Need is Not a Value

It’s one of Ayn Rand’s best lines and perhaps the closest way possible to sum up her Rational Objectivist philosophy in one short statement. To say “need is not a value” is to nip altruist-collectivist ethics and all its damnable spawn in the bud. The underlying idea within this statement is that the ends do not justify the means. It is also all the moral protection an individual needs against a panhandler (although against a mugger one could also use a physical weapon, “need is not a value” is still the only moral defense required). I am fond of this line, although many people would regard it as heartless, so it is interesting that in reading the news today it seems that the animal rights advocates could now be usurping this very idea.

It seems that many deer hunters are now donating some or all of their kill to programs that would feed the homeless with venison. Hunters are typically thought of as right wing NRA gun nuts and feeding the poor is something that is normally championed by the left so this case would seem something like win/win, would it not? But it seems that some people on the ideological left are not swayed the collectivist-altruistic actions of these hunters. This from the article:

“If hunters are donating the spoils, [feeding the hungry] is really a secondary issue” says Michael Markarian, executive vice president of the Humane Society.

Wait, what?? The ends no longer justify the means? Suddenly there are intrinsic truths that must be adhered to in order to judge the ethical value of an action? There are some lines you simply cannot cross in order to accommodate the poor? Can this line of reasoning be used in defense of property rights? Oh PLEASE open this can of worms!

3 Responses to “Need is Not a Value”

  1. Phelps says:

    Hell, it has always been that way with deer hunters. The guy who’s on the rocks financially with the kid at home gets some extra venison from every hunter he knows.

  2. mexi says:

    Really? With us we were always waiting on someone to go and shoot some government cheese.

  3. Can I borrow $20. I really need it

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