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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

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People do not choose the family they are born into or the unattractiveness of wage slavery; those in power in wealth have, through apathy and inaction, brought the situation about, they do not understand people and how change them, "human whisper" them into prosperity. But it the powerful and rich need to change too, their aim is greed, but they need to care for the needs of a healthy society; the powerful the rich, they have resources to ensure the health of society. Their inaction is the action of passivity and apathy, this cause disease. Now, they need cure it, not destroy.

(Dec 24 '11 at 11:27) Adeikov Adeikov's gravatar image

All of the evils we see in this world are able to exist only because good men have given these evils their sanction. Evil must feed off the good, and can only do so with the good's tacit consent.

(Dec 25 '11 at 11:30) Justice Justice's gravatar image

Ayn Rand does not believe that evil is powerless, per se.

"In any compromise between food and poison," Ayn Rand writes, "it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." The reason for this is not that evil is more powerful than good. On the contrary, the reason is that evil is powerless and, therefore, can exist only as a parasite on the good.

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

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