Quote Of The Day — September 13, 2013

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One of the paradoxes of our age is the fact that the intellectuals, the politicians, and all the sundry voices that choke like asthma the throat of our communications media, have never gasped and stuttered so loudly about their devotion to the public good, and about the people’s will as the supreme criterion of value – and never have they been so grossly indifferent to the people. The reason, obviously, is that collectivist slogans serve as the rationalization for those who intend, not to follow the people, but to rule them.

Ayn Rand – Apollo and Dionysus (1969)

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9 Responses to Quote Of The Day — September 13, 2013

  1. Mrs AL says:

    Emotionalism always negates responsibility and, often, rational thought. Great quote for today, Grouchy! As the old saying goes, ‘do what I say, not what I do.’

  2. Buck says:

    Intent to rule is correct only if you don’t voluntarily do as they “suggest”.
    Two good examples are:
    1. Seatbelts; and
    2. Helmets.
    In both cases they were put out there, “For your own good.” but when a good many chose not to utilize them the people who thought you should utilize them “For your own good.” got the politicians to pass a law you had to. For your own good. Pretty much the same old shit with gun laws.

    • Sometimes the rationale of the law is good, but the execution stinks like Hydrogen Sulfide. The problem, is when the individual tromps the rights and responsibility of the masses, through idiocy. Hmmm. Sounds like Congress and the White House, eh???
      Thanks, Buck. Good food for consideration~!

  3. Terry says:

    A BINGO ! on this one, GF.

  4. Clyde says:

    Ayn Rand had the leftist control freaks pegged DECADES ago. Good piece, GF.

  5. CW says:

    Hypocrisy is always the great revealer of less than noble motives. Great quote, Grouchy!