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Why Is It Evil That's Motivated?
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2008-07-04 10:28
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
— Edmund Burke
"Evil, not value, is an absence and a negation; evil is impotent and has no power but that which we let it extort from us."
— Ayn Rand
"I saw that evil was impotent—that evil was the irrational, the blind, the anti-real—and that the only weapon of its triumph was the willingness of the good to serve it."
— Ayn Rand
"The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles."
— Ayn Rand
Going on air at short notice for a three-hour stint the other morning, I had a most remarkable experience on two levels.
First, unbeknown to me in advance, Radio Live had a give-away lined up for the show: the new “Definitive Collection” CD featuring Mario Lanza—one CD per hour, with me and my panel operator Attila (yes, that’s really his name!) making the judgment between us as to which caller had most merited it. I was blown away by the outpouring of love for Mario which went way beyond any desire to pick up a free CD. In recent years on radio I’ve presided over give-aways for Andrea Bocelli, Russell Watson, the Three Tenors and any number of contemporary musicians from other genres, including some I regard as thoroughly evil; for none of them have I experienced such heartfelt adoration from caller after caller as I heard the other morning ... for someone who’s been dead for nearly fifty years! Decades of headbanging caterwauling, not to mention the deadly homogenisation of serious singing, have not, it seems, dimmed the incomparable dazzle of Mario’s star in the slightest. It was as though listeners had been waiting for several long, lean years for just this moment, and unleashed their pent-up love in a protracted, Whitmanesque YAWP!
Second, my pro-liberty message resonated with listeners in a way I’d not encountered before, not even in the heady days of the Politically Incorrect Show. Normally on Radio Live I have to do endless, soul-destroying battle with socialists, Greens and sundry other types of moral and intellectual retard. What I heard the other morning were people—finally!—mad as hell and not going to take it any more. “It” being the Nanny State abuses that have robbed the present government of any legitimacy and would justify an armed revolt. Callers didn’t even protest when I insisted that our problems arose not from too little democracy but from too much ... as opposed to actual liberty. Something seemed to have changed dramatically for the better from the last time I had been on air.
Clearly I didn’t just imagine this. As I’ve already reported here, one listener e-mailed me as follows:
Brilliant to hear you on Radio Live this morning.....sadly I am another [first name], and after all the [same first names] you had ringing in this morning, I did not have the nerve to add to the list. Enjoyed your programme and it is absolutely refreshing to hear someone who says it as it is. The rubbish that this communist govt is promoting regards to global warming etc is killing the country and at present they are like kamakaze pilots taking NZers with them. One of your callers said she cannot believe that her friends have lost their independence and do not see it the same way as she does. Well I for one am part of the silent majority who support her. I cannot express strongly enough my absolute abhorance [sic] of this nanny state and its dictator, perhaps it is because I hate being told what to do. I have been around a long time and I cannot believe what has happened to NZers. All this bloody PC nonsense....why don't we have an uprising??? I can tell you I would be a starter for it. Just wanted to tell you to keep up the good work.....cheers....
Nik Haden, on the libertyloop, reported:
Another day in NZ and more govt induced chaos The one bright moment was my joyous surprise hearing Linz on the radio this morning. I tried for 40 minutes to ring through but he was just too popular. Many callers expressed frustration at the lack of any real alternatives to vote for. We know there is great option and it is now time to let more people know.
All very encouraging. Perhaps this election will see Libertarianz take a giant leap forward as folk finally give meaningful form to their pent-up love of their birthright, the right to live their lives as they, not the statist busybodies, see fit.
But a nagging doubt assails me. My e-mailer asked, “Why don’t we have an uprising?”
Unfortunately, the answer is, still: because nobody would bother turning up for it.
We saw truckies out in force yesterday protesting against a sudden, punitive increase in the road-user charges levied on them by this vile government. Fair enough. Yet how many of them really understand that roads should be privately owned and operated and users should pay for their use? How many would put their livelihoods on the line and man the barricades for those truths?
Much more broadly, how many people who observe evil are prepared, when push comes to shove, to do anything about it? How many who purport to believe in the good have it within themselves to become the slightest bit passionate about it? Why do good people allow the best within them to become pent-up and mute while highly-motivated evil observes no such constraints and gallops forward with obscene impunity? Why is it evil that’s high-octane and good that couldn’t “give a shit”? Even within Objectivism, which has quite a bit to say about good and evil, thousands remain mute while James Valliant almost single-handedly takes on scum for whom few things are more important than demolishing heroes in general and demonstrating that Ayn Rand was not a hero in particular.
James himself proffers “sanction of the victim” to the obscenely mute because they’re ARI, and thus beyond reproach.
Like hell they are!
Observe that the greatest tenacity on this very board is demonstrated by the very lowest of the scum who leave the supposedly “good” folk here for dead, with few exceptions, in their commitment to what they believe in.
Behold the folk who know better but do nothing in Scott DeSalvo’s link here ... and treat them as a metaphor for our age.
Evil is motivated; good is indifferent.
If “Original Sin” means anything, it’s that. Apathy is endemic, and militant evil rampages into the vacuum.
On air the other day I felt a trick was being played on me. I was sure that at any moment someone would call and cackle that Slayer, not Mario, ruled; that Helen (Clark), not Ayn, ruled also; that I had been spirited off to a better universe for the precise purpose of teaching and taunting me that the worse one was the real one.
Moreover, I’m still convinced that had there been such a caller, he would have been right.
For until reason learns to be passionate, unreason will rule.
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