from 155 from here, Hillary makes bogus claim of racism in Alabama (about voting and drivers licenses), a thread by everyone elses favorite person, ITR Champion.
I do not like him. I do not trust him. I do not know if he is a troll who believes none of what he says or if he is a troll with a far far far super stubborn right wing agenda. Really, though, it does not matter. Because, I do not like him. I do not trust him. Everything he says is stupid. Him. Francisco d’Anconia (A character from Atlas Shrugged).
More rudness and snarkitude from D’Anconia
I do dispute it. The vast majority of people don’t live on one of the NYC subway lines. How do people drive, in rural Alabama? 167
Your statement is backwards. Did you ever consider that the reason they are “really poor” is because they don’t have a job? 179
And they should vote, why exactly? So they can spend other people’s money? 181
People are trying to explain to him the difficulties of being poor but he just keeps up with the same tactics. So, what say you SDMB, is this guy completely trolling us all, doesn’t believe a word he says, or is he just mean and stubborn?
To a Randian, the Free Market (peace be upon him) provides the correct value of all things, including people. If someone is poor, then that person’s has been determined to be valueless by the Free Market (praise his name) and so not worth worrying about.
There’s a feeling that every stupid statement must be disproved as someone may find the thread and idiot arguments have not been smacked down.
It makes the idiot look credible if no one refuted his statements.
No, at least according to Rand there is nothing wrong with compassion and empathy, but they are not primary virtues. One’s first duty is to provide for oneself and one’s children and spouse if appropriate; if one has sufficient resources to then be charitable, by all means do so if you want. It won’t get you into heaven (which doesn’t exist, of course) but if it makes you feel good and if you are not stealing from other people to do it, charity is fine.
There is a lot wanting in Rand’s philosophy, but it is not completely one-dimensional. One trouble with people like D’Anconia is that they haven’t gone past the sound bite stage, absorbing it by osmosis instead of actual study.