WHY I AM NOT A FRONTLINE ADVOCATE OF CAPITALISM
when you think of anything to do with the philosophical system of Ayn Rand, you think of capitalism. Inceed. it appeared in the title of one of her non-fiction books, we link to a fine publication called "Capitalism Magazine", and for over 45 years the dollar sign had become a ubiquitous emblem of Objectivism: of the dollar sign, Miss Rand sad that she liked the symbol of US money because she theorized that the symbol with the two vertical lines represented the initials "US" as well as the money symbol represented "free trade and a free mind". So you think that all adherents of the philosphy are hardline pro-capitaists.
Well that is not necessarily true. Miss Rand has said "...If I had to choose between capitalism without reason or not at all then not at all". Now there is a hint here. Also. There are other considerations.
Now as for me. There are other things.
- There are different reasons persons become Randians; some for its economic outlook, some for its individualism, usually as artists and some for the love of scinece and the mentality of rationality. I fall into that last category. The reason for which you chose Randian philosophy determines what your strong point will be and your area of specialzation. In my particular case, not only was it a general pro-science/reason attitude but my best science is specifically the science of the mind and behavior (psychology)
- Capitlaism is not a one-for-one correspondent with Randism. It had some existence before 1960.
- Captitalism is by nature, materialistic, as one preacher, who supports the system put it. "It provides an excellent 'dog's life'; a material existence, which while good in itself is not the main issue...".
- With respect to Objectivism, Capitalism is not a primary, let alone an irreducible primary. The two irreducible primaries are Metaphysics and Epistemology. Ethics is drivied from those two fields of endeavor. Politics is a derivative of Ethics. Objectivist Metaphysics is Nurturalism. the Epistemology is Reason and the Politics is called..... Well that's just it. There was never given a name to it. The closest thing we have is Libertarian but Rand and others rejected that. Now, Capitalism is a specific area of politics. that area is Political Economics. Not being a primary of any kind it is not a central issue.
That does not mean I shrink from the debate. I use the knowledge that I have to support what capitalism exists and prevent the loss of what there is of it. I am just not a frontline advocate of this system. If the battle comes my way I will join in and probably do better than 80% of the proponents, who are usually Christina Conservatives and whose Metaphysics and Epistemology clash with Captialism, but I'm not the "go-to guy" for that fight.
- Economics is just a branch of psychology since it relates behavior to other things.
- Laissez-Faire Capitalism without the other aspects of Randims; Reason, Naturalistic Objectism and Objectivist Politics, would be a disaster.
- I regard capitalism as an automatic consequence of Randian Philosophy.