1.28.2012


La direction est toute aussi importante que le chemin.

Marcher c'est bien savoir vers où l'on va, c'est mieux.

Test: un mec de droite ou un mec de gauche

Quand un mec de droite n'aime pas les armes, il n'en achète pas.
Quand un mec de gauche n'aime pas les armes, il veut les faire interdire.


Quand un mec de droite est végétarien, il ne mange pas de viande.
Quand un mec de gauche est végétarien, il veut faire campagne contre les produits à base de protéines animales.


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1.24.2012

Can capitalism be justified on religious grounds? - Ayn Rand

There can be no more disastrous error—morally, philosophically and politically—than to assert that the ultimate justification of Capitalism rests on faith. To assert this is to announce that there is no rational justification for Capitalism, no rational arguments to support the principles which created this country—and that reason is on the side of the enemy.
The Communists claim that they are the champions of reason and science. If the Conservatives concede that claim and retreat into the realm of religion, it will be an act of intellectual abdication, the kind of intellectual surrender that the Communists’ irrational ideology could never have won on its own merits.


Separation of Church and State - Ayn Rand

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Political freedom requires a separation of church and state. This principle is often advocated, but seldom fully understood. Properly, this separation is rooted in the principle of intellectual freedom. It means that every individual should be free to think about and accept any idea he chooses.
To say that church is separate from state means that the state makes no evaluation of its citizens’ ideas, religious or otherwise. The state’s concern is only with men’s actions, specifically actions that trespass on individual rights. It neither persecutes nor tolerates nor promotes ideas—because it is unconcerned with ideas per se.

From the other direction, to say that state is separate from church, means that a citizen—including any faction of them, such as a church—is incapable of using the state’s coercive power to penalize or support ideas, religious or otherwise. If a citizen wants to hinder or support an idea, he must argue his case with others, not enact a law.

In a free society, government has no power to persecute or establish religious ideas because it has no power to police ideas as such. No one, including those in government, may force their ideas on anyone.

Principles of a Free Society