Varför julen är en självisk högtid

Många tror idag att julen är en huvudsakligen och ursprungligen kristen högtid som betonar konventionella “dygder” som osjälviskhet men vars kommersiella karaktär underminerar julfirandets anda. ARIs Onkar Ghate argumenterar tvärtemot för att

Christmas is a spiritual holi­day whose theme is personal, selfish plea­sure and joy. The season’s commercialism, far from detracting from this celebration, as we’re often told, is integral to it.

Många tror också att julen handlar om “ge tillbaka till andra”, att offra sig för andra, att skänka en tanke till de “behövande”. Sådana altruistiska slogans är i själva verket inte bara oförenliga med julfirandet; de skulle, om något, endast förstöra julen. Det menar i alla fall Peter Schwartz som bland annat skriver:

Imagine trying to celebrate Christmas by taking altruism seriously. Instead of buying gifts for your children, you would be obliged to spend that money on needy children in, say, Bangladesh. Instead of buying yourself a new suit for the holiday, you would have to go around in sackcloth because of your duty toward those who have less than you. Is that what the Christmas spirit is supposed to mean? Does an obligation to sacrifice for the sake of others sound like a prescription for goodwill among people — or for resentment and conflict?

Enligt Leonard Peikoff borde vi således sträva mot att utan skam och skuld fira julens själviska och kommersiella natur:

All the best customs of Christmas, from carols to trees to spectacular decorations, have their root in pagan ideas and practices. These customs were greatly amplified by American culture, as the product of reason, science, business, worldliness, and egoism, i.e., the pursuit of happiness.

America’s tragedy is that its intellectual leaders have typically tried to replace happiness with guilt by insisting that the spiritual meaning of Christmas is religion and self-sacrifice for Tiny Tim or his equivalent. But the spiritual must start with recognizing reality. Life requires reason, selfishness, capitalism; that is what Christmas should celebrate — and really, underneath all the pretense, that is what it does celebrate. It is time to take the Christ out of Christmas, and turn the holiday into a guiltlessly egoistic, pro-reason, this-worldly, commercial celebration.

Ayn Rand om julen

Via The Ayn Rand Lexicon:

The charming aspect of Christmas is the fact that it expresses good will in a cheerful, happy, benevolent, non-sacrificial way. One says: “Merry Christmas”—not “Weep and Repent.” And the good will is expressed in a material, earthly form—by giving presents to one’s friends, or by sending them cards in token of remembrance . . . .

The best aspect of Christmas is the aspect usually decried by the mystics: the fact that Christmas has been commercialized. The gift-buying . . . stimulates an enormous outpouring of ingenuity in the creation of products devoted to a single purpose: to give men pleasure. And the street decorations put up by department stores and other institutions—the Christmas trees, the winking lights, the glittering colors—provide the city with a spectacular display, which only “commercial greed” could afford to give us. One would have to be terribly depressed to resist the wonderful gaiety of that spectacle.

Vad är fel med multikulturalism?

Peter Schwartz har skrivit en bra artikel, “Multiculturalism as Tribalism”, i vilken han grundligen går igenom—och utvärderar—multikulturalismens natur:

What decent person could possibly be against multiculturalism? After all, it supposedly stands for tolerance and respect toward people from other cultures.

If you oppose multiculturalism, you are branded as evil. You’re a xenophobe or a racist. You’re someone who wants to keep foreigners out of the country. You regard people who speak a different language as your enemies. You want to deny them their rights. And all multiculturalism wants—we’re told—is for people from different cultures to be able to live together peacefully. Why would anyone oppose that?

Because in reality, multiculturalism is something very different. It is an ideology with one fundamental purpose: to keep us from judging things as good or bad. Multiculturalism is the demand that no ”culture” be elevated above any other. It is the demand that all beliefs held by various groups be regarded as equally valid and equally good.

Let’s look at what multiculturalism actually entails.

Läs resten här.

En bra indikation

Jag kan inte låta bli att uppmärksamma en artikel av Nolan Finley. Låt mig citera:

America has elected few presidents who’ve had significant and successful business careers before entering the Oval Office. So the absence of any private sector executive experience on Barack Obama’s resume doesn’t set him that far apart from his predecessors.

But his aloofness to how business works sure does.

Speaking this week to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the president assured the nation’s business leaders that he ”gets it,” that he understands the pressure cooker they’ve lived in during this deep recession and snail’s pace recovery.
And then he made a strange plea for a guy who ”gets it.” He asked them to stop knocking themselves out to keep their enterprises afloat and just go out and hire someone.

Having failed to restart America’s job engine by saturating it in $800 billion of stimulus starter fluid, Obama is now appealing to altruism.

Invoking JFK, the president urged executives to ”ask yourself what you can do for America.” His ask: Take the $2 trillion sitting on their sidelines and add workers to their payrolls.

The response was described as polite, which is a nice way of saying they thought him clueless.

Om denna artikel är en indikation på vad vi kan förvänta oss i framtiden, då talar det väl för USA:s framtid. Varför? Därför att här har vi en artikel där en icke-objektivist som explicit FÖRDÖMER Obama för att vädja till altruism!

Denna artikel hade inte varit möjlig för tio år sedan. Kanske inte ens för fem år sedan. Detta är verkligen inget man ser varje dag. Detta är ett tecken på att Ayn Rands perspektiv verkligen håller på att vinna mark i USA, håller på att bli en del av mainstream!

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110210/OPINION03/102100340/Altruism-is-Obama’s-new-jobs-plan#ixzz1DgfBx3vd