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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Is the Ayn Rand Institute Changing Its Stripes?

Stem Cell Extremist rightly notes the absurd argument put forth by ARI to justify ESRC. But what really has me puzzled is this:

It is widely known that embryonic stem cell research has the potential to revolutionize medicine and save millions of lives. Yet many Senators, led by President Bush, are frantically working to defeat a measure that would expand federal financing of this research. Why are they (and so many others) opposing embryonic stem cell research--and doing so under the banner of being "pro-life"? ...

In the name of the actual sanctity of human life and the inviolability of rights, embryonic stem cell research must be allowed to proceed unimpeded...

[emphasis added]

These first and last paragraphs and the context of the article indicate that "to proceed unimpeded" is meant to include "with federal funding." What has happened over at ARI that they have forgotten Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal? If I am not mistaken, their advocating federal funding of anything not related to defense, standards, or intellectual property protection, is a precursor for cataclysmic events, as in:

Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.

Mayor: What do you mean, biblical?

Ray: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor... real Wrath-of-God-type stuff. Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies.

Venkman: Rivers and seas boiling!

Egon: 40 years of darkness, earthquakes, volcanos.

Winston: The dead rising from the grave!

Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats, living together... mass hysteria!
Be it noted that the human sacrifices had already started.

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