Peikoff on School Shootings and Guns

Doug Bandler's picture
Submitted by Doug Bandler on Mon, 2013-02-11 08:42

Peikoff weighs in on the Connecticut school shooting. He also discusses guns. He understands that there is a sickness in our culture that is causing these mass shootings. He also understands that the government is out to ultimately ban guns for the masses as a means for total control; ie totalitarianism. He also says that Mark Levin is the best of the Conservatives and is great on the subject of guns. Wow, positive praise for a Conservative (even though he adds that he doesn't always agree with Levin). All in all a good podcast:

http://www.peikoff.com/2013/02...

But...

Why does Peikoff use the generic term "government" to describe the bad guys. And why doesn't he say that it is the Left that is responsible for unleashing the moral relativism that is destroying the culture? Who else does he think is doing it? Why doesn't he say explicitly that it is the LEFT that wants to ban guns? Its the Left that wants to make every American fearful and at the mercy of both criminals and government goons. Why does official Objectivism not see that however bad Conservatives are on many issues that it is the LEFT that is aiming to enslave us? I don't get this. Why can't they explicitly call out the LEFT? Why? Why? Why?

Peikoff is still KASS. You can't help but admire him even if he gets some things wrong; like the Fatwa. But this failure to see that it is the LEFT that is our greatest enemy and the IMMEDIATE threat of despotism is just killing me. I feel like I am surrounded by blindfolded people that absolutely refuse to take off their blindfolds for fear of what they might see. Even Lenny who originated the DIM terminology. WHO DOES HE THINK THE D2s ARE????????

But listen to this podcast. Its good in many ways.


Great stuff

gregster's picture

Wow, Leonard’s got around to reading some of SOLO’s gun discussion, and I’m pleased he reinforces each point I have been arguing with sorcerer’s apprentice Damien here, with additional here. I see those battles have taken their toll on one of us.

He’s still got it, the “intellectual heir.” (Will we ever know for sure that one? We can be sure it’s nonsensical in an individualist, egoist philosophy to pretend that intellectual content can be inherited, in this case, Man to lesser Man. It surely has to mean--he’s the heir, and a professional intellectual.) He swings bigger balls than Binswanger. OK, it may be that I’ve soaked up sufficient principled thinking to come up with the same recipe for success. That seems likely. Good stuff Doug, I enjoyed this one.

Oh, your questions. Why does Peikoff use the generic term "government" to describe the bad guys. He means mixed economy government (or government other than capitalist) and it's shorthand. As is his M1, M2, R2D2 DIM terminology.

And why doesn't he say that it is the Left that is responsible for unleashing the moral relativism that is destroying the culture? I believe he sees the Left and Conservatives as barely distinguishable. But he wouldn't praise a Lefty except to say that the Lefty is principled, however wrong, whereas the Conservative me-tooism is reprehensible. I'll have to check this though. May be in DIM.

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