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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tea Partying with Ayn Rand

As I understand it, Ayn Rand is something of a favorite among the Tea Party crowd.  Fair enough, and with Atlas Shrugged coming out as a movie, I'm sure many will be singing her free-market praises from the highs and the lows.  However, I wonder how many of that same ilk realize that she was also very much pro choice?

"One method of destroying a concept is be diluting its meaning.  Observe that by ascribing rights to the unborn, i.e., the nonliving, the anti-abortionists obliterate the rights of the living."

As quoted from Ms Rand herself (citation HERE).

Not enough for you?  Well how about I double down on this one?


An embryo has no rights. Rights do not pertain to a potential, only to an actual being. A child cannot acquire any rights until it is born. The living take precedence over the not-yet-living (or the unborn).
Abortion is a moral right—which should be left to the sole discretion of the woman involved; morally, nothing other than her wish in the matter is to be considered. Who can conceivably have the right to dictate to her what disposition she is to make of the functions of her own body?"

(Ayn Rand on abortion...citation HERE).

Now since for many abortion is the only issue by which people are judged, does this mean that, for example, Pennsylvanians for Human Life will be telling one and all to boycott Ms Rand's work?  After all the stand of a politician on abortion seems to be the only litmus test that some apply to the voting if somehow every other stand the politician make take is now somehow "soiled"...then why wouldn't Ms Rand's work similarly be "soiled"?  Would not her stand on abortion make her "evil"?

These questions...and more...will not be answered by a Tea Bagger near you.

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