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From: A California Reader
In your review of Death Of The West, you mentioned how Reason's Brian Doherty was baffled by Buchanan's alleged "obsessions with nationality and ethnicity," and you added, "But they aren't in the Ayn Rand playbook, you see." I don't doubt for a moment that the Objectivist establishment simply will not touch this issue. However, I cannot help but recall this quote from John Galt's speech in Atlas Shrugged (1957, hardcover, p. 1055)....
You have reached the blind alley of the treason you committed when you agreed that you had no right to exist. Once, you believed it was "only a compromise": you conceded it was evil to live for yourself, but moral to live for the sake of your children. Then you conceded that it was selfish to live for your children, but moral to live for your community. Then you conceded that it was selfish to live for your community, but moral to live for your country. Now, you are letting this greatest of countries be devoured by any scum from any corner of the earth, while you concede that it is selfish to live for your country and that your moral duty is to live for the globe.
The word "Now" was emphasized in the original, but today one cannot help but emphasize the rest.
March 04, 2002