Thursday, August 04, 2011

Remembering and Learning From the Horrors of Communism

This 1 1/2 hour lecture is well worth listening to. I think that many of Dr. Kors' points illustrate the crucial importance of morality: if one treats the morality of altruism as unquestionable -- as the West (and indeed the world) currently does -- then no real lessons can be drawn from the horrors of communism, nor from its contrast to freer societies.

It's one of her many feats of intellectual genius that Ayn Rand could in effect stand outside of the ubiquitous moral climate and carefully question and analyze it (to spectacular effect). Armed with her analyses, the facts that Dr. Kors cites can't help but drive home the fact that altruism really is a form of zero worship (= death worship).

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