Tagged: philosophy

Heinlein vs Aristotle vs Plato

Stumbled upon this colossal quote today, and had to share it with you:

“Does history record any case in which the majority was right?” ―Robert A. Heinlein

Think about that for a minute.  On issues of morality the answer to that has to be a resounding “no.”  Clan-think seems to bring out the worst in people, is and always has been wrong, and will probably continue to be wrong so long as the inhuman practice of statism, which allows some men to rule over others by initiatory force, keeps mankind in the dark ages. History shows that it is always a tireless and passionate minority which moves history along the right path, when it finally gets there. I also came across this quote from Plato which is  both fitting and quite erudite in its own right:


That’s one of only two things that Plato ever said that I agree with, that I’m aware of. The other one: “The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”

  Plato was a mystic, and it could be said that he is responsible for much of the murky, mystical-irrational philosophy that exists today. The philosophical yin to Plato’s yang is Aristotle, the father of science and reason, who was Plato’s student strangely enough.

The more robust of the 3 quotes here would have to be Heinlein’s, and the more scholarly, Plato’s about the price of apathy towards public affairs.


What’s Your Motive?

Leftist philosophy is the set of political ideas would you come up with if you viewed life as a horrible set of circumstances, to be avoided at all cost, as much as humanly possible. If you viewed thought-directed action solely and exclusively as a means to escape and evade as much of the horrible affliction and hardship that is life as possible, placing no importance on, or having any regard for achieving any of the rewards life has to offer, then what you would come up with would be identical to leftist philosophy.

I’m speaking specifically about collectivism — subordinating the individual to the “greater good,” or to the collective. And the altruist code of morality/ethics that is presented in the bible, and in communism/socialist/leftist philosophy — the idea that your only moral purpose is to serve others, that you have no right to exist for your own sake. Think about it.

What a horrible mess of evasive thinking leftism is.