Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Bullshit or Not: Ayn Rand Edition

There's an old sketch film called Amazon Women on the Moon and one of the bits in the film is a parody of the old Leonard Nimoy show, In Search Of... called, "Bullshit or Not?" which featured the tagline "Bullshit or not? You decide." It's a line I like so much that I've stolen it for an irregular series of posts.

This time it is a passage from Atlas Shrugged:

Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns--or dollars. Take your choice--there is no other.
The marketplace forces you to see other human beings at least as consumers or partners in commerce. As such, the line goes, it establishes a restraint on brutality and keeps order and ideology at bay. As long as worship of the market is basis of the your ideology, more harmful ideologies will be eliminated.

So, bullshit or not? You decide. As usual, free free to leave a one word response or a dissertation.