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Reasons to be cheerful

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Sat, 2012-04-07 23:25

Well, rather than look to the religious world for reasons for optimism, let us consider the ingenuity, courage and tenacity of our fellow bipeds as a cause for celebration:

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Upbeat — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2012-04-10 14:35
Last night I watched an excellent programme... — by Marcus on Tue, 2012-04-10 11:05

Time to celebrate innovators

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Thu, 2012-04-05 10:15

I came across this cool (literally) idea over at the technology, futurist and current affairs site Wired. It is a welcome reminder of how amazingly fecund our business world is.

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Belated good luck with the — by Newberry on Sat, 2012-04-07 14:57

The meaning of "natural" in natural rights

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Tue, 2012-04-03 18:59

Legal activist, scholar and Rand fan Timothy Sandefur has an interesting response here (http://sandefur.typepad.com/fr...) to an article by

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God-given is NOT natural — by 0 on Sun, 2012-04-29 11:21
Listen — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2012-04-29 08:30
Michael: re-Intrinsicism — by 0 on Fri, 2012-04-20 19:48

The latest high-rise building in my town of London

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Fri, 2012-03-30 18:43

I think Howard Roark would have approved: Check out this website:

http://the-shard.com/

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If I win the top prize... — by Marcus on Sun, 2012-04-01 06:51
Cool. — by Newberry on Sun, 2012-04-01 01:10
I guess in the eye of the — by Mark Hubbard on Sat, 2012-03-31 21:47

A great comment by an anonymous internet user about Rand and Darwin

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Thu, 2012-03-29 15:43

Boy, I love the internet. In thinking about a recent posting I put up here debunking some false charges against Rand about her views on human nature and so on, I found this comment.

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Big Clanger — by gregster on Sun, 2012-04-22 02:02
Xray, re Darren and thermodynamics — by Ellen Stuttle on Thu, 2012-04-19 03:23
tom do you really want to play the game — by seymourblogger on Mon, 2012-04-16 21:30

Do you want to be in my gang?

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Tue, 2012-03-27 12:49

On BBC Television this morning, I noticed, as I was getting ready to go to work, there was a short item on about the problem with many young teenagers - some very young indeed - getting caught up in the world of violent gangs.

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Tom — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2012-03-31 20:38
Alas that is true, Lindsay. — by Tom Burroughes on Sat, 2012-03-31 17:25
Problem is, Tom .... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2012-03-30 22:39

Some more reaction to my religion comments

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Mon, 2012-03-26 09:09

Updated to add some new content, links:

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Great article — by Tom Burroughes on Tue, 2012-04-17 07:53
Talking of books on art... — by Marcus on Tue, 2012-03-27 16:23
Lindsay, I asked because it — by Tom Burroughes on Tue, 2012-03-27 14:09

More thoughts about Stephen Parrish's critique of how Objectivists approach religion

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Fri, 2012-03-16 10:29

I have more thoughts on how Stephen Parrish, a US-based academic who holds religious views, has criticised Objectivism and its treatment of religion.

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The Primacy of Existence . . . — by Neil Parille on Sun, 2012-03-18 14:40
Primacy of Existence — by 0 on Sun, 2012-03-18 11:38
Tom — by Neil Parille on Sun, 2012-03-18 10:09

More thoughts on intellectual property rights

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Thu, 2012-03-15 17:33

I recently wrote a book review for Amazon about a book, Justifying Intellectual Property, by Robert Merges.


Polite, if badly flawed review of Tara Smith's Viable Values

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Tue, 2012-03-06 17:36

I often encounter the argument, from critics of ethical egoism, that it can not provide a water-tight code of ethics because, for example, it might be in the interests of people, including rational, life-seeking people, to try and "cheat" and do things like rob and defraud others.

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Not sure I like the offhand — by Tom Burroughes on Thu, 2012-03-15 16:49
Neil, what is not good about — by Tom Burroughes on Thu, 2012-03-15 16:39
Tom — by Neil Parille on Thu, 2012-03-15 11:26

Life as the root and reward of virtue

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Fri, 2011-06-17 15:58

It is sometimes notable to come across people who attack Rand's naturalistic ethics, questioning the idea that life, and flourishing qua Man, is the root and reward of morality.

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Tom — by 0 on Mon, 2011-06-20 19:24
The Religious Bargain -- and Scam — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2011-06-20 17:24
Not sure — by Tom Burroughes on Mon, 2011-06-20 07:33

Excellent lecture from Tara Smith at the Adam Smith Institute

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Wed, 2011-06-01 15:18

Just a quick note from me to say how much I, along with many others, such as Ken Irvine - who is a SOLO Passion member - enjoyed a recent talk in London by Professor Tara Smith, on the issue of happin

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Is this lecture available on — by 0 on Sun, 2011-06-05 10:42

Why don't opponents of statutory intellectual property get angry about registered trademarks?

