TRUTH: The Flaw In Objectivism & The Libertarian Ideal

THE ROAD TO CONCORD

The past few days have found me debating the merits of the modern Libertarian movement with a friend and fellow blogger on The Rio Norte Line.  Then, just this morning, I read another post by the owner of that blog in which he cites a line from one of the central characters of Atlas Shrugged, the novel from which the Rio Norte Line draws its name.  That quote got me to thinking about the inherent flaw in the Libertarian ideal.  It is the same flaw inherent in Ayn Rand’s political philosophy.  In the novel, the character of John Galt sums up the central thought of the Libertarian ideal this way:

 “I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”

Unfortunately, as the founders of the American Revolution discovered for themselves…

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