| First, I want to apologize to Chris Sciabarra for bringing all this muck up in his name. I am deeply influenced by his work, and his passion, and knowing the amount of vitriol hurled at him in the past for that work, felt obliged to defend him against what I considered an over-the-top dehumanization. But my defense of him, and anyone else wrongly lumped in with with claims of "Saddamism", still stands. He has done so much, and is one of the few reasons why I hold out hope for proof that Objectivism is not the authoritarian apocalyptic religious cult that it is portrayed to be, which is pretty ironic, since he is not an Objectivist.|
I am not aware of the full context of the relationship between Chris and Linz. I was not also aware that there were levels of 'Saddamism" in Lindsey Perigo's viewpoint. But I have seen his other viewpoints, and I fail to find the subtlety in his opinions. I did see Linz call Chris a "saddamite," however, on several occasions. So when I see the term Saddamite equated with "maggot," I may have reified a bit. But then again, when the weapon of choice is a sledgehammer... I was defending a human being, as well as anyone else who may be lumped in unfairly. I was attacking not opinions or policy but lack of civility. These are not terrorists we're calling maggots, they are friends and family.
When Rand talked about not associating with those of fundamental opposing viewpoints, I originally took it to heart, and broke off many friendships and relationships. (I was a 'teenage' Randian.) This is not unique to Objectivism, Jesus is said to ask his followers to leave behind family and friends, and Cassius Clay left his wife when he became Mohammed Ali and she wouldn't. When Barbara wrote in her bio that Rand didn't understand Barbara's appreciation of a colleague or professor of hers, I thought that Rand was right to do so. Years later, after meeting many people of different persuasion, many of whom I do not agree with,(but still found much value in) I understand what Barbara meant. So I can understand that you, Lindsey, really can appreciate Chris while disagreeing with his foreign policy beliefs. And I applaud you for at least trying to break down another "false dichotomy" of friend and opponent. But at some point, I think every friendship with roots in opposition will be tried to its breaking point, and like North and South, blue and grey, brother will be pitted against brother. The trickster will see to that.
I do think that Rand has a legitimate point, say, if a Christian falls in love with an atheist, yet believes that said atheist is going to hell. Not a healthy relationship. You call someone a Saddamite continually, and why should that person feel anything but suspicious and distrustful of your motives? And why should anyone observing this feel anything otherwise? You claim that this is a "sense of life" objectivist site, devoted to what might and could be (or should that be "ought to be, according to Mr. Perigo?). And I have seen and heard some great art, music, debate, and passion for life. But I have also seen such expression shot down by your snide comments and sadistic manner of disapproval. It seems you can't even express your approval of your own passions without throwing out some vitriol towards things you don't like when you know that those who do like those things are reading. Which is a shame, because you do have a lot of good to say, yet you insist on turning your passions into a platform to express your hate. Which makes me wonder about your true sense of life.
Malcolm X wrote that his mentor taught him, in his activism, that you can yell at people for drinking from a dirty glass, or live by example and drink from a clean glass. Malcolm understood, yet claimed it was too much against his nature to do the latter. Saint Patrick, instead of initiating a crusade to rid Ireland of paganism, took a different approach and offered Christianity to Ireland, to great effect. Lindsey, I appeal to the best within you. You have a lot to offer, I've read your work on Lanza, and feel much more inclined to listen when you are celebrating life instead of attacking people. You have a passion for life that is inspiring, don't let it go.
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