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Who Should Be the Republican Nominee?
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Submitted by Mike_M on Wed, 2006-10-25 16:46
Since every other Objectivism related forum has a thread on the upcoming American election, I figured I'd start one here. First, some background reading.
Vote Democrat: Peikoff on the election
Vote Republican: Tracinski on the election
A large portion of the debate seems to hinge on how one views the threat of American conservatism, so here is C. Bradley Thomson's article.
I intend to vote Democrat for two reasons. One is the total failure of the Republicans as a supposedly free-market pro-defense party. The other is the influence the religious right has over the Repubs.
As to Peikoff's answer, I am a little confused. In his killer scenario, choosing the ambitious killer over the enfeebled killer is the immoral choice. I dispute that the choice between R and D is so clear as to say voting Republican is immoral. (Quick note: Peikoff is saying that voting Republican is immoral, not that one who votes Republican is an immoral person. There is a difference). This, combined with what he says about rationalism, suggests to me that he is assuming that the threat of the Christian right is a very obvious threat. I agree with Peikoff on how much of a threat the religious right is, though I dispute that the threat is obvious; it is perfectly understandable for an Objectivist to dispute the extent of the threat of the religious right.
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