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A Letter To Gail Wynand

August 1, 2010

It’s no use, blogger. You’re attacking a school of soul leeches, Peter Keatings and Ellsworth Tooheys. You’ll never win. Not in a hundred years. I suggest you write posts explaining the philosophical foundations of objectivism and then ram them down their throats. So that these bigots from UP will know what it is before they tell you they’re from UP and you’re not and you don’t have the right to criticize them. It’s obvious some of them actually never read the post. I’m from UP and I know there are lots of second-handers who borrow an undeserved prestige and conceit from the name of the school. Well? Fuck them.

Dear Gail Wynand,

I think my friend is right, that I will always remain in the Dominique mood. I should have moderated this site in the first place. Ellsworth Toohey—the man of the hour, the man who consecrated his life to the poor, the weak, the less privileged—is winning. His philosophy of self-sacrifice, of self-immolation is spreading like wildfire. It’s now taking roots in our society, invading schools, and blighting the minds of the youth. Yet those who defend the virtue of social immolation do not clearly understand the very consequences of their actions. They are morally guilty. I know, Ellsie wants to see more Peter Keatings at UP and other public schools. He wants more Keating clones.

“I want to rule,” he said. “Like my spiritual predecessors. But I’m luckier than they were. I inherited the fruit of their efforts and I shall be the one who’ll see the great dream made real. I see it all around me today. I recognise it. I don’t like it. I didn’t expect to like it. Enjoyment is not my destiny. I shall find such satisfaction as my capacity permits. I shall rule.”

Ellsie knows it—he exactly knows what he’s doing. Perhaps we won’t win. Not in a hundred years, as you said. There will be more Tooheys and Keatings in the future. Our school of soul leeches, to borrow your term, is producing more of their clones. Are you afraid of the future, Gail? You should. The Gail Wynands in our society of lemmings are supporting their own destroyers. You are supporting your own destroyer, Gail. But Ellsie’s morality of altruism seems to be more appealing to our social planners who shaped our society in their own image. We now witness the full result of their morality. Why are some people complaining when they fully supported it and were part of it through their silence and inaction? We all wanted it that’s why we’re now faced with our collective dead-end.

In the distant past, there was this man named Socrates who was condemned to death for heresy and corrupting the minds of the youth of Athens. Most people don’t know that the very idea that murdered this great thinker is “democracy” as we know it today. This is the kind of democracy, of social system that Ellsie and his social friends would like to see fully established. This is the ‘social lever’, which they could use to achieve their altruistic goal.

This is Ellsworth’s message to the Peter Keatings of our time: “If you learn how to rule one single man’s soul, you can get the rest of mankind. It’s the soul, Peter, the soul. Not whips or swords or fire or guns. That’s why the Caesars, the Attilas, the Napoleons were fools and did not last. We will. The soul, Peter, is that which can’t be ruled. It must be broken. Drive a wedge in, get your fingers on it – and the man is yours. You won’t need a whip – he’ll bring it to you and ask to be whipped. Set him in reverse – and his own mechanism will do your work for you. Use him against himself. Want to know how it’s done? See if I ever lied to you. See if you haven’t heard all this for years, but didn’t want to hear, and the fault is yours, not mine.”

Yes, perhaps we won’t win. But at least we tried. We are not guilty for our inaction. Perhaps I still play Dominique’s role. I think I should and make a fool of ‘them’. I believe that’s what they want. I should just praise their second-handedness. They are from UP. I’m nothing… I’m from an average school. Who am I to attack a herd of intelligent ones? Who am I to write this blog when I didn’t even take the UPCAT? Let’s just be great in the eyes of others. Let’s just pander to other people’s baser instincts. Let’s praise other people’s weaknesses. Let’s just proclaim our admiration for mediocrity and foolishness. We should condemn independence. Let’s set up standards of achievement open to all, to the least, to the most incompetent. Is this not the essence of democracy, Gail? Is this not what most Gail Wynands of our time support? Is this not what most of our elites and social geniuses promote?

