Objectivist Party Purges Officer for Christian Beliefs

Via Liberty Lion:

On January 27, 2012, the Governing Board of the Objectivist Party accepted the resignation of Ronald S. Ramo as Treasurer of the Objectivist Party of New York and terminated his membership in the Objectivist Party.

Dallwyn Merck, a member of the Governing Board, commented on these actions as follows:

“Two incidents involving “conspicuous displays of ignorance” led to the Governing Board’s unanimous acceptance of the resignation of Ron Ramo as OPNY Treasurer. The first was his public statement that he could not attend an event of the Objectivist Party of New York because he would be “in church” at the time. The second was a blast text message he sent out to friends reading, “May the peace and love of God that abides in this Christmas season be with you in the New Year and the rest of your life”. Attempts to get assurances such incidences would not occur in the future were unsuccessful.

The Objectivist Party applies no litmus test with respect to who may join the party. Individuals who consider themselves nominally Christian or who have a general belief in God are welcome because the path to Objectivism is a journey and every person must travel it at their own pace. However, when an individual agrees to serve as an officer in one of the affiliates of the Objectivist Party, it sends the wrong message if that person engages in public displays of devotion to supernatural beings and/or belief in superstitions.

As our country rises above faith to embrace science and reason, the Objectivist Party is perfectly situated to lead our nation into a bright new future grounded in enlightened self-interest and purposeful living. Officers in affiliates of the Objectivist Party must reject mysticism and be an inspiration for all who look to the party to be an effective influence on cultural remnants that keep us tied to our past.”

IPR note: The Objectivist Party seeks to promote Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism in the political realm. Dr. Tom Stevens, who writes/publishes the Liberty Lion blog, is the founder and presidential candidate of the Objectivist Party. Stevens is also an officer in various Libertarian Party organizations, the former campaign manager for one candidate seeking the Libertarian presidential nomination (Carl Person) and a close associate of another (Sam Sloan).

40 thoughts on “Objectivist Party Purges Officer for Christian Beliefs

  1. Inspector Clouseau

    If the “Life of Brian” was ever meant to be a political party, this would be it.

  2. Bill Blair

    I wonder what Ayn Rand’s thoughts would’ve been on the Objectivist Party. From what I remember, she was not a fan at all of the LP.

  3. Thomas L. Knapp

    RP@1,

    “I don’t think the Objectivist Party could be more of a parody if they deliberately set out to try.”

    Over time, I’ve come to believe that that’s exactly what the Objectivist Party is.

    Ditto for all other Stevens productions. I think his public persona and activities are some kind of performance art project.

  4. JT

    Blair: “I wonder what Ayn Rand’s thoughts would’ve been on the Objectivist Party.”

    I’m sure she’d hate it. She believed philosophical change in society should happen first.

    I doubt they’d have ever started a party with that name if she were still alive though.

  5. Gene Berkman

    Ayn Rand would disaprove of anyone applying the term “Objectivist” to their organization without getting explicit permission from her – or now from Leonard Peikoff, designated heir to her intellectual property.

    When she was alive, on several occasions she dismissed or criticized the idea of creating an “Objectivist Party.”

    She also on a couple of occasions specifically defended the two-party system.

    In 1968 she refused to endorse James Buckley for Senate in New York, primarily because of her own hostility toward William F Buckley (brother of James). In her editorial, she criticized the Conservative Party for undermining the two-party system, saying that a vote for Jacob Javitz would be a crime against the present, a vote for Buckley would be a crime against the future.

    She also denounced The Libertarian Party in 1972 because she was afraid that Hospers would take votes from Nixon and enable McGovern to win.

    In 1972 Richard Nixon received over 47 million votes, McGovern received over 29 million votes, while Hospers received less than 4000 – so Ayn Rand’s fears were not justified.

  6. Let the T-Rex of Talk Radio Entertain U2day

    Monkey people and farm animals. Sounds like a B porn movie in the making……..

    Now to even more frightening things than someone who attends church and believes in GOD…

    “More Americans work for the government than in manufacturing,
    farming, fishing, forestry, mining and utilities combined …. Today
    in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the
    government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million).
    This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there
    were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a
    paycheck from the government.” –

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704050204576219073867182108.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

  7. JT

    Gene: “In 1968 she refused to endorse James Buckley for Senate in New York, primarily because of her own hostility toward William F Buckley (brother of James).”

    No, primarily because she hated hardcore anti-abortion social conservatives. She preferred a moderate liberal like Moynihan to Buckley.

    Gene: “She also denounced The Libertarian Party in 1972 because she was afraid that Hospers would take votes from Nixon and enable McGovern to win.”

    She said that IF Hospers received enough votes from would-be Nixon supporters to enable McGovern to win that would be a moral crime.

  8. Gene Berkman

    NF @ 9 – yes indeed, Jim Buckley was elected to the Senate in 1970, defeating appointed incumbent Charles Goodell,

    Buckley had previously run in 1968, against Jacob Javitz, the most left-wing Republican in the U.S. Senate. Javitz was supported in 1968 by the Liberal Party as well. Ayn Rand was very opposed to Javitz but in her editorial endorsing Nixon for President in 1968, she specifically refused to endorse Jim Buckley.

  9. Gene Berkman

    JT @ 11 – Ayn Rand did not mention abortion in her 1968 editorial on the Presidential race. She did mention the two-party system. That is why I brought it up in this context.

    There is no evidence that Ayn Rand was favorable to Patrick Moynihan, who was the first neo-conservative elected to office, when he defeated Sen Buckley in 1976.

