Objectivists with children eventually want to discuss with them the right of an individual to his own mind, body and property -- regardless of "majority vote." Such parents can use this book to their advantage. The author's acid wit burns to the end when he serves to the antagonists large helpings of their "just deserts." The book centers ... (See the whole review)
This book demonstrates concretely "the sanction of the victim." Excellent choice, Luke. I agree this is a great book to read to children. Too bad Seuss also produced some philosophically horrible work (I would name titles if my memory were better).
Landon Erp wrote: "... hardcore anti-capitalist environmentalism of the Lorax."
How about Aesop's "Ant and the Grasshopper." There was the Ant, listening to operatic tenors, drinking wine, eating food, fucking like a crazed weasel, and all of a sudden winter happened. Now in the pro-life affirming new enlightenment age of wine, wo/men, and song, winter is nothing more than the time of year for autum beer, meat with gravy, and playing in the snow, and then coming in to get naked and drink hot toddies in front of the fire.
The thing with the Lorax and environmentalism is that John Maynard Keynes was right: in the long run he was dead. If you plan to live longer than the day after tomorrow, you might not want to cut down every tree in sight today. Like war consumption is not profitable. In fact, consumption was the name of a disease and even today, if you start out a consumer, you end up consumed.
Michael, I think you were probably right on the Lorax. But I think you got the grasshopper and the ant in reverse. The grasshopper was the total hedonist and the ant was working like crazy to prepare for the winter... then when the winter got here was enjoying his food, and the warmth of the fire while the grasshopper needed help and would've died without it.
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