1. byafi
    June 10, 2010

    You said about Rand: “… she didn’t think we have any moral obligations to others.” (Heller said pretty much the same thing.) What you are missing is that Rand was describing obligations placed on us by others, not obligations we undertake on our own.

    For example, you may feel that the poor in your town deserve your help. I may agree with you. We may feel morally compelled to help. What we don’t have, according to Rand and many others (including me), is the right to compel others, by force, to take on this same obligation (or any other).

    There’s a BIG difference.

  2. July 5, 2010

    byafi: Actually, I didn’t miss that. Yes, Rand did say that. But Moses didn’t, and thereby leave us the Ten Suggestions. He actually thought social responsiblity, or loving our neighbors as ourselves, was so important, for at least believers, that he made it punishable by capital offense if that responsiblity was habitually denied (Ex 21:28). I believe recent events prove that Moses, rather than Rand, was precisely correct. So our church-going but post-Christian nation, for which syncretism is the “preferred religion,” according to George Barna, is reaping the whirl-wind of Wall Street’s and Washington’s irresponsibility treatment of society, meaning us.

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