This scenario of economic events is quite similar to the one Ayn Rand describes in Atlas Shrugged. If only the Treasury Secretary’s name was Wesley Mooch. :>
What is ruining us is our moral code. The world today is a logical consequence of our code of ethics. In fact, isn’t this exactly the world we wanted?
Help the poor, help the disenfranchised, don’t judge anyone, no one is special, the gifted and talented among us are here to serve their fellow man, to be their brothers’ keeper?
I think the world is simply following out what we wanted.
Ok, but none of this is truly altruistic as it’s always supposed to be done by somebody other than the ones advocating it.
If Ayn Rand meant by “altruism” the institutionalized mandate that these things be accomplished by others and with their money, by force of law then I agree. That is a disastrous philosophy.
If she meant that people voluntarily contributing their talents, their money, their time, themselves, to the good and well being of their fellow man is bad then I could not possibly disagree more.
I have never read Ayn Rand, but I keep seeing this principle pop up whereby it seems it’s being proposed that all our troubles would end on a global scale if everybody would just quit caring so much about others. If that’s what is being said then it’s insane to say the least.
Genuine over concern with others is not something the human race has ever been in danger of falling into.
People claiming concern for others as long as somebody else pays for it is another matter altogether. That is not concern for others. It is hypocrisy.
Like most honest people, you have been tricked into equating altruism with benevolence. Helping others is fine if it is your choice to do so.
Here’s where all the trouble lies: most people naturally think of themselves first. The only way to get them to act against their self-interest is through the use of force. We have to create bigger and more powerful governments to get them to act against their self-interest.
The end result of a society which actually embraces some sort of unselfishness as its moral standard is authoritarian. It must be. Look at the Soviets and the Nazis. The Soviets wanted you to live for the proletariat, the Nazis for the Aryan race. Both became hells, ironically because of unselfishness.
One of the Nazis big slogans was ‘Community Before Self!’