The unknown ideal, the ultimate solution to social domination, and its horrid extreme – slavery, is the self-evident morality of capitalism. It is the socioeconomic system that bans force from all voluntary, human interaction. Free markets are rooted in rational self-interest, its foundation is the morally derived principle of rights, and their axiomatic truth is in the primacy of existence.
About Mark Shupe
Mark Shupe is a contributing author at Center for Individualism. He is also an investment strategy advisor and fitness instructor. Mark studied economics and finance at the University of Notre Dame. His writing passion includes the history of Western Civilization, the moral case for Capitalism, and the promise of Individualism.
Reason itself is under attack in 2020 American culture. The popular bromide of these nihilists, the ones who reject moral truth, is “there are no absolutes.” The phrase itself is an absolute. As a self-evident contradiction whose purpose is to force artificial equality, let the consequences be damned.
Natural law, and the moral laws of nature do not carry the weight of statutory law. They do not protect individuals from force applied by others, which is the only threat to acting on their rational self-interest. Because of this, only objective statutory law was worthy of America’s Founders pledging their “lives, fortunes and sacred honor.”
If “knowledge and objective truth were open to all men” (Locke’s epistemology in Chapter 1), and error naturally flees when “reason and experiment have been indulged,” (Jefferson in Chapter 2), then any despot’s grip on political power is no stronger than the weak minds that sanction their own victimhood!
More complex ideas of morality and law are put together from simple ones by the faculty of reason, that is, the mental functions of repetition, comparison, combination and abstraction. The goal of such knowledge was to guide man in determining what he ought to do as a rational and voluntary agent for the attainment of any end, especially happiness.
The principle that freedom is indivisible reflects the fact that humans are an integration of mind and body, spirit and matter, consciousness and existence. It implies humans must choose to exercise their reason – unique to them – to grasp reality, live ethically, and flourish. – Richard Salsman
William Bradford’s epiphany was the triumph of capitalism over collectivism, and it completes the chain reaction – freedom, responsibility, self government, capitalism, abundance, and enjoyment. Tomorrow is the day for Americans of all nationalities to enjoy the people they value, take pleasure in the banquet afforded by their enterprise, and be grateful for humanity’s newly discovered lives of reason, purpose, and pride.
Because the religious morality of the premodern world (ante Age of Enlightenment), and the secular morality of the postmodern world (post Age of Reason) are commonly accepted in 2020’s American culture, the moral principles of America’s founding are virtually unknown.
In July, Center for Individualism created a Facebook study group centered on Ayn Rand’s 1936 novel, We the Living. The group analyzed the novel’s characters and their circumstances, its historical backdrop, and the lessons that can be drawn for 2020 Americans from 1920s Russia. The weekly series of articles that resulted from the group’s analysis […]
The radical ideology attacking our country advances under the banner of social justice. But in truth, it would demolish both justice and society. It would transform justice into an instrument of division and vengeance, and it would turn our free and inclusive society into a place of repression, domination and exclusion. They want to silence us, but we will not be silenced.
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