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Monday, April 25th, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)
How about this statement: My free will is your destiny.
That pretty much sums up the gaping hole in Objectivism. When does someone else's choice override the set of possibilities that are allowed to you? Otherwise, I consider the book a work of Nerd rage-porn and the dark side of tribalism: "Some day, our kind of people will go on strike and the entire world will fall apart."
This is, basically, Pride writ-large. Pride is not a sin, nor a virtue. It is simply a condition that requires humility to balance it. With no humility, no sense that even despite your best efforts, something can undo your careful attempts at self-sufficiency, the fall lasts until you die.
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