November 14, 2012

The Anti-Rand

The dangerous ideas of the Dalai Lama. Loved by all. The high priest of Facebook philosophy.

When asked about the tens of millions of Chinese who dug themselves out of privation and poverty after being gifted a small portion of their natural rights to property and self-ownership. Robespierre in robes thought it nice but that Marxism has "moral ethics, whereas capitalism is only how to make profits." What's the death of 100 million at the hands of the state and billions kept in hunger and squalor? As long as his delicate sensibilities are preserved.

Philosophy Posted by John Kranz at November 14, 2012 11:45 AM

In my book, this guy, Gandhi and MLK are the great triumvirate of the most overrated "morality teachers" in the history of the world. Of course, the Llama was scheduled to become the religious dictator of a country full of poor superstitious folk, when the Red Chinese invaded and killed tens of thousands to save them from such a fate.

"This is known as bad luck."

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at November 14, 2012 12:52 PM

And Mom! And Apple Pie! And we hate baseball!

I'll go with you 66%, brother. Gandhi and this guy are evil and overrated. But, while MLK gets perhaps more credit for his later career than is deserved, the Montgomery bus boycott of 1956 is a legend in liberty. Any later economic and personal transgressions pale in comparison.

The rendition of Montgomery in Robert A. Caro's "Master of the Senate" is stunning. MLK was the Fleetwood Mac of freedom fighters: all the attention paid to his later work with the great genius all but forgotten.

Posted by: jk at November 14, 2012 1:03 PM

"Capitalism is only how to make profits."

Partially true, but only profit is truly moral. Just consider the alternative.

Posted by: johngalt at November 14, 2012 4:13 PM

Okay, I'll go along with MLK doing a lot of good in certain circumstances. Credit where credit is due.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at November 14, 2012 4:31 PM

ADDED: I am sorry to say I haven't read Caro's book(s) yet, either. Will get on that!

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at November 14, 2012 4:32 PM

I do go on about them. But they are true and absolute masterpieces.

Posted by: jk at November 14, 2012 7:45 PM

Another entry in the nascent "What if?" series:

What if Dalai Lama only wore and used objects invented in Marxist economic states?

Would that preclude:

Jet aircraft?
Microphones?
Eyeglasses?
Facebook?

Posted by: johngalt at November 15, 2012 5:04 PM | What do you think? [7]