It’s Values, Stupid

Fur is flying as we approach Nov. 2.  Candidates are wallowing in the mud (see Aqua Buddha) and generally disgracing themselves in public.  So much for hope and change on that front. Not that I expected any different–some things never change.  There seems to be some confusion on the real issues, however, and that is what I would like to share today.

The sheer inability of Democrats to fathom the message of their limited-government adversaries is noteworthy.  It is as if they actually believe that there is a dark conspiracy lurking beneath these backward and uppity rabble-rousers.  Not the makings of a good dialogue.  On the flip side, we have limited-government candidates who seem only marginally capable of articulating a platform.  I have some suggestions.

This election is about collectivism versus individualism.  That should be made explicit in each and every race through 2012 and beyond.  It is not about whether government health care “works” or whether Obama is Muslim.  It is about whether one believes in the individual as an end, not a means to someone else’s end.

Collectivists generally hate being specific about their goals.  When a Marxist, for example, openly advocates the abolishment of private property, even liberals get irked.  Most of us still have enough self-respect to claim our right to own property.  When push comes to shove, even the Hollywood set recognizes that the Lear and Lamborghini have to go under Marxist rule.  It’s hard to be glamorous dressed in blue cotton.

With that kind of resistance to his real goals, the collectivist has to be devious.  This is where we lovers of liberty have failed so far.  We have allowed collectivism to creep into our consciousness.  We fell asleep on guard duty.  We got caught with our britches down.

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
Ayn Rand

About Terry Noel

I am an Associate Professor of Management and Quantitative Methods at Illinois State University. My specialty is entrepreneurship.
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2 Responses to It’s Values, Stupid

  1. Mick Barfield Centre '79 says:

    I was wondering if you support a for-profit healthcare system, and why?


    • Terry Noel says:

      Yes, I do, Mick. Good to hear from you. I believe in free markets, health care included. If one wishes to provide health care free, of course he/she should be free to do so. I oppose any form of coercion in the providing of values to others.


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