Is disagree with Rand. I don't think evil is powerless. People are abusing our welfare system which can collapse our entire way of living. That, to me, is evil, and it's gaining power every time a mother has another child to collect a bigger check from the government. Her children are at a higher risk of becoming just like her. The number of people who abuse the welfare system is growing, so the power of evil is, too.
asked Dec 24 '11 at 10:21
Ayn Rand does not believe that evil is powerless, per se.
Edmund Burke captured this well in his observation: "In order for evil to flourish, all that is required is for good men to do nothing."
In your example regarding welfare, it does well to remember that a government derives its power from the consent of the governed. In this context, is this to be viewed as evil manifesting its power, or as the good having abdicated its responsibility for keeping evil in check?
answered Dec 24 '11 at 15:39