Ayn Rand: Love is a Response to Values

 

Writes Ayn Rand on love in her essay “Philosophy and Sense of Life” The Romantic Manifesto: A Philosophy of Literature (1975) 32:

“Love is a response to values. It is with a person’s sense of life that one falls in love—with that essential sum, that fundamental stand or way of facing existence, which is the essence of a personality. One falls in love with the embodiment of the values that formed a person’s character, which are reflected in his widest goals or smallest gestures, which create the style of his soul—the individual style of a unique, unrepeatable, irreplaceable consciousness. It is one’s own sense of life that acts as the selector, and responds to what it recognizes as one’s own basic values in the person of another. It is not a matter of professed convictions (though these are not irrelevant); it is a matter of much more profound, conscious and subconscious harmony.”

 

Why “Critics” Love Rian Johnson’s Knives Out

Post-modern movie critics are celebrating Rian Johnson’s movie Knives Out. They applaud it with the same enthusiasm they did for his previous cinematic failure, The Last Jedi, that “subverted,” that is, spat on, the beloved characters in George Lucas’ Star Wars universe.

They applaud it for the same reason: Johnson’s in-your-face Left-wing dogma.

Writes one adoring reviewer at the Verge [Knives Out review: a great mystery that fumbles its big finish] about the villains in Rian “subvert Star Wars” Johnson’s latest movie:

“The Thrombeys ….believed themselves to be good people because they were nice to her despite all their casual racism and espousement of conservative talking points on immigration ….We want to see [the heroine] prevail over the scheming wealthy white people who callously brush off concerns about the grotesque inhumanity on the US southern border in drawing rooms, who feign principle in opposition to their most egregiously offensive family members but ultimately only maintain their noble beliefs from the comfort of wealth.”

Excuse me, but “conservative talking points on immigration” and  “casual racism”?

See Larry Elder’s Democrats Against Illegal Immigration for a taste of reality.

Sadly for the reviewer, the movie ultimately fails in its central conflict:

“As Knives Out twists its way toward a conclusion, it doubles down on condescension, elevating Marta over the political landscape that would rather demonize her. Trouble is, people like Marta are already demonized by bigger and crueler buffoons than the Thrombeys — and there’s no fortune waiting to save them.”

For that, I suppose we require the forced wealth distribution of “Democratic Socialism.”

“And so, even though Knives Out ultimately brings its mystery to a satisfying conclusion with a culprit named and cuffed, there’s another one that gets away clean: white guilt.”

For this, we will have to wait for Rian Johnson’s next “subversive” political screed posing as entertainment.

Recommended Reading: The Big Lie in Hollywood: The Hollywood Ten Were Not Victims But Villains

 

 

CBS News on YouTube: “Very Little Transparency in Transparency Report”

From CBS News 60 Minutes on 300+ Trump ads taken down by Google, YouTube:

In an interview on 60 Minutes, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said the controversial Trump/Biden ad does not violate their policy. 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl asked Wojcicki, “Have you taken down any of President Trump’s ads at all?” YouTube’s CEO responded, “There are ads of President Trump that were not approved to run on Google or YouTube.” When pressed for an example, Wojcicki added, “Well, they’re available in our transparency report.”

In response to concerns raised after the 2016 election cycle, Google and YouTube, like Facebook, keep a searchable archive of political ads that have run on the site. 60 Minutes reviewed the archive to learn more about President Trump’s problematic political ads. We found that over 300 video ads were taken down by Google and YouTube, mostly over the summer, for violating company policy. But the archive doesn’t detail what policy was violated. Was it copyright violation? A lie or extreme inaccuracy? Faulty grammar? Bad punctuation? It’s unclear. The ads determined to be offending are not available to be screened. We found very little transparency in the transparency report.