Yes, let’s just destroy the individual. Toohey once said: “Kill by laughter. Laughter is an instrument of human joy. Learn to use it as a weapon of destruction. Turn it into a sneer. It’s simple. Tell them to laugh at everything. Tell them that a sense of humour is an unlimited virtue. Don’t let anything remain sacred in a man’s soul – and his soul won’t be sacred to him. Kill reverence and you’ve killed the hero in man. One doesn’t reverence with a giggle. He’ll obey and he’ll set no limits to obedience – anything goes – nothing is too serious.” Don’t you see it, Gail? This method is now being applied to me and to anybody who would attempt to pillory their code of morality.

So let’s all kill the hero in man. Let’s enshrine the virtue of mediocrity. That’s what most people want. That’s what the media usually portray. Let’s not give a single space or opportunity to any selfish individual whose only purpose in life is his pursuit of happiness. We are a society. We’re all in it. No man is an island. It is our duty as a society to serve the welfare of others. Let’s compromise, because this is the essence of democracy. This is the very essence of “pakikisama” or “pakikipagkapwa tao”, which we learned since grade school.

Oh, yes… Let’s turn this country into a society of second-handers. There is no objective reality, after all. Concepts and ideas were discovered for the betterment of our society, not for the benefit of the individual. Concepts and ideas are subjective. They are detached from reality. We mean what we would want to mean. Objectivity in language is a thing of the past. Since language is a social construct, let’s just take it to its proper role: language exists for the benefit of our society, for the greater good. Let’s also subsidize language!

Let any individual who speaks ill of our society be condemned. Let any individual who attempts to attack the common good and the greater good be ostracized. Since we are a society, we should take care of the poor, the less privileged, the weak, and those unable to send their children to school. We must all sacrifice for the sake of the greater good. Let’s call for social sacrifice!

But… I’m selfish, Gail. Are you? I am an individual. It seems that the word “I” is gradually vanishing from our society. Do you see it, Gail? Yes, no doubt Ellsworth is winning. I can see the determination in his eyes… in his soul. Are you now on strike? Would you keep on supporting your own destroyers? Perhaps you’re right… It’s no use. Well, who is John Galt?

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Lufthansa permalink
    August 1, 2010 3:38

    What? so you think you’re smarter? Why don’t we just establish a fascist government that would’ve dumped everyone (especially the educated) in concentration camps and be burned by the hundreds? You don’t like them? You kill them. Kill the vermins. The problem is man lives on just the other side of the world, and it is near impossible that he would be able to see the whole of it. That’s why he thinks he’s the one that’s right – a totally biased creature. Wars exist because man is always in conflict of ideas on how to gain happiness. What I see in these “blogs” is a large chunk of “misunderstanding”. Always misunderstood. Fuck philosophy. Makes simple things in life go complicated.

    • August 1, 2010 3:38

      “What? so you think you’re smarter?”

      — Of course, you’re smarter because you’re from UP. Is it not? I am not from UP. That means I’m not smart. That’s what you’re trying to establish. Am I right? That’s the usual contention of people like you. I’m not a second-hander like you. You’re smarter. I’ll give you that.

      “Why don’t we just establish a fascist government that would’ve dumped everyone (especially the educated) in concentration camps and be burned by the hundreds? You don’t like them?”

      — Fascism? Isn’t that you’re trying to establish?

      https://fvdb.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/the-insane-logic-of-stupid-socialists/

      https://fvdb.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/the-sick-mind-of-the-leftists/

      • bitch slap! permalink
        August 1, 2010 3:38

        ADMIN: THIS PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATED HIPPIE IS BANNED. You can argue properly without dropping your manners. Are you even EDUCATED?

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        The commenter’s email: bernardo.cielo@gmail.com

        Bernardo Cielo

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        Commenter of that link said: ribosomelysosome
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        WELL, THAT EXPLAINS IT…

      • bitch slap! permalink
        August 1, 2010 3:38

        ADMIN: THIS PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATED HIPPIE IS BANNED. You can argue properly without dropping your manners. Are you even EDUCATED?

