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SOLO-International Op-Ed—An Open Letter to Glenn Beck

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2010-04-09 04:46

SOLO-International Op-Ed: An Open Letter to Glenn Beck

James S. Valliant
April 8, 2010

Dear Mr. Glenn Beck,

As a fierce defender of the American Founding Fathers and the free market, as well as an atheist, I listened intently to your discussion of "faith" and the founding of America today, April 8, 2010, on the Fox News Channel. Despite my views on religion, I have become a regular viewer because, in my estimation, the history lessons you deliver every night are enormously valuable.

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WSS — by Rosie on Wed, 2010-06-09 06:53
SOLOCONZ? — by William Scott Scherk on Thu, 2010-04-29 16:41
Means and ends — by Richard Goode on Wed, 2010-04-28 00:14

Psychotic Reviews Films

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Sun, 2010-02-07 04:24

Sure, this guy's a psychotic, but he seems to have a better grip on the art of film, dramatic structure and, indeed, basic common sense than the great film-makers of our time.

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This guy's a genius... with — by Sam Pierson on Tue, 2010-02-09 10:48
Sad, Humorless Kiwi... — by James S. Valliant on Sun, 2010-02-07 18:39
The best review ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2010-02-07 10:21

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Gimme That Old Time Religion!

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2010-02-03 05:02

On another discussion thread, Lindsay Perigo cited an important quotation from Ayn Rand:

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Nice video — by Doug Bandler on Sun, 2010-05-02 22:45
Contradictions in the bibe — by Kasper on Sat, 2010-05-01 07:06
Jesus Tomb — by Neil Parille on Sat, 2010-03-20 16:11

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Holiday Reprise - Symposium 1: A Woman for All Seasons

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Mon, 2010-01-18 22:08

Since her death in 1982, Ayn Rand’s ideas have enjoyed nothing short of a Renaissance.

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Statement — by RL0919 on Tue, 2010-04-20 01:50
RL: A comment about NB, and a question — by Ellen Stuttle on Mon, 2010-04-19 23:37
Quotes, letters, and tellings of tales — by RL0919 on Mon, 2010-04-19 16:48

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Simple Exercise

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Sun, 2009-05-10 18:08

This is a paragraph from the ethics section of Wikipedia's article "Objectivism."

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Updated — by Brant Gaede on Wed, 2009-11-25 02:49
Kasper — by Brant Gaede on Fri, 2009-10-09 15:50
Mrs Branden's smear on Perigo — by Kasper on Fri, 2009-10-09 09:34

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Can't Ya Just Feel the Love?

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2008-06-10 01:48

ObjectivistLiving.com, where smearing Ayn Rand is a full-time job, and where Big Opinions don't require a shred of evidence to support them...

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Permission — by Brant Gaede on Fri, 2012-02-10 17:07
Peikoff and Checking Premises? — by gregster on Fri, 2012-02-10 06:41
Gee darren I have to congratulate you on a diff thread — by seymourblogger on Wed, 2012-02-08 21:36

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Mullah Rand? [More PARC!]

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2008-06-03 19:17

More PARC!

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Valliant replied; — by gregster on Tue, 2011-11-15 23:14
That was it — by gregster on Tue, 2011-11-15 02:01
Janet — by gregster on Tue, 2011-11-15 01:57

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Should ATLAS SHRUGGED Be Required Reading?

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2008-04-12 15:05

So asks the The Wall Street Journal.

The real question, of course: does "required" imply the initiation of force? Smiling

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Yet Again?! — by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2008-04-15 17:04
Not needed as compulsory reading... — by Marcus on Tue, 2008-04-15 13:20
Of Course... — by James S. Valliant on Sun, 2008-04-13 14:41

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Rand and Non-Rand, at the Same Time and in the Same Respect

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2008-04-04 02:20

More PARC!

