Everyday the concept of selfishness is slandered, vilified, and blamed for almost every despicable thing someone does. Thieves, rapists, and murderers are branded as being selfish, and the concept of selfishness is tainted due to guilt by falsely assumed association. Selfishness has absolutely nothing to do with any of those crimes. Selfishness is the rational pursuit of one's self-interest. Theft, rape, and murder do nothing to favor one's self-interest. Each act is universally recognized as a crime, and any person who commits such a crime must live the rest of his life in fear of retribution. Condemning yourself to fear and punishment is not an act of selfishness.
Selfishness is what makes self-preservation desirable, and therefore viable. Life has no inherent meaning to one who is not selfish. Selfishness represents meaning and life, whereas altruism (the much vaunted alternative to selfishness) can only represent inherent meaninglessness and therefore death. The pervasive influence of altruism and the smear campaign against selfishness that has been carried out by its practicioners has resulted in a world of people who believe that their life is only meaningful to the extent that they sacrifice it to others.
Altruists accuse any unabashedly selfish man of sociopathy. Valuing one's life has nothing to do with sociopathy. Valuing one's life is not a mental disorder. Valuing one's life is not a crime. This false accusation is only more despicable for the fact that it keeps the blithering masses too distracted to ever question the one making the accusations. It is the sociopaths who preach altruism, and the sheep who bleat in agreement. It is the sociopaths who manipulate the masses into believing that their lives are inherently meaningless, and that they can only justify their existence by sacrificing themselves to some "higher" purpose, undoubtedly one that the manipulator benefits from.
The consensus that altruism is good represents a near unanimous moral degeneracy, and the fact that anyone who speaks against this is heckled and ridiculed into submission demonstrates a disgusting anti-intellectualism that is only made more disgusting by the fact that those hecklers are hailed by each others as progressive thinkers. They are not progressive, and they do not think. They are anathema to progressiveness. They represent the status quo, the consensus, and yet their utter divorce from reason allows them to believe the opposite.
Everyday I see sheep who allow themselves to be brainwashed by CNN and MSNBC and then have the audacity to ridicule someone for watching FOX, as if their own sources of propaganda are any better. They're all corporations working together with the government to control you. The duumvirate of "progressive" propaganda spent months hailing Obama's first 100 days by comparing it to FDR's, as if that is something to emulate. FDR undermined the constitution and the concepts of checks and balances and individual rights, and yet everyone acts like he was a hero. All the grade school textbooks (paid for by the government) say he was a hero so the masses think that surely it must be true. These same masses who advocate state-controlled education and mandatory funding of it by tax-payers.
The state has a monopoly on education and it uses that to brainwash the masses into believing whatever it wants them to believe, and people act like that's a good thing. The anti-intellectualism and moral degeneracy is so deep and widespread that the masses want to be brainwashed and indoctrinated into the cult of altruism, and they want the same forced on everyone else as well. They fear and hate anyone who is capable of and willing to dissent against their dogmatic and authoritarian assertions. And yet they condemn anyone who is against this state monopoly on education as being anti-education. Their hypocrisy is astounding.
The state monpoly on education has resulted in generations of hopeless citizens who believe authoritarian monsters like Caesar, Napoleon, and FDR are heroes while advocates of human rights like Ayn Rand or Ron Paul are nutcases on the fringe, as if being on the fringe in an anti-intellectual morally degenerate society is a bad thing. And yet we're all forced to fund these schools of altruist indoctrination whether we intend to attend them or not. And then the blithering masses heckle and ridicule anyone who suggests this is a bad thing, that perhaps we should not be forced by law into funding a government-controlled monopoly on education.
The fact that anyone who wants to attend a private school free of the government's pro-collectivism pro-altruism agenda has to pay their own tuition in addition to taxes for the schools they aren't even attending is an outrage. Only the richest or those who are strong-minded enough to recognize the sham the government calls education for what it is have any hope of rising above the squalor that constitutes society. And yet sheep-herders like Obama, Reid, and Pelosi want to do away with even that by redistributing wealth around as they see fit, because they realize that anyone wealthy enough to not be dependent on their corrupt government is a threat to their corrupt government.
Democracy has been a complete failure, and yet according to consensus it has been a stunning success. Well of course the consensus would say that, as if the consensus inherently has any credibility, because democracy represents the rule of consensus. Democracy has been failing for two and a half thousand years, and yet the consensus says it is good, and the masses assume the consensus is correct because they are the consensus. The Athenians lost the Peloponessian War because of the voters were all idiotically given an equal voice in the manner of how the war should be carried out, and conniving politicians turned matters of the state into a circus, and yet you'll never learn about that in the public schools because it contradicts their anti-intellectual anti-individualism agenda.
The government doesn't want individuals to exist, because individuals think for themselves, individuals are immune to government propaganda, and individuals won't vote for who/what the government tells them to. But it is the fact individualism is such a rarity and so easily extinguished by the state that democracy can never be anything but a failure. But you never hear about the failure of democracy in corrupt political machines like FOX, MSNBC, or CNN, or in government media organizations like NPR or BBC. They all act like mob rule is some beautiful thing, while ignoring the fact that every democratic regime America sets up ends up being an utter failure.
The fact that the government forces the entire country to fund their media propganda machines (NPR, BBC, etc) and that people act like that is a good thing is a complete disgrace. When was the last time NPR took a stand aganst the blatant human rights violations being commited by the US government? They have no journalistic integrity, and yet for the sake of altruism we must all fund it, because supposedely we must all surrender our wealth to the government to do with as it sees fit, because supposedely that is the equivalent of supporting some higher purpose that transcends the individual.
Nothing transcends the individual. The idea that there is some greater purpose for individuals to sacrifice themselves to, and the fact that we are all forced into doing that is an outrage. Every atrocity in the history of humanity has been the result of the idea that the individual is an animal to be sacrificed. The idea that they should be happy to sacrifice themselves for the sake of altruism, because altruism forced on others inevitably means one sacrificing himself for whatever cause some malicious villain wants to promote.
Selfishness is good, and the vilification of it by promoters of altruism has resulted in the anti-intellectual morally degenerate society we live in today.