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Can someone properly consider themselves Objectivist if they are a lobbyist? Or is this career choice improper for a true Objectivist?

asked Jun 25 '11 at 05:07

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This question is too "broad brush." An Objectivist evaluation of lobbying depends on what one is lobbying for or against, who one is lobbying for or against, and what principles the "who" stands for. Objectivism would not condemn all lobbying simply because it is lobbying, i.e., trying to get legislators to support or oppose certain measures. Nor does Objectivism condemn an activity merely because one is being paid to do it (on the implicit premise that money is corrupting). Objectivism also does not endorse any kind of "double standard" that says an activity is bad if done by "true Objectivists," but not bad if done by those to wish to be regarded as non-Objectivists.

The issue of being paid to lobby elected representatives on behalf of a benefactor is very similar, in princple, to accepting a government job. Objectivism does not condemn all government jobs merely because they are paid for by the government and are not proper functions of government. It depends on specifically what the job is. Ayn Rand explains this further in her article, "The Question of Scholarships," republished in The Voice of Reason, Chapter 7, subsections 4 and 5.

answered Jun 26 '11 at 09:46

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