Objectivist Attacks Property Rights
By David Henderson
Sometimes it seems as if the world has turned upside down. Check out this debate between Pamela Geller, an Objectivist who likes the work of Ayn Rand [her blog is www.atlasshrugs.com] and Ibrahim Ramey of the Muslim American Society.
Ms. Geller claims (at about the 1:50 point) that the building that some Muslims want to tear down to build a mosque “should be given landmark status.” In other words, the owners, according to her, should not have their property rights recognized.
Then Mr. Ramey says (at about the 2:40 point) that “we reject the notion of collective guilt.”
So the Objectivist attacks property rights and the Muslim defends individualism. Oy! I realize that these aren’t quite equivalent. In the case of Ms. Geller, she really does contradict the principles that Ayn Rand advocated; in the case of Mr. Ramey, his objection to collective guilt goes against what may just be a mistaken stereotype that many Americans hold about Muslims.
HT to Justin Raimundo and Steve Chapman.