: Who said:
: This whole edifice of civilization is in its foundations and in all its stones nothing else than the result of the creative capacity, the achievement, the intelligence, the industry, of individuals: in its greatest triumphs it represents the great crowning achievement of individual God-favored geniuses, in its average accomplishment the achievement of men of average capacity, and in its sum doubtless the result of the use of human labor-force in order to turn to account the creations of genius and of talent.
: Was it Ayn Rand (the ideological mentor of Leonard Peikoff)---or was it Hitler?
Is the intention here to associate Rand with Hitler, or the above passage with Nazi-ism?
In either case it fails.
If Hitler was evil (and by all standards I know of he was) then must than mean that every thing he did or said was evil too? That if he had uttered 2+2=4 then to utter it henceforth would make one a Nazi?
Therefore if he is quoted as saying anything similar to what Stalin, Lenin, Rand, Lark, Alice in Wonderland or any other individual may have said - does that automatically indicate the latter person *must* be a Nazi too?
Ofcourse not. Such associations are without meaning. Fun to make, I'm sure - but without meaning or impact.