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The Return of Mistress Phyllis? — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2008-05-27 23:21
Scumbags and sissies — by Chris Cathcart on Tue, 2008-05-27 13:22
Prof Campbell — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2008-05-27 04:15

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New Thriller

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2008-03-29 00:12

Here's a link to an article some of you might find of interest. Smiling

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FYI — by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2008-04-16 21:24
You Can't Steal... — by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2008-04-12 15:13
How long before it's out on DVD? — by Jameson on Sat, 2008-04-12 07:34

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Casey's Very Cool Novels

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2008-03-26 23:53

Many SOLOists may not be aware that our friend, Casey, is a writer of extraordinary power.

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Dreams come true — by Casey on Wed, 2008-06-11 11:58
Latest on Superstar Casey — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2008-06-09 23:34
Precisely — by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2008-03-29 03:02

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The Smearing of Ayn Rand

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2008-03-13 19:23

More PARC!

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Links — by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2008-04-15 17:23
Mr. Scherk — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2008-04-03 03:12
Neurotic inferences — by William Scott Scherk on Thu, 2008-04-03 00:12

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Mamet Wanders Right...

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2008-03-12 23:51

The man who gave us Glengarry Glen Ross and The Verdict is no longer "a brain dead liberal," as David Mamet himself writes in

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I think Glengarry Glen Ross — by Elijah on Thu, 2008-06-26 09:22

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ARI is Optimistic

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2008-03-07 20:42
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Works... — by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2008-03-11 22:10
Here is a hope-African story — by Leonid on Sat, 2008-03-08 13:37
I think that the Free Books — by Suma on Sat, 2008-03-08 04:32

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The Marriage

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2008-03-06 18:56

This is one of my favorite poems. I post it now in honor of Mark and Sandi.

The Marriage
by Yvor Winters (1900-1968)

Incarnate for our marriage you appeared,

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Once more... — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2008-03-06 19:17
James — by Mark Hubbard on Thu, 2008-03-06 19:11

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The Exploitation of Ayn Rand: a Comparison of the 1968 Statements of Ayn Rand and Nathaniel Branden Regarding Their Break

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2008-01-26 02:47

The following is an excerpt from The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics. It is the bulk of Chapter 4, The Exploiters and the Exploited, with only a few modifications for publication here at Solo. Unfortunately, this includes the removal of the footnotes. For that, one must still repair to the text of PARC.

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Well... — by James S. Valliant on Mon, 2008-06-30 01:47
Was That "Jumping the Shark" or "Nuking the Fridge"? — by James S. Valliant on Sun, 2008-06-29 23:58
Fire and the rack — by Robert Campbell on Sun, 2008-06-29 22:23

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Lifting the "Paleo" Rock

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Mon, 2008-01-21 18:38

Most have focused on the looney 9/11 Conspiracy stuff, but this article from Reason about Ron Paul's friends and supporters will get your skin crawling.

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Note to self — by personallydisinterested on Sun, 2008-01-27 22:42
Paul has been consistent — by Aaron on Fri, 2008-01-25 18:58
Perhaps the question to put — by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2008-01-25 11:31

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The National Review's Dishonest and Relentless Vendetta

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Mon, 2008-01-07 21:49

The National Review has long feared Ayn Rand more than anyone else.

There is simply no other way to explain decades of consistently lying about Rand and her ideas by that magazine.

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It's anti-intellectualism, a "conservative" trademark — by Chris Cathcart on Sun, 2008-01-13 05:12
Mr. Scherk — by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2008-01-08 18:00
Classification reeks — by William Scott Scherk on Tue, 2008-01-08 17:24

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Oh, Holy Night!

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2007-12-28 17:16

Verily, it was that Most Special Time of Year when commemoration of the humble Nativity of the Prince of Peace, with its gentle echoes of the cooing of the Christ Child, inspires each and every Christ


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The Jacques Barzun Centennial

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Sun, 2007-12-23 19:36

Happy 100th Birthday to the great Jacques Barzun!

