I highly recommend Ayn Rand’s collection of essays, Philosophy: Who Needs It?
I was reminded of her work by this discussion in the Washington Post:
I think both party’s leaders would be wise to do away with platforms altogether.
It’s the logical conclusion of a society that lacks an understanding of the need for philosophy. Political candidates of the same party can be on opposite sides of the same issue and they see nothing odd about it. There are no principles to guide them. They believe whatever they want to believe regardless of it’s validity. People support and even celebrate “diversity of opinion” for views that are obviously false.
Do you think I exaggerate? Remember this quote?
No one has the right to destroy another person’s belief by demanding empirical evidence.
Something needs to change in order for there to be hope for our future. And Obama is not the solution. It’s him and those like him that are the problem.