"I want everyone to get off my lawn, to leave me alone and just let me be, let me do whatever I want. If other people didn't get out of my way fast enough, or they didn't have the money to get out of my way thanks to pissing all their money away due to laziness, obviously it's their free choice to get hurt by me when I eventually steamroll some of the lazy and ignorant looters. Hell, in a way I am doing a service to society when I am culling the weak and the ignorant. Hell, I should even be paid for that service.
So I want all the freedom and I still also want all the benefits accorded by mutuality, society, good will, and cooperation.
I want all the benefits of cooperation and none of the costs.
I want to have a choice to cooperate or not to cooperate, while I certainly enjoy it when others overwhelmingly choose to cooperate with me. And if others think they are morally bound to cooperate with me, I won't do a thing to change that opinion! I just don't want to be bound by the same opinion myself.
It's OK for others to think they are morally bound to cooperate with me.
It's equally OK for me to think that I am not morally bound to cooperate with others, because after all, cooperation is meaningless if it's not of free will."
-- Nefandi, quoting a fictional representation of a Libertarian Republican, May 30, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
A summary of the social outlook of the Objectivist philosophy.