In response to Dr. Joe Brooks’ misdiagnosis of Ayn Rand’s philosophy as sociopathic, it is obvious he has misinterpreted her theories or never read her novels or treatises.
It is easy to disparage and defame an idea or proposition when it is misstated. The characterization of Rand’s philosophy as “one is only responsible to oneself” is a distortion of her words and intent.
Rand wrote, “The right to the pursuit of happiness means man’s right to live for himself, to choose what constitutes his own private, personal, individual happiness and to work for its achievement, so long as he respects the same right in others. Man cannot be forced to devote his life to the happiness of another man nor of any number of other men.”
You cannot make the poor prosperous by legislating prosperity out of the wealthy. Reason and logic confirm you cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. The collectivist ideal “the greatest good for the greatest number” implies the good of the majority must be achieved by the sacrifice of the minority.
The inalienable rights of humankind, as defined and protected by the Constitution, are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Unfortunately there are some who, in their naivete or ideological fervor, reject the notion that people cannot be deprived of their lives and property for the benefit of another, nor for the benefit of any number of others.