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    • Lufthansa permalink
      August 2, 2010 3:38

      You could’ve answered straight that “Yes, even though I’m not from U.P., but I think I can see things much better. That’s why I wrote this blog to show them they’re really out of their minds.” So I didn’t like that sarcastic reply but hey, it’s your personality isn’t it? Sorry if I went too way out in my comment about fascism, I just don’t like thinking too much about politics so I suggested an extreme point of view. Well, I am aware of our freedom to express our thoughts but I think you could’ve attacked the issue a little more milder. It really sounded like a hate blog, even suggesting to abolish U.P. The problem with you is that you generalized us too much as you immediately stereotyped that “all U.P. students act that way”. The problem with us is that the general U.P. community has failed to contradict these propagandas of the few. I see you are a fanatic of capitalism. You’ll get to duel much against U.P.’s Marxists.

      • August 2, 2010 3:38

        Just read Gail Wynand’s letter to me. You might find it interesting https://fvdb.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/a-letter-from-gail-wynand/

  2. August 1, 2010 3:38

    just out of curiosity, if UP and ALL (other) SUCs would be privatized, and since PMA or the Philippine Military Academy is also a state college, can a warlord create and own one? can mercenary schools replace it instead? I imagine legitimate militia schools would be established especially for autonomous regions that would be either be cooperative or private as well. If UP becomes private, lets say i become one of the stockholder of its privatized corporation from its current GOCC status, and the UP Vanguard is expanded into a full blown militia school to add up to that spice called Diliman Republic or Commune, would that hasten the disintegration of the State?

    • August 1, 2010 3:38

      Nichor,

      I’m very busy as of this moment, but since you raised a very interesting issue, I’ll try my best to respond to your question. By the way, I’d like to let you and the readers know that blogging is just my personal form of “activism”, which means that I blog and reply to comments whenever I have free time.

      You asked: “can a warlord create and own one? can mercenary schools replace it instead?”

      This question involves three elements: moral, political/legal, and economic. Remember that our Constitution (I agree with the Constitution as to its valid and usually American provisions) guarantees individual right to due process. We also have this legal concept of “innocent until proven guilty.” These principles are important in the maintenance of a just and free society. The answer then to your question is: Yes, a warlord or any person, group or sector has the right to create and own a school. The right to establish a school is within the ambit of the concept of rights, which means a right of action, most specifically a right to action. The very right involved here is a person’s- or a warlord’s, based on your example- right to property. That is, property rights preclude anyone, including the government from barring this warlord from setting up his own school. So the answer is, let him put up his own school. But you may ask: but what if this warlord turns his school into a terror school? The answer is we have legal processes to follow in order to bring this warlord to justice and to shut down his school by complying with the established rules of evidence, of procedure, of due process, etc. This is the reason why the state must uphold the integrity of its law courts, police, and military in order to protect individual rights. If it’s proved that this warlord is engaged in acts of terror, of treason, of rebellion and is using his school to carry out and perpetrate his illegal acts, then he must be brought to justice and that the state, through its most appropriate agent, order the closure of the school for being a threat to the lives and security of citizens.

      The same principle applies to your “legitimate militia schools.”

      Here’s now the economic issue. You should not forget that education is a commodity, which means it “may be” a necessity that is subject of the law of supply and demand. Anyone in a free society can put up his own school, but he must solely bear the risks involved in putting up a business or making investment. Remember that that school needs students in order to survive. A sufficient number of students is needed in order for it to acquire the necessary facilities, pay for the salary of its employees, and embark on improvement, which means that private education requires huge amount of investment if the purpose is to survive competition. The question is: a militia or warlord school that offers what courses and what quality of education? The market determines whether that school survives or dies.

      “If UP becomes private, lets say i become one of the stockholder of its privatized corporation from its current GOCC status, and the UP Vanguard is expanded into a full blown militia school to add up to that spice called Diliman Republic or Commune, would that hasten the disintegration of the State?”

