A Celebration of Christmas and Capitalism - A-equals-A.com
 
_ Twenty years ago today, on the morning of December 25, 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as president of the USSR, declaring the office extinct. The Soviet flag was lowered for the last time over the Kremlin marking the end of a 70 year nightmare. Famine and fear were all too common for those lucky enough not to be part of the tens of millions murdered in the name of a collectivist utopia.

It is sickening to think that this criminal experiment was adopted and implemented on such a vast scale. The USSR is one of the darkest blemishes on the canvas of human history. Its collapse should be celebrated, and we should take this time be reminded of just what evils are possible when we allow individual human beings to be sacrificed for government, or society, or "the greater good".

Contrast the death and destruction of the USSR to the lively prosperity of of the USA. The extent to which societies flourish in material and moral terms is directly proportional to the degree to which free-market capitalism is adopted.

Christmas in America is celebration of capitalism. As noted by Leonard Peikoff, "Christmas in America is an exuberant display of human ingenuity, capitalist productivity, and the enjoyment of life."

Andrew Bernstein adds that, "Santa Claus is also a symbol of good will, and thus is the appropriate holiday symbol of America, a country that, because of its material prosperity, can inspire good will in all of its citizens."

Santa Claus is an advocate for justice. He gives only to the good children that have earned it.

Finally, it should be noted that Christmas is a time that can be celebrated by all:  "The secular meaning of the Christmas holiday is wider than the tenets of any particular religion: it is good will toward men—a frame of mind which is not the exclusive property (though it is supposed to be part, but is a largely unobserved part) of the Christian religion. The charming aspect of Christmas is the fact that it expresses good will in a cheerful, happy, benevolent, non-sacrificial way. One says: “Merry Christmas”—not “Weep and Repent.” And the good will is expressed in a material, earthly form—by giving presents to one’s friends, or by sending them cards in token of remembrance . . . .

The best aspect of Christmas is the aspect usually decried by the mystics: the fact that Christmas has been commercialized. The gift-buying . . . stimulates an enormous outpouring of ingenuity in the creation of products devoted to a single purpose: to give men pleasure. And the street decorations put up by department stores and other institutions—the Christmas trees, the winking lights, the glittering colors—provide the city with a spectacular display, which only “commercial greed” could afford to give us. One would have to be terribly depressed to resist the wonderful gaiety of that spectacle." - Ayn Rand,  The Objectivist Calendar, Dec. 1976

_Merry Christmas!

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12/26/2011 10:03:53 pm

It should be unsurprising that probably the three most observed holidays in the United States have largely secular overtones - the Independence Day when we celebrate our liberty, Thanksgiving when we celebrate our wealth and our gratefulness for with a massive feast, and Christmas when we celebrate our wealth and the value of our friends and loved ones.

A once abhorrent holiday which was marked by mindless drunkenness and debauchery in pagan times and the celebrated abuse of Jews during the Middle Ages was "Americanized," as it were, into a holiday of recognition of selfish values - love, friendship, wealth.

That's certainly worth celebrating.

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6/7/2016 10:00:44 pm

I think you shouldn't even try to write such awful words about the country you have never been to. Your opinion is very subjective and exaggerated.

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