Our image of mysterious bricks gets a second life in Israel

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The Ayn Rand Center Israel contacted me after our publication of Mysterious stacks of bricks at riot sites picture, asking if I could change the names of the bricks to corrupt philosophical concepts, ideologies, and personality traits. I altered the image; they made a donation to the People's Cube, and published it to illustrate their own coverage of the rioting.

The article is in Hebrew, but the browser gives an option of an automatic translation into English:



But first I asked Boaz Arad, Director of the Ayn Rand Center, to send me a list of concepts arranged in the order of magnitude, and he proposed this hierarchy:

Corrupt Epistemology

  • Irrationalism
  • Mysticism
  • Collectivism
  • Altruism
  • Subjectivism
  • Amoralism
  • Moral Relativism
  • Determinism

Corrupt Mental State

  • Evasion
  • Whims
  • Force
  • Appeasement
  • Cynicism

Corrupt Political Implication

  • Multiculturalism
  • Mixed Economy
  • Egalitarianism

Corrupt Political Systems

  • Marxism
  • Socialism
  • Communism
  • Anarchism
  • Statism

I did the best I could to follow that hierarchy, but the sizes and positioning of the bricks required that I take some liberties in ordering it.

Then I suggested that the signs on the building be changed as well, to match this new philosophical metaphor. Boaz Arad responded with "Reason, Purpose, Self-Esteem" and "Human Flourishing & Prosperity."

I made this second image, which hasn't been published yet, but it still is a nice motivating meme.


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Well, that sums it all op nicely indeed... There's no better metaphore for these anti-civilizational riots.

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Oy vey!
What if it enrages the PACK (al-Pally al-Activists for al-Conquest of al-Kuds)?

Because there is COMMUNISM, and COLLECTIVISM, and MARXISM on the bricks - but no(!) ISLAM, no(!) KAABA, no(!) ALLAHUAKBAR !!!

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The first thing that comes to mind is that this is analogous to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs pyramid. This being tyrannical political ideologies and their foundations.