|Barbara's motives are beyond reproach, & I will not stand idly by & see them questioned by someone so squalid. |
It's true that Regi occasionally sees fit to point out that he is not an Objectivist; it's also most emphatically true that this is the case! It's additionally true, however, that most of the time, Regi not only pretends to be an Objectivist but pretends to be Objectivism's avenging angel, protecting Objectivism's honour against such "perversions" as SOLO. In the process of doing so, he has ejaculated such smegma as this:
'Let me go on record, "repress, repress, repress," is exactly what virtue, character, and morality is, and repress, repress, repress is the means to human happiness. If anyone disagrees, please give me an example of anything anyone has ever done that is self-destructive or wrong they did not desire to do. Then give me an example of anyone who has overcome a desire to do what is self-destructive or wrong without suppressing (which only means refusing to submit to) it. Better yet, give me an example of anyone who is a worse individual because they repressed a desire to do something self-destructive or wrong. Or best of all, give me an example of someone who refused to repress a desire to do something self-destructive or wrong who was a better person for it.'
Now, I confess I have merely skimmed Regi's multiple diatribes against SOLO, & I may have missed the point at which, in these diatribes, Regi 'fessed up to not actually being an Objectivist himself. But if he did so, & I missed it, I *still* say he should put it up in lights, in that darkness, much more prominently, every step along the way through his sick, miserable monologues: "This is not Objectivism and I am not an Objectivist."
Regi's is a classic example of the *inversion* of Objectivism I mentioned in my Thanksgiving article ... someone who believes we live in order to be moral (*his* warped idea of morality, to boot), not the other way round. He is a classic case of someone who thinks a desire is something to be repressed, something automatically "self-destructive & wrong," just *because* it is a desire. He has long since forgotten, if he ever knew, the truth of Ayn Rand's words: "The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer & die, but to enjoy yourself & live." He pretends that to say such a thing is to endorse hedonism.
So it's good that he owns up to *not* being an Objectivist. He should do it more often & more conspicuously, just in case someone other than his two phriends, the phascist & the phakir, get taken in by his protestations of defending Objectivism from usurpers.
Ordinarily I wouldn't dignify such dishonesty with any kind of response, but decency & gallantry require that I defend Barbara's honour against someone who has none.
(Edited by Lindsay Perigo on 11/26, 11:40pm)