Tuesday, January 04, 2011

The warped thinking of Progressivism

The slogans of Progressivism are 'No can do' and thereafter 'Not my fault'.

The following excerpt from Atlas Shrugged occurs in Chapter VII of the book, when the mother of a successful industrialist pleads for him to give his worthless brother (whom he has supported with handouts and help throughout his miserable existence collecting for progressive causes) a full-time well paid job doing nothing supposedly for the benefit of his brother's self-esteem. The passage quoted begins with the mother asking:

" Don't you ever think of people and your moral duties?"

" I don't know what it is that you choose to call morality, No I don't think of people -- except that if I gave a job to Philip, I wouldn't be able to face any competent man who needed work and deserved it."

She got up. Her head was drawn into her shoulders, and the righteous bitterness of her voice seemed to push her words upwards at his tall straight figure: " That's your cruelty, that's what's mean and selfish about you. If you loved your brother, you'd give him a job he didn't deserve, precisely because he didn't deserve it -- that would be love and kindness and brotherhood. Else what's love for? If a man deserves  a job, there is no virtue in giving it to him. Virtue is the giving of the undeserved."

He was looking at her like a child at an unfamiliar nightmare, incredulity preventing it from becoming horror. " Mother," he said slowly, " you don't know what you are saying, I'm not able ever to despise you enough to believe that you mean it."

Please read the book, it is available in Penguin Modern Classics, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, £10.99 ISBN 978-0-141-18893-5; It predicts where the policies of the leaders of the EU and particularly those of ALL the three main political parties in the UK, David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Miliband Minor are taking the country under 'Progressivism'



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