[Best Of: Politics] ewv points out "why Ayn Rand repeatedly stated that this is primarily an intellectual battle."

Posted by sdesapio 5 years, 3 months ago to The Gulch: Best of
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An excerpt: "Rights, like all knowledge, must be initiated, formulated and defended by man, based on the facts of reality, i.e., man's nature and requirements to live. There is no abstract knowledge or principles inherent in reality, only the facts themselves, which we observe through our senses and employ as a perceptual base for conceptual abstractions as our form of comprehending."
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  • Posted by dbhalling 5 years, 3 months ago
    Excellent. It is interesting that you referred back to Rand's ideas on subjective, intrinsic, and objective values. I was just reviewing that section in Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. The classical economists defined the economic value (price) of a good or service with an intrinsic value theory. Specifically, they thought the value of something was equal to the value of all the human labor to create it, which is known as the labor theory of value. The Austrians and many modern economists rejected that and proposed the subjective theory of value, by which they mean it is in the valuer's head and totally divorced from reality. Both of them fail and lead to errors in economics
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  • Posted by $ AJAshinoff 5 years, 3 months ago
    This sounds well and good as a general premise in a closed environment where there is relative uniformity in the belief system. Neither we nor the Framers have the luxury of such uniformity of purpose. The Framers masterfully recognized that many require an external absolute to strive for and used an unspecified "Creator" to draw mutual respect for the masses toward each other and to protect everyone from tyrannical rule.

    I do appreciate the quote.
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