The overused cliche, "a national treasure," actually applies to this guy.


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At Last, A Real Conservative

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-12-20 18:58

While Mike Huckabee's progress seems to have slowed a bit, his remarkable surge in the polls has put the Baptist clergyman into almost a statistical dead heat with Rudy.

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Sounds Like Rudy's Out — by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2008-01-30 02:53
Whaa..?! — by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2008-01-09 18:50
Jesus! — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2008-01-09 04:32

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Merry Christmas!!

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-12-20 17:35

The Archbishop of Canterbury has just given Christians the best Christmas present he could have -- that is, s

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Merry Xmas to one and all... — by Robert on Sat, 2007-12-22 02:09
Christmas should be — by Mark Hubbard on Fri, 2007-12-21 04:20
Why ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2007-12-21 03:56

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Occam's Razor

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-12-20 03:22

The value of a timeline.

I don't even see the Mormons, either.

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Valliant in the role of Captain Obvious — by 0 on Sun, 2012-02-19 17:36
speak for yourself James — by Burnsy on Sun, 2012-02-19 06:13
Occam's Razor — by Richard Goode on Sat, 2012-02-18 14:05

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The Case against Hume [Excerpted by Linz from 'Distinctly Unscientific Beliefs' Thread]

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2007-11-28 07:58

With all due respect to Hume, values are not a species of mythological beast, arbitrary, whimsical or some kind of religious invention. They are a fact about life itself.

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More about emotions — by Leonid on Sun, 2008-02-03 20:57
Ugly — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2008-01-31 14:51
Example — by Brendan Hutching on Thu, 2008-01-31 07:48

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A Virtuoso

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-11-15 19:51
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Missed it. — by Prima Donna on Wed, 2007-11-21 02:41
Yes, some Rush talk! — by Pete L on Wed, 2007-11-21 00:28
Him, Too — by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2007-11-17 19:50

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Quote of the Day—Rand on Reagan

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2007-10-19 23:09

"What do I think of President Reagan?

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Scott — by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2007-10-31 01:17
Elijah — by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2007-10-31 01:15
Yes — by Elijah Lineberry on Tue, 2007-10-30 22:24

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We Still Have a Long, Long Way to Go!

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-10-04 18:39

I hate to rain on everybody's "Atlas Month," but for all the new-found "respect" for Ayn Rand from certain writers and publications being noted around here, we still have a very LONG way to go -- and

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Suma- "I discovered Ayn Rand — by Aaron on Mon, 2007-10-08 13:57
Column about, Ayn Rand, In Canada's National Post — by Wayne Simmons on Sun, 2007-10-07 02:21
Consider The Source — by Rufus on Fri, 2007-10-05 13:55

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Atlas Month—Ayn Rand's Impact On Justice Clarence Thomas

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2007-10-03 01:29

This is fascinating!

Thanks to Althouse for the heads up.

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The US Supreme Court needs 8 more... — by Erik on Wed, 2007-10-03 17:42

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Wendy McElroy Celebrates "The Woman - Ayn Rand"

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Mon, 2007-08-27 21:15

Libertarian feminist Wendy McElroy has recently added a new section to her website (look on the left side), as she puts it, "to celebrate 'The Woman -- Ayn Rand.'"

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Yep. — by Casey on Fri, 2007-08-31 22:56
I'll have to... — by Olivia on Fri, 2007-08-31 05:03
Claudia, — by Casey on Fri, 2007-08-31 02:28

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The Times Literary Supplement Reviews Rand's Novels

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2007-07-27 00:03

According to its newsletter:

"IN THIS WEEK'S ISSUE OF THE TLS (The Times Literary Supplement):"

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I read the Fountainhead review today. — by Marcus on Mon, 2007-07-30 22:25
Linz's post has disappeared!!! — by Marcus on Sun, 2007-07-29 19:57
The Luttwak article on — by PhilipC on Sun, 2007-07-29 06:43

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