27. A Capitalist Mindset vs. A Statist Mindset

I approach this posting by listing what I think are essential, crucial, and important life-approaching traits that tend to orient a person either towards a Capitalist Mindset, or orient a person towards a Statist Mindset. The traits of the Capitalist Mindset are listed first, followed by the traits of the Statist Mindset. The traits are numbered so that the lists can be compared to each other.

The TRAITS of the CAPITALIST MINDSET

Note: this is my own list and it is not associated with any professional works.

  1. Reality and facts orientation
  2. Reason, and Reason-guided Emotions orientation
  3. Concepts and Ideas tied to, and conform with, reality (facts) orientation
  4. Individual & Independent thinking/thought orientation
  5. The “I” mentality orientation
  6. Individual Rights & Property Rights orientation
  7. Individual Freedom orientation
  8. Laissez-faire Economic Freedom orientation
  9. Wealth Production orientation
  10. Wealth and Profit Admiration & Protection orientation
  11. Private Property orientation
  12. Pro-Man and Property Rights orientation
  13. Freedom of all people and societies orientation
  14. Private Voluntary Peaceful Cooperation orientation
  15. Individualism orientation
  16. Pursuit of a Strong, High Self-Esteem orientation
  17. Rational Selfishness orientation (ref. Ayn Rand)
  18. Self-reliance orientation
  19. Self-responsibility orientation
  20. Purposeful Action orientation
  21. Sincerity and honesty towards others when mistaken ideas and actions are pointed out orientation
  22. Responsible for one’s personal negative and/or irrational choices, actions, & shortcomings orientation
  23. Sincerity in social relationships orientation
  24. Respecting the Privacy of People’s Lives orientation
  25. Protection of the Individual’s Right to His/Her Own Life orientation
  26. Justice orientation
  27. Motivation by Love orientation (ref. Ayn Rand)
  28. Courage and Focus orientation
  29. Solution orientation
  30. “Eager Intelligence” (ref. Dr. George Reisman) orientation
  31. Long-range Planning orientation
  32. Economic Awareness, personal & overall orientation
  33. Broad, full-context view of Economics orientation
  34. “Full Context” orientation
  35. Confronts facts orientation
  36. Pursuit of Truth orientation
  37. Inspiration orientation
  38. Hope orientation
  39. Independent-Rational Confidence orientation
  40. Pursuing & Achieving Independent/Individualist-oriented Positive Goals and Happiness orientation

— For a brief discussion by Any Rand on being motivated by love as opposed to being motivated by fear, see these in The Ayn Rand Lexicon:

— Also, for a very insightful discussion regarding the relationship between psychology and a capitalist mindset, see Dr. Edith Packer’s essay “The Psychological Requirements of a Free Society.”

The TRAITS of the STATIST MINDSET

Note: this is my own list and it is not associated with any professional works.

  1. “Social” or “Abstracts detached from facts” orientation
  2. Irrational, Mysticism, and Emotion orientation
  3. Concepts and Ideas detached, disconnected, and divorced from reality (facts) orientation
  4. Collective and Group thinking/thought orientation
  5. The “We” mentality orientation
  6. Individual’s Life belongs to the State orientation
  7. Government Collective Enslavement orientation
  8. Government Controlled Economy orientation
  9. Wealth Redistribution by Government orientation
  10. Wealth and Profit Envy & Destruction orientation
  11. Government Controlled Property orientation
  12. Anti-Man and Socialism/Environmentalism orientation
  13. Control over all people and societies orientation
  14. State Forced Involuntary Association orientation
  15. Collectivism and “Social Self-sacrifice” orientation
  16. Self-Abasement orientation
  17. Selflessness orientation (ref. Ayn Rand)
  18. Dependency orientation
  19. Irresponsibility orientation
  20. Arbitrary Action orientation
  21. Attack others, and engage in denial when their irrationalism, and mistaken ideas and actions are exposed orientation
  22. Blaming others for one’s personal negative and/or irrational choices, actions, & shortcomings orientation
  23. Manipulation in social relationships orientation
  24. Disrespecting the Privacy of People’s Lives orientation
  25. Forced Interference and Violation of the Individual’s Right to His/Her Own Life orientation
  26. Appeasement orientation
  27. Motivation by Fear orientation (ref. Ayn Rand)
  28. Cowardice and Panic orientation
  29. Crisis and Fear Mongering orientation
  30. “Passive Stupidity” (ref. Dr. George Reisman) orientation
  31. Short-term Planning orientation
  32. Economic Ignorance, personal & overall orientation
  33. Narrow, limited view of Economics orientation
  34. “Context Dropping” orientation
  35. Avoidance of facts, and avoidance of consequences orientation
  36. Avoidance of Truth orientation
  37. Hopelessness orientation
  38. Despair orientation
  39. Elitist-Righteous Arrogance orientation
  40. Pursuing & Forcing Dependent/Collectivist-oriented Agenda and Avoiding Reality orientation

— For a brief discussion by Any Rand on being motivated by love as opposed to being motivated by fear, see these in The Ayn Rand Lexicon:

— Also, for a very insightful discussion regarding the relationship between psychology and a statist mindset, see Dr. Edith Packer’s essay “The Psychological Requirements of a Free Society.”

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