(Rand’s full 1959 video interview with Mike Wallace here.)
In this fascinating 1959 interview with a young Mike Wallace, #AynRand states that the world is moving towards “disaster” and “destruction” and “complete collectivism” or “socialism.” This she ties to the implementation of the welfare state and its undermining of individual rights. The welfare state is leading us toward a society where “everyone is enslaved to everyone else.”
Wallace counters that this system came about democratically. Does Ayn Rand oppose that democratic process? Watch to find out. What do you think about Rand’s warning and her answer to Wallace?
Wallace tries to trip-up Rand over individual capitalists having the freedom she advocates, but she points out how such individualism is often times tainted by a kinship with government and/or politicians.
A great example of that is the current Epipen massive and outrageous price hike by the company that produces the lifesaving device.
The Mylan Pharmaceuticals CEO directly responsible for the rise in cost to dependent consumers, Heather Bresch, is the daughter of a democrat Sen. Joe Manchin, she and Mylan Pharm are Clinton Foundation donors, and they are defending the prike gouging by saying ‘ObamaCare is responsible’ for the company’s profiteering ahead of approaching generic competition. Mylan CEO Bresch’s salary rose 600% as the Epipen price hike went up to 400% … an over $18 million raise. Well, “free enterprise”, you say? No, crony capitalism. Scratch a crony capitalist and you’ll find a democrat-backer with ties to some democrat in power. “Big Pharma” was all on-board years back with ObamaCare when the closed door deals were being made and it was being crammed through the democrat-led US Congress and down the nation’s throat. And she and Mylan are saying ObamaCare made the pharmaceutical company do it.
What is highly laughable is the criticism from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Now lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are demanding an investigation into Mylan’s monstrous price hike. Just a reminder, Bam’s ObamaCare was never meant to be “affordable” or lower costs on healthcare and/or pharmaceuticals/drugs … and it has not. And in 2004, during an influenza panic, then Sen. Hillary Clinton had the damn sweaty balls to blame then Pres. George W, Bush for flu vaccine shortages she was directly responsible for! See how that works? So, as ObamaCare circles the proverbial drain as more and more insurance companies drop out and more states see their systems failing, more profiteers will grab for their winnings before the intended collapse approaches and total government-run “single payer” threatens to take over. “Never let a good crisis go to waste”, even if you yourself must create and implement said ‘crisis’ and make certain it is carried out to the full and destructive extent.
Again, see how that works?
And after a couple of days of backlash Mylan NV is: “… promising to reduce the costs that some patients pay, though the drugmaker stopped short of saying it would roll back prices or limit future increases.” … Well, it is just a few short months before the election, you know.
Meanwhile, a very good current example of government hindrance and overreach (and seeing a moneymaker opportunity) is this recent massive flooding disaster in Louisiana where citizens of the region, dubbed “The Cajun Navy”, have not been waiting for the almighty government entities to fly in and help, but have been pulling their neighbors out of danger. Now, a politician is insisting nobody can help they neighbor without government permission and regulation by way of ‘training’, paid ‘fees’, and a fucking permit to do so…
Republican State Sen. Jonathan Perry of Vermillion Parish, is working on legislation that could require training, certificates and a permit fee to allow these Good Samaritans to get past law enforcement into devastated areas. He said some were turned away.
“At the end of the day, there are going to be two things that are going to be the hurdle when you approach it from the state’s standpoint,” said Sen. Perry in a radio interview. “Liability is going to be number one for them. They don’t want the liability of someone going out to rescue someone and then not being able to find them (the rescuers) and, secondly, there’s a cost.”
Members of the Cajun Navy don’t understand the regulations.
“How can you regulate people helping people? That doesn’t make sense to me,” said Clouatre.
Perry tried to elaborate and justify his plan to legislate rescuing and aiding people in danger in LA …
Perry then proposed a kind of new license that would allow volunteers to get around some of those restrictions. But his proposal was met with negativity and those asking, how someone could control volunteering.
“The liability can be as simple as someone signing a waiver prior to a natural disaster,” Perry explained in a Facebook post Tuesday evening.
“If nothing takes places and no legislation takes place. Members of the ‘Cajun Navy’ or anyone else who wants to help will continuously get stopped and be prevented from going and rescuing people,” Perry said. “Under current law, if there is a barricade or perimeter set up by law enforcement and they are told they can not cross it if they do they technically are breaking the law.”
“My goal is to eliminate that completely. So that the volunteers and those part of the Cajun Navy have immediate access to go and rescue our people… It will basically remove any restrictions and allow people to get to our citizens quicker.”
So, this would have worked out how well, State Sen. Perry, during Hurricane Katrina where New Orleans saw a percentage of their police run for their own lives, in addition to other failures, and official rescue and aid entities (such as FEMA and The Red Cross) refused to enter the area for crucial days?
Here in the flood zone of south Louisiana, you would be hard-pressed to find a single church or Christian organization … that isn’t in some way helping flood victims. I’m not talking about simply giving money. I’m talking about doing sacrificial work to help those who are helpless … The need is so great that there is no way this or any government could respond effectively to it on their own.
I was thinking about this yesterday, and thinking about how to many Americans, the thing most important to them about churches like those in this conservative part of America is that they (the churches) hold “bigoted” attitudes about LGBTs. In the years to come, those churches will be forced to pay a significant penalty for holding those views. Some people say that loss of tax-exempt status, which is what many progressives would like to see happen to dissident churches, will be no big deal. Why should their tax dollars go to subsidize bigotry? they reason.
It will be a very big deal. All contributions to churches and Christian organizations doing relief work are tax-deductible at the present time. This will likely go away, dramatically hampering the resources available to conservative churches like Istrouma to help the suffering in instances like this. Far as I know, nobody has seen crews from the Human Rights Campaign mucking out houses or feeding refugees.
Of course if they lose their tax exemption, churches will still do these things. But they will have many fewer resources with which to do so. Progressives either have not thought about this, or, as I suspect, they just don’t care. Purity on LGBT issues is all that matters…