 

Why Che Guevara Is Admired on College Campuses

Che Guevara on Executions without Trial

“We executed many people by firing squad without knowing if they were fully guilty. At times, the Revolution cannot stop to conduct much investigation.” — (1962) Quoted by the editor of the RevolucÍon, Carlos Franqui.

Che Guevara Against the Freedom of the Press

“We must eliminate all newspapers; we cannot make a revolution with free press.”

Che Guevara on the “Progressive” Echo Chamber

“My friends are friends only so long as they think as I do politically.”

Che Guevara on Cuban Concentration Camps (Guanahacabibes)

“We send to Guanahacabibes people who have committed crimes against revolutionary morals [i.e., homosexuality, Christianity]…it is hard labor…the working conditions are harsh…”

Che Guevara on Gun Crime

“My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood…I’d like to confess, Papa, at that moment I discovered that I really like killing.” — Letter to his father.

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Che clearly would fit right in with any College Leftist.

Sources: Victims of Communism

 

Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the Enlightenment

Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the escape from reigious totalitarianism for Europeans:

Four hundred years ago, the Enlightenment cut European culture from its roots of magic, kingship, social hierarchy, and the domination of priests, and regrafted it onto a great strong trunk that supported the equality of each individual, and his right to free opinions and self-rule.

Ayn Rand Interviewed by Louis Rukeyser (1981)

On November 21st, 1981, four months before her death, Ayn Rand addressed the National Committee for Monetary Reform conference in New Orleans and was interviewed by Louis Rukeyser regarding her remarks on businessmen and philosophy.

De Gaulle on France’s National Vice

General Charles de Gaulle on France’s national vice:

Envy is our national vice, it is the worst of the Deadly Sins, it is what projected the angels into Hell because they wanted to be the equal of God. It is worse than pride because pride has a certain nobility, while envy is the feeling of the defeated and rancorous, it is the crime of Cain against Abel, of him who has failed in everything and kills his neighbour because he is successful, it is the anger of losers. If the French did not have this fault, one could forgive them for many things.

In other words, “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” — sans liberty.

Theodore Dalrymple: David Cameron’s Kantain Memoir

Theodore Dalrymple has written an eloquent, insightful review on the memoir of David Cameron:

David Cameron’s supreme achievement is banality

For a man to have been at the peak of political power for six years and to have written a 700-page memoir without a single arresting thought or amusing anecdote, without giving any insight into the important people he has met, and without displaying any interest in, let alone knowledge of, history, philosophy or higher culture, is an achievement of a kind.

Public relations as the queen of the sciences

In a sense, Mr. Cameron is a Kantian: he believes that we can never get beyond appearance to things in themselves. Behind presentation there is no substance: just more presentation, so that public relations is the queen of the sciences and opinion polls must be consulted as Roman soothsayers consulted chicken entrails.

A “bread and circuses” populist against Brexit populism

Mr. Cameron castigates supporters of Brexit as populist, but he is himself a firm believer in the circus-division of a bread-and-circuses regime, for example counting Britain’s high tally of medals in the London Olympics as a great national success and cause for pride, rather than as evidence of a shameful and frivolous concentration on a trivial diversion during a period of national decline. 

Conserving the principle of statism

Mr. Cameron poses not only as a man of the people, but also as a conservative, admitting in his memoir, however, that he means by this the pursuit of progressive ends (that is to say, the fashionable nostra of the day) by conservative means: once again, the form without the content. And insofar as he can be said to have any philosophy at all, it is profoundly marked by statism

“Valuting ambition” + “utter mediocrity” = Cameron

In the end, I felt slightly sorry for David Cameron. There is no plumbing his shallows. As politicians go, he was obviously at the decent end of the spectrum, he was no monster; but when vaulting ambition (as his must surely have been) is allied to utter mediocrity, the result is… 700 pages that are a torture to read.

Cameron’s memoir may not be worth reading, but the entirety of Mr. Darymple’s “arresting and amusing” essay, David Cameron’s Big Lie, surely is.

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