During the first hour today, we’ll hear our interview with Hayley Mary, lead singer of Australian “intensindie” band, The Jezabels. We spoke with Hayley a couple days ago and we think you’ll agree, the interview was more than we could have expected or hoped for!
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La Supremacia Moral del Individuo
The Moral Superiority of the Individual
by José Luis Tapia Rocha ..
[I’ll translate a few paragraphs for you.]
The individual is above the state. The state is his servant and the governors are at the service of the people. The rights of life, liberty and private property put the individual in a position morally superior to the state. In contrast to statism, which destroys without limit, the individual creates and builds wealth in spite of it all.
While under the yoke of the state for centuries, be they monarchies, dictatorships or democracies, individuals have been known to overcome adversity with their talent and entrepreneurial creativity. It is as the Russian philosopher Ayn Rand says: these creators are heroes of capitalism. Although statism has tried to take away your freedom, it has not triumphed in the moral realm.
In a free market, benevolence is the opposite of altruism. Benevolence means helping your neighbor to the extent possible. Altruism calls for sacrifice, not love. Benevolence is the consequence of the development of the virtue of love, by means of which comes kindness toward the other. This has always been the custom.
Finally, justice. You cannot be just in a coercive environment. We cannot give to each what he deserves if there is no free choice, only in a voluntary environment can justice exist. Therefore, statism cannot be morally superior to the market because it uses control. Its relations with the individual are not on an equal footing, statism imposes its will by force of law.
The moral authority of the individual is recognized by the [classical] liberals. They place the individual above the state. The free market allows the individual to develop the virtues and the creative capacity of wealth.