Rogster

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  1. On the 27th February 2010, "The Freedom Association" (Inc. MEP Daniel Hannan) held the first British tea party event, in Brighton, England. The event took place shortly after the Conservative Spring Conference, at the Hilton hotel, in Brighton. http://www.tfa.net/the_freedom_association...-tea-party.html http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danielha...ch-on-saturday/ I should start by stating that I am no expert in Objectivism, but am fairly knowledgeable about the philosophy, and consider myself an Objectivist, even though I may get some things wrong. Nevertheless, I attended the event, as an Objectivist, with the aim of discovering whether it had any potential to be like the Tea Party movement, in the US. I was troubled when that the door greeter asked me whether I was "there to see Dan", and I responded coldly: "No, I'm here to be a part of the Tea Party movement" - This troubled me, because it's just wrong to make the event about 'one' man, rather than about the movement itself, which should've been spontaneous and grass-roots, rather than highly organised and controlled, like this one was. Other people started arriving, so I went into the meeting room which was pretty small, with maybe 20-25 chairs; barely big enough to fit 40 people into the room! Fox News had a cameraman there, and there was a small podium stand where organisers from The Freedom Association, but mostly Daniel Hannan, would speak. Eventually, Daniel Hannan came into the room and began his speech. At this point, the room was packed with 50-60 people; too many for the small room. My impression of his speech was that he quoted alot of history, he talked about Europe alot, he spoke about how we need "lower taxation", he reeled off statistics about taxation, he talked about British 'traditions', he spoke of the legitimacy of holding a British Tea Party event, and he mentioned the various bad things that the British Labour Party had done over the years. Furthermore, he spoke briefly about his admiration for Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. But of course, you will all eventually be able to listen to the speech and the Q&A session, when it finally gets uploaded, or shown on Fox News. I shall endeavour to keep you guys updated. The Q&A session entailed Daniel Hannan taking questions from audience, and answering three at a time. I was questioner number three, and I should probably point out that my heart was beating wildly at this point, but I managed to put the following question to him: "Isn't taxation a violation of individual rights? You haven't spoken about individual rights anywhere in your speech!" And in response, he again neglected to mention individual rights, by evasively speaking about generic "individual freedom", "abstract rights", British traditions of freedom, and government's duty to control and provide "The army, roads, healthcare, education and police". I sat there fuming with anger. "Typical bloody Conservative", I thought, "Always evading the principle of individual rights". Where was the mention of individual rights? It's a Tea Party event about taxation, so surely individual rights should've been a major talking point?! And what the heck was he talking about when he spoke about the government's duty to provide "roads, healthcare and education"? - That's socialism! What about providing courts and enforcing/upholding objective laws? There was no mention of that. He spoke about "lowering taxes" - but he didn't even answer me on whether taxation, which is the seizure of wealth, by force, from disarmed victims, by the government, is a violation of individual rights (all of them). He either... 1. Didn't know what individual rights are, and why they're so important 2. Knew what individual rights are, but evaded the question and criticism 3. Simply forgot my question and criticism Overall, I was unimpressed with his speech and his Q&A. I left the Tea Party event, feeling angry and frustrated with a man whom I had greatly respected only half an hour earlier. Quite frankly, if the British Tea Party movement is to have any future, then it will have to continue spontaneously from the grass-roots, rather than by any one man, or any one organisation. The general impression that I got from other attendees, was that it the British Tea Party event was merely an 'extension' to the Conservative Spring Conference, and not a true Tea Party movement in its own right.
  2. I know who is John Galt

    Personally, I've struggled to find what I think of as "Objectivist Art" and "Objectivist Music". So much art and music, centres on the negative themes that Ayn Rand warned about, in her books. Even after browsing through the hundreds of songs that I have, I couldn't find a single one that made me think "This is what Halley's Fifth Concerto would sound like" (albeit not necessarily in terms of classical music). Even after visiting numerous art galleries, and viewing online art; I have yet to find art that represents Ayn Rand's view of Man as a 'heroic being', eg. with a Man's head raised high, in the way that only a truly painless, fearless and guiltless individual, could genuinely manage. I'm convinced that Objectivists need food for their mind, in the form of art and music.
  3. I know who is John Galt

    Thanks for clearing that up. I much prefer it to be a real figure of human greatness, than just something imagined.
  4. I know who is John Galt

    Royce, the picture is not my own work, and I don't know who drew it.
  5. Being English, I began as most Englishmen unfortunately begin: As a statist socialist, who thinks that the automatic solution to any problem, is government intervention. I remember that I would say "We need a law for that sort of thing!", or "The government should do something about that!"; without considering the morality, philosophical basis and implications of such action. I just... didn't think However, around a year ago, I was introduced to the works of Ayn Rand. I don't remember what I read or saw, which prompted me to find and read Atlas Shrugged; perhaps I was held by some solitary voice of reason, in a wilderness of irrationality, and that I held onto that solitary voice, in hope of escaping my own depravity. For me, Atlas Shrugged was a torturous rebuke, because I was guilty of the evils that Ayn Rand exposed. In my mind, a war was being waged with every chapter that I read, between the ideas I had held and been taught to uphold, all my life, and the ideas that Ayn Rand had introduced me to. It was as though I had spent a lifetime in the service of evil, and then one day finally realised that what I was serving, was evil. For some time, I was incredibly angry at myself for spending my life in the service of evil. I wanted desperately to free myself of the guilt; I wanted to become a man whose face is without pain or fear or guilt. In time, and with more re-reading of Atlas Shrugged and further reading of "The Fountainhead", "The Virtue of Selfishness" and "Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal"; I realised that the guilt I was feeling, was intentional and integral to statism and socialism. I realised that the very existence of these systems, is dependant on the existence of this guilt, that they feed on guilt, by both encouraging it, rewarding it, and forcing it upon us, against our own volition. In their defence, many would argue that if men accepted statism and socialism, in any degree; then there is no non-hypocritical defence that anyone can use against these systems - "You have accepted our bribe; eaten our apple; taken the bait - Now your life belongs to us!" Needless to say, I am now free of their guilt, thanks to the works of Ayn Rand, and am now working towards becoming that rarity which is "the real maker of wealth, the greatest worker, the highest type of human being—the self-made man". Sadly, it is very hard and lonely, living in a society in which the overwhelming vast majority of people are statist socialist / mixed economy advocates, rather than those who advocate for free market, laissez-faire capitalism and limited government. Americans are truly fortunate to have been born into a society that came closest to the latter. These days, I think of myself as an Objectivist, rather than Libertarian or Conservative. I know that I am no expert, so I am doing as Yaron Brook advised, which is to "educate, educate and educate" myself. I shall end now, by providing you all with what I consider to be the most accurate representation of a man whose face is without pain or fear or guilt: http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/6770/deliverance.jpg Cordially Rogster