October 8, 2007 12:33PM

Creepy Conservatives

Andrew Ferguson at the Weekly Standard provides a pretty accurate portrait of Alan Greenspan, but he seems to have a problem with libertarians.

Ferguson labels Ayn Rand’s philosophy “creepy” for “placing the self at the center of the moral universe.” Where would such a crazy idea come from?

Well, we do know that all men are “…endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men…”

Ah hah. It was the Creator that put individual lives at the center of the moral universe. That’s why he endowed us with unalienable rights. And because pursuing one’s own life and happiness is moral, Americans build their government around the idea.