Here’s a game for you. I am going to post quotes from three people I used to look up to, and you decide if the quotes are evil, stupid or insane. Then post your own!
“This is not just the case of a terrible crime. It is not the crime alone that has raised the fury of public hatred. It is the case of a daring challenge to society. It is the fact that a crime has been committed by one man, alone; that this man knew it was against all laws of humanity and intended that way; that he does not want to recognize it as a crime and that he feels superior to all. It is the amazing picture of a man with no regard whatever for all that society holds sacred, and with a consciousness all his own. A man who really stands alone, in action and in soul.”
Ayn Rand, in her journals, about William Hickman, who kidnapped a little girl, demanded ransom money, and then cut her apart and strew her body parts all over Los Angeles.
“Another type of pinching or sexual harassment is that between a secretary and her boss. Although to many people, and especially to many people in the women’s liberation movement, there is no real difference between this pinching and the pinching that occurs on the street, the fact is that the pinching that takes place between a secretary and her boss, while objectionable to many women, is not a coercive action. It is not a coercive action like the pinching that takes place in the public sphere because it is part of a package deal: the secretary agrees to all aspects of the job when she agrees to accept the job and especially when she agrees to keep the job.”
Walter Block, The Libertarian Forum, September 1975
“They-the advocates of alternative, non-family-centered lifestyles such as, for instance, individual hedonism, parasitism, nature-environment worship, homosexuality, or communism-will have to be physically removed from society, too, if one is to maintain a libertarian order.”
Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Democracy: The God that Failed
I’m tagging David Gendron (for his own French version of “Méchant, Stupide ou Fou à Lier?”), Roderick Long and Konstantine Thoukydidis to post their own quotes from people they used to admire. After all, a little humility never hurt anyone. :)
(My answers? insane, evil, evil. Sadly, none of these people are dumb enough to not realize what they were writing)