|Ok..to shift off the the use of force for a moment |
(And Ed, I think the story follows that Spitzer was nailed, in part, due to bank transactions that raised suspiciousness. The software programs in use probably alerted a complinace guy in the bank who then escaleted a trouble ticket. The impetues here, sugests improprietry, which gets passed on to investigation. Somebody in the bank probably traced the source to Spitzer's account. Yea...its none of the banks business so long as laws were not broken, but systems were set up after 9/11!)
Excerpted: Atlas Shagged
So, too, objectivists fail to align themselves with Stoics like Marcus Aurelius -- who espoused self-mastery, defined as the harnessing of appetites by reason. Objectivists thus unmoor themselves from two-plus millennia of answers to uniquely human problems: e.g., how to get over on a Saturday night without feeling bad about it on Sunday morning.
For help in these questions we must turn to sources other than official objectivism. In this connection I’d note that my friend Neil Peart, who is familiar with objectivism and accepts much of it, has written an interesting album’s worth of lyrics on the mastery of appetites (Rush, “Hold Your Fire,” 1987). Neil considers how we must constrain, by thought, “those primal kinds of inner things” which would otherwise drive us to behave badly. The strength of these drives, the difficulty of braking them, brings up my final point.
If we desire by nature to do many things, we do not desire to do all these things in equal degree. Indeed, a keen observer will find it difficult not to conclude that by nature we want to have sex more than we want to be wise. Thus the proverb “Love is blind"; and thus too Nietzsche’s maxim: “Love is the state of mind in which man most decidedly views things as they are not.”
Objectivists will perhaps distinguish themselves from lower types of men by their heroism in sexual matters: by their honesty: by their nobility: by their rational animality: by their refusal to jump in bed with someone, as Jerome Tuccille once put it, “just because they like the shape of that person’s buttocks.” But why can't they just admit that such situations raise issues, or pose problems, precisely because all men by nature desire to fuck?