      That is not the proper question because it undercuts economic factors. But let me tell you that the stockholders of such a school have the right to convert it into a “full-blown militia school” as you said. But remember that that’s not the only school existing in the education sector (and I’m speaking of a post-privatization scenario here where all schools are private). Competition will determine whether inept school or schools with sinister political agenda would survive. If a school is being used as a front of communist indoctrination and is the fundamental element of the rebellious acts of the school’s stakeholder, then the state, by virtue of its role as the protector of individual rights, has the duty to bring the involved individuals to justice and then shut the school down.

      And here’s the moral issue. Why is there a need to close down schools with sinister political agenda (e.g. agenda to topple or overthrow a duly existing government)? Because a state must not and ought not support or prolong the existence of an enemy. Thus, the state must protect its citizens against slavery (communist slavery) or an impending civil war.

      Note: I have no time to edit it.

      • August 1, 2010 3:38

        @froivinber , thanks for the reply, take your time

        it’s an open question btw to anybody who wants to try to expound on the implications and ramifications of abolishing the PMA because it’s a state funded college or academy as well, and on its replacement and/or privatization.

      • August 1, 2010 3:38

        “it’s an open question btw to anybody who wants to try to expound on the implications and ramifications of abolishing the PMA because it’s a state funded college or academy as well, and on its replacement and/or privatization.”

        I believe that military schools should be private, including the PMA for that matter. In regard to this issue, the fact that any individual or any group has a right to establish an educational institution doesn’t mean that such an individual or a group can simply establish his/its own school without initial government check or monitoring. Let me clarify that state check or monitoring is not a form of intervention, it’s simply part of the state-protector principle considering the weight and nature of the issue involved. In the US, there are more private military schools than state-funded military schools (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_military_schools_and_academies). However, the standards used in private military schools (PMS) should not be the same as the standards used in regular schools. There should be a higher degree of standards when it comes to PMS. There are important reasons why there is a need to encourage the proliferation of PMS and some of them are the following: innovation, research, improved instruction, linkages, too expensive for government, among others. You might ask: what if the school owners turned their PMS into a terror school? I’ve discussed the principles in my reply to your first question. There’s a need to understand that the state holds a monopoly on the use of force, which means that no private entity could ever usurp state power. This is not anarchy, I’m only speaking of the need to bring the state to its proper role: the protection of individual rights.

  3. August 1, 2010 3:38

    here’s the formal open question_

    MILITARY : Commodity or Public Good?

    • August 1, 2010 3:38

      Military education is a commodity in the sense that it is subject to the law of supply and demand. Let those who want to enter the military study and for sure, there would be scholarship grants coming from private sources for those who cannot afford it. Military is the sole function of the government.

      Lest I be misunderstood, the military is the role of the government. I don’t advocate for anarcho-capitalism, which is a floating abstraction. Only the state has the power to control and direct the military simply because of the fact that the state holds a monopoly on force. Military power should not be delegated to the private sector. That would be a very dangerous idea, or most specifically, such an idea would be a contradiction of the concept of rights and the role of government.

      • August 2, 2010 3:38

        @froivinber wrote ” Only the state has the power to control and direct the military simply because of the fact that the state holds a monopoly on force. Military power should not be delegated to the private sector. That would be a very dangerous idea, or most specifically, such an idea would be a contradiction of the concept of rights and the role of government”

        the more dangerous idea might actually be that State govt has the monopoly of military power or force.

        here’s a text of the 2nd ammendment of the US consti
        “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
        Militia being of private citizens, not conscripted but voluntary, and has rights to bear arms

        its a safeguard for this, a text from the US Declaration of Independence
        “… But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

        so either military/militia is a commodity or a public good or both, it’s a necessity.

      • August 2, 2010 3:38

        The idea that the state has a monopoly on the use of force means the state has the power of retaliation since its role is to protect individual rights. This means that this “state force” cannot be delegated to any private sector or individual. This is a kind of positive force, which can be used by the government or the state to protect individual rights and the security of the nation against internal threats or invasion.

        I didn’t say that citizens don’t have the right to bear firearms. I’m in favor of this idea- that every individual has the right to bear firearms, but bear in mind that no one may initiate the use of force. The non-initiation of force principle means that no one may start the use of physical force against others. We should have the right to bear firearms. This is a right to action. This will also deter the government from abusing its powers.

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