The ARI Mangles Intellectual History

Neil Parille's picture
Submitted by Neil Parille on Sat, 2019-07-06 14:39

Here is the latest from New Ideal, the ARI's magazine. It's an article entitled "America Was Founded On Secular Ideals" by Tom Bowden.

https://newideal.aynrand.org/a...

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Here’s one particularly telling passage in which Peikoff answers those who claim America was born a Christian nation:

"Such were the watchwords of the period: not faith, God, service, but reason, nature, happiness, man. Many of the Founding Fathers, of course, continued to believe in God and to do so sincerely, but it was a vestigial belief, a leftover from the past which no longer shaped the essence of their thinking. God, so to speak, had been kicked upstairs. He was regarded now as an aloof spectator who neither responds to prayer nor offers revelations nor demands immolation. This sort of viewpoint, known as deism, cannot, properly speaking, be classified as a religion. It is a stage in the atrophy of religion; it is the step between Christianity and outright atheism."

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Here is my letter to Tom Bowden

Hello Mr. Bowden,

In New Ideal article referencing Leonard Peikoff’s Religion Vs. America, you repeated his claim that the Founders were mainly or mostly Deists.

This is inaccurate. As Prof. Mark Hall said recently on twitter, you could count all the Deist founders on one hand and have fingers left over. There were, however, many explicit and orthodox Christians among the founders.

For some reason my cut and paste isn’t working but if you google “Mark Hall George Fox university” you’ll find a link to a paper that discusses the religion of the founders.

Regards,
Neil Parille

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Here is the paper: https://www.heritage.org/polit...


Bosch and ARI

Jmaurone's picture

"The more interesting question is: is Bosch un-personned by Obleftivist ARISIS' Thought Police? Each seems strangely reluctant definitively to renounce the other."

I can only speculate, re ARI. But I think Bosch has made himself clear enough, recently:

And he's not been shy about calling out other would-be-O'ists:

So ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

The more interesting question is: is Bosch un-personned by Obleftivist ARISIS' Thought Police? Each seems strangely reluctant definitively to renounce the other.

Bosch knows he always has a platform here.

Back to the Catholics: I'd settle for a world in which the likes of the following rated #1 on mainstream TV every week, as it did, ahead of Frank Sinatra and all other pop icons of the time:

Christians, Islams, and the shunning of Bosch Fawstin

Jmaurone's picture

Linz wrote: "That's why, nowadays, the Goblians won't stand up to Islamogoblins. They recognise that all of it is nonsense, and thereby lack the requisite cojones to come out swinging against Islam..."

I've observed that. The conservative fans and pros in the comic book industry, having been ostracized by the SJW's who've taken over the field, have rightly stood up to them, and splintered off into the "Comicsgate" movement. By refusing to cowtow to leftist identity politics, and publishing their own work independently, they are thriving while the industry is crashing and burning. But mention the name Bosch Fawstin? Because of the primarily Christian beliefs backing them, most of them refuse to touch Islam with a 10-foot pole.

Now, part of that, to be fair, is because there are those who say that Comicsgate is a consumer-led movement against propaganda and politics in what "should" be just escapist entertainment. But there are also those who believe that it should be a vehicle to promote right-leaning Christian material, as well. And those people still shun or don't acknowledge Bosch, despite the overlap with his comics, politically speaking, because of his stance against Islam.

There was one moment where I saw Bosch's Captain America image used on Twitter by someone in the Comicsgate community without acknowledgement, and I mentioned the artist's name. He saw that, and appeared in the conversation. The person who posted it apologized. He didn't really know about Bosch, just saw the image elsewhere, and shared it for the condemnation of Islamic terrorism. But once the topic of Islam itself came up, the person who shared it, a prominent Christian commentator in the Comicsgate community, suddenly went on the defense for Islam, qua religion:

"To be clear I’m not suggesting Islam is an enemy of America. But Osama Bin Laden depicted above was a self-sworn enemy."

https://twitter.com/Edwin_Boye...

This is just one example, of course. And I could point to other Christians who DO condemn Islam itself. But this example is the same kind of thing that Bosch have criticized George W. Bush and others for, this mealy-mouth defense of freedom in the face of Islam, and does demonstrate what Linz is talking about. (Sadly, Bosch's responses are not visible anymore because Twitter had since un-personned him.)

So too ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

... alas, are Goblians. That's why, nowadays, the Goblians won't stand up to Islamogoblins. They recognise that all of it is nonsense, and thereby lack the requisite cojones to come out swinging against Islam, easily as great an evil of our time as Communist China and Cultural Marxism within vile academia. Islamo-Marxism rules, with ARI's active acquiescence!

Liars

Bruno's picture

They're a bunch of liars driven by a cult philosophy.

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