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I was away for a couple days. In the interim, a discussion below has been "stricken," presumably due to the action of a moderator. It is certain that the other party participating was clearly lacking in moderation, but there are some interesting points to be taken from the discussion I think.

One is especially relevant to the Ayn Rand aspect of this thread. Rand seemed to make a good many derisive comments against "collectivists." As the thread below brings out, however, the question is not really one of collectivism. Rand is also a collectivist, as are most anarchists. (And I don't know that any deny it.) The question is not collectivism -vs- non-collectivism. The question is simply the nature of the collectivism advocated. Anarchists prefer voluntary collectivism, and statists prefer a system of collective enslavement.

I am aware that many here attempt to draw a distinction based on degree, so that some level of collectivism is deemed to be no longer collectivism at all, and some level of statism is deemed to be no longer statism at all, so that others can be derided with the terms statist and collectivist. I suppose this is what Rand was trying to do. I think, however, that the principle actually wins out here both practically and philosophically. The general populace just hasn't yet come to that realization.

Thus, you get the recurrent assertion that anarchy is, somehow, not "practical," when in fact attempting to maintain the illusion of an alternative is what is not practical.

Speaking of things one often hears, it occurred to me today that one often hears (especially from neocons; I think it must have been one of their talking points at one time) that various things are necessary or justified because "there is evil in the world." This assertion, with which I totally agree, is used to supposedly justify all manner of evil from nose picking to government.

Of course, the justification is inadequate---well maybe for nose picking. Anyway, I'm not sure of the application, but I thought the following maxim might be of use in both contexts, so I leave you with it.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.