Ayn Rand, Altruism, and Jihad

In fathoming the failure of Europeans to protect their own interests against the onslaught of Islamic jihadism, one is reminded of Ayn Rand's quotation that "[r]eason is not automatic.  Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it.  Do not count on them[.]"  Bruce Bawer, an astute observer of the European scene, wonders how "Marine Le Pen lost in a landslide" given all the jihadist assaults against the French people and the very culture of France.  Bawer offers three possibilities that include: European guilt about past imperial histories and a "need to atone." the postmodern belief that "no culture is better than any other – and it's racist to say otherwise." the influence of the mainstream media, which routinely "soft pedals the Islamic roots of terror" the fact that "some people don't want to learn the truth" In the Autumn 2004 issue of the Wilson Quarterly,...(Read Full Article)

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