Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Slow News Day Links

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* Death-of-the-book-watch: Kindle sales have surpassed paperbacks on Amazon.

* “People think of programming as a very male thing,” Erikson said. “Most people don’t know that it was mostly women.”

* What could possibly go wrong? GOP senators target birthright citizenship.

* 198 of the top 200 questions asked during a recent YouTube Town Hall had to do with marijuana and drug policy. Maybe Obama should rethink his answer.

* And Ayn Rand: Communist!

Critics of Social Security and Medicare frequently invoke the words and ideals of author and philosopher Ayn Rand, one of the fiercest critics of federal insurance programs. But a little-known fact is that Ayn Rand herself collected Social Security. She may also have received Medicare benefits.

Via Cynical-C.

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  1. There’s nothing in Randian philosophy about not taking things from others. just not giving things to others.

    Alex

    January 28, 2011 at 2:26 am

  2. Googling Ayn Rand quotes makes me want to clear my cache, but I’m pretty sure for Rand compulsory charity corrupts the recipient:

    “Man—every man—is an end in himself, not a means to the ends of others; he must live for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself; he must work for his rational self-interest, with the achievement of his own happiness as the highest moral purpose of his life.”

    “It is morally proper to accept help, when it is offered, not as a moral duty, but as an act of good will and generosity, when the giver can afford it (i.e., when it does not involve self-sacrifice on his part), and when it is offered in response to the receiver’s virtues, not in response to his flaws, weaknesses or moral failures, and not on the ground of his need as such.”

    “The small minority of adults who are unable rather than unwilling to work, have to rely on voluntary charity; misfortune is not a claim to slave labor; there is no such thing as the right to consume, control, and destroy those without whom one would be unable to survive.”

    You may have been just riffing, though.

    gerrycanavan

    January 28, 2011 at 8:02 am

  3. Those are interesting quotes. She always said Aristotle was the only philosopher she admired (A is A), but I think she’s a closet Socratic.

    Alex

    January 28, 2011 at 11:35 am


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