The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
Now see here. That's only funny because it's true.
"...individualists with whom they enter mutually-beneficial economic agreements."
Is there some other definition of "friend"?
Picking on the poor Randians, are you, Kevin? ROFL!
Yes, Lyle, there is some other definition. Quite a few, in fact. You should get out more. ;)
Just out of curiosity - like what?
It's snark, sure. The statement is supposed to be sarcastic. But surely you receive some value from a friend, or else there's very little to differentiate that relationship from a normal acquaintance. That the value is economic in nature does not suggest it is monetary, material, or even tangible - only that there's an exchange of values. Agreements need not be contractual.
I'm not being argumentative - I'm genuinely curious as to what other definition you could apply.
I suspect Lyle is the type of person I would like to enter a mutually-benificial economic agreement with.
The quote leads me believe that they have not read Atlas Shrugged. Francisco and Hank were friends because they see value in each other for the person that the other is in life and work.
How else would one value a friend, what you can extort from them? What you give them as an act of worship?
Which type of friendship is real and which is a business relationship again???
...or you could just say... "other people with character."
I would be a lot fonder of Objectivism if there weren't so irritatingly many Objectivists who seem to be into it not so much out of a love for sweet reason, but because they have found a philosophical justification to be an asshole.
Now that's funny right there, I don't care who you are.
My only problem with Objectivists is that when I invoice them for the time I spend listening to their ideas, they never pay up.
| I would be a lot fonder of Objectivism if there weren't so irritatingly many Objectivists who seem
| to be into it not so much out of a love for sweet reason, but because they have found a
| philosophical justification to be an asshole.
ROFL! I've met some of those. :)