June 19, 2012


Tip of the hat to dagny for today's entry as answer to jk's post about how, and I paraphrase, "Everything is so unfairly rigged in favor of the conservative morality against the progressive morality:"

A rational anarchist believes that concepts, such as "state" and "society" and "government" have no existence save as physically exemplified in the acts of self-responsible individuals. He believes that it is impossible to shift blame, share blame, distribute blame ... as blame, guilt, responsibility are matters taking place inside human beings singly and nowhere else.

-- RAH 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress' (1966)

Dagny concludes, "The Public" as a term falls into the same category noted above as state, society, and government. This is the mistaken premise that makes that huff po article b******t as jk so eloquently states.

Quote of the Day Posted by JohnGalt at June 19, 2012 4:35 PM

Frank Chodorov, "Society Are People." An eloquent way to put it. Not quite as eloquent as "b******t" perhaps, but suitable for polite company.

Posted by: Robert at June 19, 2012 6:32 PM

I have to say that "society are people" is too ambiguous for my liking. This is the sort of line that can easily be co-opted by collectivists. I went looking for some background on it and found what I find to be a better Chodorov attribution:

"All values are personal."

A much clearer individualist sentiment.

Posted by: johngalt at June 21, 2012 1:15 PM

Also, I appreciate the Chodorov reference. I had not read him or read of him.

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