Aunt Maria Petrovna had lived her life preparing for death. Her moral choices were guided by the mystics of the mind – the Church. Upon facing imminent death, Maria realized her error and turned to the only person she knew who chose to live. Andrei’s moral choices were guided by the mystics of muscle – the Party.
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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.
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Vasili chose to live in a primitive environment, and used his impressive mental and physical energy to create wealth. Kira was imprisoned in a primitive environment, and using her prodigious mental and physical energy to avoid death.
The death premise of Marxism – life is chaos and people are impotent. They demand submission to the collective. Last week in 2020 America, you were exposed to their chaos in Kenosha WI and Portland OR, and the impotence of police departments who were ordered to stand down in submission to the cancel culture of today’s organized, violent, Marxist mobs.
The eminently wise Gen Z’er Kira has exposed Rand’s sense of humor and Pavel’s greatest weakness – he has nothing without public cooperation. She knows that his object is unearned wealth, his carrot is social justice, and his stick is his criminal gang. Greed, envy, and fear – and today’s Democratic party.
Kira’s focus is on what she can control, especially her ambitions, and for the singular reason that she wants it. She has no interest in those who want little more than to avoid death. As the master of her future, and being a naive, idealistic 18 year old girl, her attention is drawn to young men who have not surrendered to their circumstances, whatever that may mean.
The first banner read: Comrades! We Are the Builders of a New Life! The other banner read: Lice Spread Disease! Citizens, Unite on the Anti-Typhus Front! The comparative irony Rand presents with these is stunning – to be a comrade is to be lice, citizens are builders where building is forbidden, and life is defined as avoiding death.
Class consciousness is fealty to your political identity group, Communism is the negation of human volition, and the bourgeois exploiters are the manufacturers and merchants who produce every material need and desire for human prosperity. But when a culture’s dominant philosophy becomes malevolent, and motivated by envy and fear, force replaces reason and trade is conducted by blood instead of money.
Who is Kira Argounova? is an essential question no one has ever asked you, until now. As the lead character in Ayn Rand’s 1936 novel We the Living, her story is more relevant than ever. Set in 1920’s Soviet Russia, the circumstances of her life and culture are rearing their ugly head a century later in America. To learn more about Kira’s life premise and America’s degeneration, we have created the We the Living Study Group on Facebook for our readers.
Please reply to the link below if you would like an invitation to join the We the Living Study Group on Facebook, obtain a copy of the novel, and commit to reading it. The time frame is August through October – 13 weeks and about 3 chapters each week. We will consider the virtues, vices, and motivations of each character, and the ethical and political context of their actions.
Scientific analysis shows that while each individual is always economically best off earning as much money as the freedom of competition allows him to earn, people are not better off when earnings increase as the result of government policies of creating money. Absent government money creation, lower GDP signifies increased wealth and human well-being.
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