  10. joe

    so the Objectivist Party is a political party and a religious group? gee, why am I thinking that they’re crazy

  11. RedPhillips

    “Over time, I’ve come to believe that that’s exactly what the Objectivist Party is.

    Ditto for all other Stevens productions. I think his public persona and activities are some kind of performance art project.”

    Tom, is it possible that Stevens is a mole deliberately trying to discredit libertarianism and Objectivism? That would explain the whole beastiality obsession.

  12. Ad Hoc

    Ayn Rand would disaprove of anyone applying the term “Objectivist” to their organization without getting explicit permission from her – or now from Leonard Peikoff, designated heir to her intellectual property.

    A system that is supposed to be based on objective truth claims that the interpretation of objective truth is intellectual property? That sounds awfully subjective to me. Objective facts are supposed to be objective because they are evident to anyone using logic, no?

  13. JT

    Gene: “Ayn Rand did not mention abortion in her 1968 editorial on the Presidential race. She did mention the two-party system. That is why I brought it up in this context.

    There is no evidence that Ayn Rand was favorable to Patrick Moynihan, who was the first neo-conservative elected to office, when he defeated Sen Buckley in 1976.”

    I don’t know what she wrote in a 1968 editorial. I know what she said in a Q&A republished in “Ayn Rand Answers” on this issue.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=-2D6VqMXfFIC&pg=PT65&lpg=PT65&dq=ayn+rand+on+James+Buckley&source=bl&ots=D8YFKawx5p&sig=1S1DtJ0JFNHhS1g1r7AV2EHayvA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=1MApT5ebA6Tg4QTDkvW_Aw&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q&f=false

  14. Jeremy C. Young

    I wonder why we never hear directly from Dallwyn Merck, even though “Dallwyn Merck” is so often quoted in Stevens’ epistles. I further wonder whether Dallwyn Merck actually knows what “Dallwyn Merck” is saying all over the Web, and whether Dallwyn Merck actually agrees with “Dallwyn Merck”‘s statements.

  15. Ctompkins

    Until now, I thought the OP only had two members: Stevens & Link. I’m surprised they had anyone else to purge.

  16. Dr. Tom Stevens

    Re: 6

    I do love performance art. In fact, I view most people’s lives as performance art.

    Two little know facts about me to encourage further speculation.

    First, I was Baird Jones’ attorney (Baird Jones the party giver and performance art curator).

    Second, I was the attorney who represented Baird Jones in his lawsuit to have the New York State law banning midget bowling overturned as being unconstitutional.

    Of course, that was in a past life.

  17. Dr. Tom Stevens

    Re: 20

    Dallwyn Merck’s personal circumstances are not optimal at this time. Yet he still regularly attends Manhattan LP meetings and remains the Secretary of the Queens LP. He serves in many other capacities as well.

    Mr. Merck is consistent in his personal dislike of religious orthodoxy. A quick search online will reveal his announced campaign to encourage people to call out “Stop It Mohammad” whenever they see a dog lick his own balls or his or another dog’s ass hole.

    What he did to the Koran this past September 11th has so far gone unreported.

    I do not share many of Mr. Merck’s beliefs (in fact I am considered to be pro-Muslim by individuals in my circle of friends) but I defend Dallwyn’s right to express his opinion.

  18. ralph swanson

    Reminds me of the black guy who joined the KKK. I believe they made him a local officer as well.

  19. Tom Blanton

    About this midget bowling thing, is this where midgets bowl using bowling balls or is it where big people use midgets as bowling balls? Or, is it some kind of sexual practice involving several big people and one midget?

    I’m assuming that we are talking about midget humans and not midget ponies.

  20. Tom Blanton

    If Dallwyn Merck had any balls, he would have started the “Call Your Dog Jesus” campaign.

    If he had really big balls, he would have started the “Call Your Pig Elohim” campaign.

  21. wolfefan

    #20 – very true. Dr. Stevens seems to have a gift for making his political allies look like jerks or fools, whether intentional or not.

  22. Dr. Tom Stevens

    Re: 28

    The usual practice was to strap a midget to a skateboard and roll him into bowling pins.

    However, Baird Jones usually let the midget steer himself guided by a celebrity into plastic bowling pins. Little Mike Anderson was never harmed even though he had brittle bone disease.

  23. Precede with Caution, via Lake

    VIET NAM AND GULF WAR II WERE NOT ENOUGH!

    Will we allow another U.S. war based on lies? No!

    No War With Iran! No Sanactions on Iran! No Intervention in Iran!

    Visible street protests and other events and outreach will happen in many places, including around the world: in Ireland at Shannon Air Base (forward base for NATO); in London; in Dacca, Bangaldesh; in Calcutta and other cities in India. Will you take action in your city?

    Michael McPhearson, UFPJ National Coordinator

  24. Catholic Trotskyist

    The Catholic Trotskyist Party is proud to stand as the cultural and political opposite of the Objectivist Party, demanding a culture which promotes the God-given combination of collectivism and religious orthodoxy. We welcome Ronald Ramo into the Catholic Trotskyist Party if he so desires. Meanwhile, as another person accused by Red Phillips and others of being a mere performance artist, I suspect that some people have speculated that I am, in fact, a soc-puppet of Tom Stevens. I would like to assure everyone that this is not the case. Please pray for the pope and please pray for Barack Obama, amen.

  25. Here's a radical idea

    The entire thing doesn’t sound very Libertarian. Maybe there is a place now for the cast-offs of the LP. That would be the Objectivists and the Boston Tea Party. Have a great time debating or whatever kind of “bating” you do.

  26. Time for change

    Too funny # 38.
    Send all the whackos to the BTP and the OP or maybe redemption island. LOL

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