One way to answer someone who says something like…
“Not one supporter of the objectivist philosophy ever has shown the least inclination to actually put Rand’s “philosophy” into practice, and this tells us pretty much all we need to know about how realistic her thought is.”
My response below. And at the bottom I explain MY selfish reasons for wasting minutes of my life engaging such people for whom the state would execute if it had, and decided to enforce, a zero-tolerance policy against the incompetent class.
You fail to realize that someone who puts Rand’s philosophy into practice would not likely be within your view… taking advantage of YOUR “roads.” They may be living in a cabin in the woods… they may be working late nights in a lab somewhere trying to cure cancer… they may be building the very roads you talk about… or they may be in a Turkish hotel tickling virgins… but they certainly aren’t driving on main street with an “I Heart Rand” bumper sticker on the back of their green mini van, and for goodness sakes, they CERTAINLY are not hanging around with people like you.
You make generalizations without utilizing logic to connect various points, and even my society-loving high school lit teacher knew enough to advise me against this practice. It’s just an ignorant thing to do… and it is case in point why many (though clearly too few) people find themselves fearful and frustrated by the ignorance of people like you, and the masses at large.
There is one thing we might agree with. I think the idea of having objectivist associations, groups, and societies is silly. A mature objectivist has seen the failings of “others” far too often to allow anyone else to carry their torch, but everyone gets weak at one time or another… and in times of weakness… human beings tend to join groups to remind themselves that they are not alone.
A glaring difference between a “true” objectivist who produces for themselves… and a self-proclaimed altruist who “produces for others,” is that one of these individuals is “brash” when they answer the question… why (why do I live, why do I live my life the way I do)… and the other is either dishonest or lacking of self knowledge.
When I write this post, I write it for myself. I know I will not convince you of anything, and that your response will include the kind of silly points you’re fond of making. I write this post because when I encounter people such as yourself, I walk away more energized than before, motivated to continue creating the innovations that silly saps like you will take for granted 100 years from now.