Monday, May 01, 2006

Whattaker Chambers' Warning

Thanks to the eminently literate Wigderson, we find the following passage in a Whittaker Chambers review of Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand):

Here occurs a little rub whose effects are just as observable in a free-enterprise system, which is in practice materialist (whatever else it claims or supposes itself to be), as they would be under an atheist socialism, if one were ever to deliver that material abundance that all promise. The rub is that the pursuit of happiness, as an end in itself, tends automatically, and widely, to be replaced by the pursuit of pleasure, with a consequent general softening of the fibers of will, intelligence, spirit.

In other words, it ain't "too much TV" or "not enough of the 3 R's", folks.

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