Why I include “altruists” with “progressive/statists.”


My readers sometimes question why I include the term “altruists” with “progressive/ statists.” I usually say that I do not object to individuals being altruistic, but that “it is no way to run a government.”

As it turns out “altruism” is more insidious than that when it “takes the reigns of power in government.” I recently became aware of the following quote from Justice Louis Brandeis.

Louis Dembitz Brandeis was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court from 1916 to 1939. He attended Harvard Law School, graduating at the age of twenty with the highest grade average in the law school’s history. He is regraded by many as one of the Court’s most influential justices. Brandeis was regarded as a staunch supporter of the liberal policy of “the right to privacy.” So, if he had concerns about “altruists,” then citizens on both sides of the political spectrum should share his concerns.

Justice Brandeis explained in Olmstead v United States (1928): “Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.

Amen to that, Brother Brandeis!

Roy Filly

 

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2 Responses to Why I include “altruists” with “progressive/statists.”

  1. Bill Grisham says:

    One of these days I hope you realize you are actually a Libertarian and join the Ron Paul Revolution to go that way. Hitlery is abominable and I believe Trump will end up being a giant disappointment once in office. Justice Brandeis is an excellent jurist and it is a pity we have not recognized his wisdom on a more public level the wisdom he put forth. You should also look into Lysander Spooner for more great insight.

  2. Roxanne A. says:

    You’re right on altruism being a stealth destroyer of individualism and liberty. When people advocate it, others think they mean something benign like someone donating money they can afford to live without to a “worthy” cause. But by altruism’s standards, it’s not a true sacrifice until you’re giving up what you love for a worthless cause or person you don’t even know. This is what altruism demands. Americans are to lower their standard of living, go without necessities and luxuries, so the rest of the world can have more. You’ve never met “the rest of the world” and they don’t mean anything to you, while your loved ones do? That is irrelevant to altruism’s proponents. To paraphrase Ayn Rand, if you hear someone demanding sacrifices, run for your life.

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