A discussion was brought up on another thread. I had said Rand had disdain for the poor, for the needy. The response was as such:
Rand did not dislike the needy. Again, that is an incorrect assumption on your part. What she disliked (or, more accurately, loathed) were people who claimed that people of ability had the moral (and legal) responsibility to provide for the needy. She also felt that those people were at least in part responsible for keeping the needy that way since, if your highest goal is to help the needy, what are you to do if there are none?
Now, you can argue all day about whether that is true or not, but within the constraints of her philosophy, it’s not the needy that are the problem. There are plenty of needy who would never think of asking for, let alone demanding, a hand-out.
My response was:
If you had any real concern for people, saw any real value or human connection to them, you would FELL that it was your moral obligation to help them. in fact, you would feel (and think) that people who thought like Rand were selfish, callous, whatever negative word you want to use. I’m not arguing with you about your claims of Rand, I’m not making my criticism personal to you, I’m saying the content of what you are saying is a logical mismatch.
So what say you all. Can you have true concern and compassion for the needy and at the same time be resentful if you are forced to help them?