The Leftist Perversion of ‘Objectivism’

This is an excerpt from the essay ObLeftivism’s Egalitarianism – Objectivism’s Selectivity.

Objectivism is a comprehensive philosophy, which holds both political and moral views. Unlike the case with some left-libertarians, who hold (some) political principles of liberty but are part of the cultural and moral left, certain “Objectivists” have no excuse for this bifurcated behavior.

The principle of political liberty can be upheld from a certain range of moral frameworks, as is demonstrated by history and experience; albeit in an inconsistent manner. Objectivism however demands a consistent view of both moral philosophy and political philosophy, the one underlying the other. If one upholds culturally and morally leftist views, while adhering to certain other principles of John Galt’s philosophy, then one can be properly called a left-Objectivist, or, as Lindsay Perigo aptly baptized these types, Obleftivists.

The most fundamental characteristic of a leftist is his belief in both Equalism and the political corollary of Egalitarianism. Equalism is the belief that there are no biological (pre-moral) differences between individuals and groups that give rise to different abilities or moral outcome. Those differences that do exist are ascribed to either moral fault on the part of some “oppressor” or to undeserved luck. This belief leads equalists to hold Egalitarianism as a political corollary. The link between Equalism and Egalitarianism is well exemplified by Rawls, the modern egalitarian par excellence.

Briefly, since individuals and groups differ in ability through neither fault nor merit (!) of their own, the state may properly enforce equalizing measures through coercion.

The Obleftivists’ Equalism and Egalitarianism shines bright when they labor to use the blank slate theory (tabula rasa) in conjuncture with the free will theory to justify the rejection of all selective standards an immigration policy based on the national self-interest inherently demands.

Since differences in ability or moral outcome are held to have no pre-moral basis, they must exclusively be moral in nature. Since morality is chosen, and since the free(er) system into which they labor to enter is morally superior to that of their origin, each new arrival will be “induced” into choosing to cherish the principles of freedom. To deny this, according to Obleftivists, is to deny free will; likewise to deny that there are inherent pre-moral barriers to achieving a proper free-willed choice is to deny tabula rasa.

A careful observer will see that the argument from free will is here contradicted by the assumption of the phenomenon I labeled as “inducement”. Obleftivists don’t seem to be bothered by this contradiction.

To be fair, instead of openly espousing this “inducement” process, one of the Open Borders Obleftivists takes the route of baseless assertion: “Immigrants are self-selected for their virtues”. Since they are, by assertion, inherently self-selected, the need for them to be “induced” into virtue is disingenously tossed aside.


Read the full essay here: ObLeftivism’s Egalitarianism – Objectivism’s Selectivity.