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  1. #1 Reason or Faith: The Republican Alternative 
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    An article on the future of the Republican Party, from the Capitalist Magazine.

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    Republicans want to be moral, which is a lofty goal, but under pressure of commandments to be selfless, they cannot defend the heart of free enterprise: the selfish pursuit of profit. Many Republicans admire successful businessmen for their productive success but grant them moral credit only when they give away their fortunes.

    Because the Republicans’ embrace of altruism has rendered them unable to defend the profit motive, they have abandoned capitalism and accepted the legitimacy of every government program that redistributes money to those in need. They have become fiscally indistinguishable from Democrats because Christianity and Marxism share the same moral premise: “give unto the poor” or “to each according to his need.” The welfare state is the direct application of the morality of self-sacrifice to the realm of politics.

    For two generations, Republican leaders have abandoned reason, individual rights, and freedom—the founding values of the American republic—in favor of religion, tradition, and “family values.” The Republicans’ tendency to coin terms such as “compassionate conservatism,” “neoconservatism,” and “big-government conservatism” is a consequence of their adherence to the sacrificial morality of religion, which, logically, demands an ever-widening welfare state.

    The antidote to this rising tide of socialism is a moral principle that runs counter to altruism, the principle of individual rights: recognition of each individual’s inalienable right to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. This is the principle on which our nation was founded, and it is the moral principle that Republicans must grasp, accept, and defend if they wish to end their malevolent alliance with the left, reverse the malignant expansion of government power, and rescue individual rights from the morality of self-sacrifice.
    Read the full, an considerably longer, article here: http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=5375
    "If you bound the arms and legs of gold-medal swimmer Michael Phelps, weighed him down with chains, threw him in a pool and he sank, you wouldn't call it a 'failure of swimming'. So, when markets have been weighted down by inept and excessive regulation, why call this a 'failure of capitalism'?"
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    Keep the good stuff coming!

    I particularly enjoyed the end...

    The moral contradiction between the biblical mandate of self-sacrifice and the factual need for human beings to pursue and protect their life-serving values is destroying the Republican party. Republicans face a decision. They may conclude that they have failed their faith and that they must seek redemption by injecting religion more deeply into politics. Or they may realize that their faith has failed them and that they must abandon the crusade, commit themselves to individual rights, and set forth to defend freedom, limited government, and capitalism.

    If Republicans choose the former, they should expect to suffer the fate of Senator Dole, who was voted out after accusing her opponent of speaking with the “godless Americans”—as if talking to atheists is a sin.

    If, however, Republicans choose the latter, they will have taken the first step toward becoming principled, intellectual advocates of the American republic. They will be free to build a Republican party of individual rights from the ashes of the Grand Old Party of Lincoln. And if they do, they will deserve to win the next election.
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    There is no conflict between altruism and capitalism.
    I long for the days when our President actually liked our country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Constitutionally Speaking View Post
    There is no conflict between altruism and capitalism.
    Don't confuse altruism with kindness, good will or respect for the rights of others. Love, friendship, respect and admiration are the emotional response of one man to the virtues of another – the spiritual payment given in exchange for the personal, selfish pleasure which one man derives from the virtues of another man's character. An altruist, however, is a person who keeps sacrificing himself and his values, which means: sacrificing his friends to his enemies, his allies to his protagonists, his interests to any cry for help, his strength to anyone's weakness, his convictions to anyone's wishes, the truth to any lie, the good to any evil." A (rationally) selfish person upholds his own values and his own principles, neither sacrificing himself to others nor others to himself.

    The basic principle of altruism is that man has no right to exist for his own sake – that self-sacrifice to others is the only justification of his existence. The social system based on and consonant with the altruist morality is socialism, in all or any of its variants: fascism, Nazism, communism. All of them treat man as a sacrificial animal to be immolated for the benefit of the group, the tribe, the society, the state. The altruist morality is the polar opposite of capitalism – the former is a rejection of individual rights, while the latter is made possible solely through individual rights. Altruism and capitalism cannot co-exist.
    Last edited by EricMartin; 12-13-2008 at 01:52 PM.
    "If you bound the arms and legs of gold-medal swimmer Michael Phelps, weighed him down with chains, threw him in a pool and he sank, you wouldn't call it a 'failure of swimming'. So, when markets have been weighted down by inept and excessive regulation, why call this a 'failure of capitalism'?"
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    Let me rephrase it then, There is no conflict between Christianity and capitalism.
    I long for the days when our President actually liked our country.
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