23 July 2010

Objectivists are weird

Particularly when they don't seem very objectivist

Like when they decide that private property rights should be overridden to serve some supposed communal interest (or their own, but not necessarily the property owners', private demands). My Randism may be a little hazy, but I'm pretty sure that overriding private interests by legal force is like original sin for Catholics, it's the thing you're trying to run away from as fast as possible.

In any case, I still don't see how this is such a big deal, even if there isn't popular support.

What I know of public policy suggests that many dumb ideas are popular, and many good ideas are unpopular. . So that's hardly suggesting that we should override private property rights, not the mention the 1st amendment's free exercise clause, or even the decisions of a local zoning board because of external (ie, non-local) demands and concerns.
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