, etc.
    Stop doing business with the enemy.
    Cancel Netflix. Cancel Disney. Cancel NFL. Cancel Cable. Cancel PBS. Cancel Bloomberg.
    Everything woke goes broke.
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