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Sun, 2011-05-15 17:27

As regulars here will know, Ayn Rand's defence of patents and copyrights has come under attack, even from those fairly sympathetic to the main features of her philosophy, such as Timothy Sandefur.

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Intellectual rights are rights — by 0 on Wed, 2012-04-25 11:58
why my book is covered by copyrgiht — by kinsella on Sat, 2012-04-21 02:12
Great line — by Tom Burroughes on Wed, 2011-06-01 15:10

What a late golfing maestro can teach us about passion for life

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Thu, 2011-05-12 12:16

One of the many things that attracted me to the writings of Rand - and I guess I am speaking for many others here - is that is right and proper for a person to go after their goals with passion.


An astonishing, apparently racist review of the Atlas Shrugged film

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Wed, 2011-04-20 15:01

This review of Atlas Shrugged at the blog of the Libertarian Alliance (UK) is a total jaw-dropper. Ponder the headline.

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Excellent piece of Fisking, — by Tom Burroughes on Thu, 2011-05-12 12:00
Factionalism - Schwartz was wrong — by Kenny on Sat, 2011-04-23 10:58
Not white supremacist, anti-semitic faction — by Kenny on Sat, 2011-04-23 10:43

A snide essay on Rand gets a serious take-down

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Fri, 2010-07-09 12:56

Over at the Objective Standard website, a recent essay on Rand, written by the UK physician and writer, Anthony Daniels, is subjected to a comprehensive demolition job. Read it all.

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Maggie and Ayn — by mfgreaves on Sun, 2010-07-18 16:04
Not the same — by Rick Pasotto on Sat, 2010-07-17 14:55
So sad ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2010-07-17 09:47

A book that is definitely worth reading amid the furore over Obamacare

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Thu, 2010-03-25 16:51

I am sure several SOLO folks have read this book or heard of it, but if not, then I strongly recommend "Noble Vision", a book written about the struggles of a doctor in a mad, statist world.

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Read it last year — by F L Light on Thu, 2010-03-25 23:33

A book I won't be wasting my money on and some other reflections

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Thu, 2010-03-18 15:30

I guess it is inevitable - even a sign that the author is taken seriously - that a lot of people continue to throw rocks at Ayn Rand. A book I came across recently is "Ayn Rand Contra Human Nature", published by Greg Nyquist. You can read some of the Amazon reviews of this tome here (http://www.amazon.com/Ayn-Rand...)

Mr Nyquist's blog also continues an almost daily diet of invective against Objectivism, Objectivists, and classical liberalism generally. Indeed the tone of the book is almost guaranteed to rile even the gentlest soul. It reminds me of a certain kind of smart-arse student I used to encounter at my college.

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That is interesting. Of — by Tom Burroughes on Fri, 2010-03-19 17:21
Nyquist re "climate change" — by Ellen Stuttle on Fri, 2010-03-19 13:10
Greg, I decided to take a bit — by Tom Burroughes on Fri, 2010-03-19 12:49

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References to Rand on Mad Men

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Wed, 2009-08-26 14:25

I have become quite addicted to the US television hit series, Mad Men.


On Torture

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Thu, 2009-04-23 13:56

I am afraid that I part company with a lot of those who - like me - profoundly distrust Mr Obama, over the issue of torture and his decision to release certain memos.

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Jeffrey, I've read your post — by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2009-04-24 20:31
Mindy — by jeffrey smith on Fri, 2009-04-24 04:13
Michael — by jeffrey smith on Fri, 2009-04-24 04:05

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A burst of financial sanity in the heart of London's Whitehall district

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Wed, 2009-03-18 12:46

Last night, along with a few other Objectivists and sympathisers with this philosophy, I attended the annual Chris R. Tame memorial lecture, hosted by the Libertarian Alliance (UK).

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Glad to hear the talk was a — by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2009-03-20 12:50
Thanks Tom — by gregster on Thu, 2009-03-19 09:19

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Ayn Rand Institute talk in London

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Wed, 2009-02-11 08:42

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Kenny — by mvardoulis on Fri, 2009-02-13 03:57
ARI focuses on outreach and engagment — by Kenny on Thu, 2009-02-12 20:42

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The constant threats against so-called tax havens

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Tue, 2009-02-03 17:53

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Interesting — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2009-02-05 06:17

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