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
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