Nowadays I buy books as often, maybe more often, than I go to the library. I think it's fair to say I'm acquainted with both systems. Who isn't?
Your primary issue seems to be that you want to de-legitimate public and electoral expressions of human will in favor of individual, uncoordinated expressions. Objectivism, without wanting to, favors the creation of feudal centers of power, free to control thought and issue endless taxation. Power corrupts, objectivism knows no limits. There is no magic structure of power and rights that can by its shape prevent the powerful corrupt combination of acquisitive individuals and government power. Government must be organized to limit this power. Taxation is a part of that. Education is another. To argue against public libraries as you do is to argue against public schools.
Not that the government is innocent and pure. But between the powerful individuals and the State, and the conflicts between the individuals and the State, the rest of us manage to get by. It is simple enough to observe that the relatively statist areas of the world, Scandanavia, Germany, France, even Britain, with a mixture of forces, does quite well for its people. You should visit. Start with Iceland.
Blockbuster could not have been created had not the nation first pulled itself up by its bootstraps with public libraries, public schools, compulsory education, tax-supported higher education, and all the rest. Many people need to pull themselves up yet.
Objectivism is a silly cult that will fall into a hole in history, because it is not plugged into the factual political economy of modern society. Industry needs tax-supported schools to provide productive workers. Masses need jobs that produce enough wealth to allow them to consume wealth. So the masses pay taxes to educate themselves and to educate those who cannot afford to pay school bills. All in the interest of prosperity and the self-preservation of western civilization against the array of hostile entities history provides.
Objectivism is founded on a vision of clean hard-working capitalists coming to the fore by dint of hard work and superior talent. What we have instead is Bill Gates and Rupert Murdoch as our industrial Titans. And, at the other end, the leaders of Enron and Adelphia and Global Crossing and MCI and Arthur Anderson pursuing "Ethical Self Interest". Western civilization, at least in the US, depends on crusading prosecutors like Elliot Spitzer. Materialist philosophy without spiritual values results in individuals who simply cannot be trusted to perform the tasks needed by society. Would Martha Stewart be in the pickle she's in if she were more in tune with her spiritual legacy and less with visions of Self Interest?
The changing face of history and technology changes, in turn, needs of society. At one point, land grants were sensible and essential. At another point, the confiscation of private property in the form of slaves was required. At one time, socialized highway construction swept the nation, enabling great growth. Today we ponder socialized internet wiring. Crossing the digital divide as well as the literacy divide does not impoverish us, it is a matter of survival. Three separate cultures within industrial civilization are currently sending tax-supported probes to Mars. How does Objectivism respond to that challenge, or the worldwide problems of SARS or AIDS or Malaria?
Human beings are social creatures. At about age one, we sacrifice the safety of being able to breathe and swallow at the same time, reshaping our throats to enable us to speak. Individuals do not survive, civilizations may. The genepool is not in an individual, it is in the species. This is a matter of straight biology.
Objectivism was invented when the foremost threat to civilization was the cult of the individual in states run by terror and infused with collectivist ideologies. A forgivable over-reaction, but totally out of step with todays realities and tomorrows challenges.
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