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It is morally defensible to establish a nation-state built around maintaining a specific and exclusive ethnic population
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The National Review's Dishonest and Relentless Vendetta
Submitted by James S. Valliant on Mon, 2008-01-07 21:49
The National Review has long feared Ayn Rand more than anyone else.
There is simply no other way to explain decades of consistently lying about Rand and her ideas by that magazine.
To Whittaker Chambers, in his infamously inaccurate review of Atlas Shrugged in 1957, Rand was a totalitarian materialist -- a self-declared, overt materialist, in fact. When this dumb mistake was pointed out in letters to the editor (which the magazine even published), no retraction or correction was forthcoming -- only WFB's stupid tittering at those very letters.
The intervening years have seen a remarkable flowering of scholarly interest in Rand's ideas, and many books and articles have been published since then which make such an embarrassing repeat of this sort of mistake only less excusable.
And, yet, the lies just keep coming.
Here's the latest. Describing the categories of atheists out there, Michael Novak describes #2 as:
"Those relativists and nihilists who do believe, as Nietzsche warned, that the 'death of God' has also meant the death of trust in reason and science and objective rules of morality. Such atheists, therefore, may for arbitrary reasons choose to live for their own pleasure, or for the joy of exercising brute power and will. This is the kind of moral nihilism that communist and fascist regimes depended upon, to justify the brutal use of power. It appears, also, to be the kind of atheism that Ayn Rand commended."
Michael Novak must know better. He certainly could have known better with very little effort or even just the exercise of minimal journalistic ethics. Novak is a pathetically bad scholar obviously lacking any such ethics, of course, but his editors had a basic journalistic responsibility, too. With journalistic credibility reaching new lows in the wake of various scandals, I suppose, we shouldn't have expected any better.
According to Michael Novak, Objectivism is all about "moral nihilism" and the use of "brute power," the "death of trust in rules of morality" -- and even "the death of trust in reason and science."
Isn't that why you became interested in Ayn Rand, friends -- and isn't that the source of her unique allure? (That's sarcasm, if you are reading this, Mr. Novak.)
But, I do think that it is very good sign when your enemies are compelled to start claiming that black is white and day is night. At some point, insisting that the Dish ran away with the Spoon affects one's credibility.
(Thanks to NoodleFood for the heads up.)
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