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Convergence

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-07-19 19:56

The Religious Right in America shares something very "fundamental" with contemporary Islamic fundamentalism. The latest symptom?

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edited — by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2007-08-01 05:43
A Second Dark Age? — by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2007-08-01 05:41
Michael — by Erik Christensen on Wed, 2007-08-01 03:27

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So Much For Religious Freedom...

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2007-06-29 19:34

Well, as many of the political pundits are suggesting in the wake of this week's judicial news, Mr. Bush's real "legacy" as President may ultimately be his appointments to the Supreme Court -- since almost nothing else has panned out for the Administration, at least domestically. One must, however, add that W's highly successful efforts to directly fund religious organizations will also be felt for years to come. And, this week, these two "achievements" came together in the most disturbing way yet.

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So Thin It Wasn't There — by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2007-07-20 04:32
> the essence of honesty -- — by PhilipC on Fri, 2007-07-20 04:27
Precisely, Michael — by Casey on Thu, 2007-07-19 22:50

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Two Women, One Dynamo

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2007-06-01 18:21

Professor Stephen Cox has done liberty lovers – and the world – a great service with his biography, 'The Woman and the Dynamo: Isabel Paterson and the Idea of America' (2004, Transaction).

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Neil Wants to Play — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2010-02-11 20:54
Amen -- — by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2010-01-30 07:16
k — by John Donohue on Sat, 2010-01-30 03:28

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Check the Water Supply...

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2007-05-25 07:08

So what the heck did someone put into the water recently? Whatever it is, it apparently goes straight to the most rational parts of the brain.

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P.S. — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-10-04 01:11
The Discontinuity of the Spread of Ideas — by PhilipC on Sat, 2007-05-26 18:58
Miller vs Brook on the War — by Bill Visconti on Sat, 2007-05-26 07:16

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Cal is Cool

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2007-04-13 17:38

I always knew that baseball legend Cal Ripkin was cool, so this report in The Christian Science Monitor just confirms it.

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James — by jtgagnon on Fri, 2007-04-13 23:12
John Elway — by 0 on Fri, 2007-04-13 22:36
Cal is Cool — by 0 on Fri, 2007-04-13 17:42

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The Treatment of Ayn Rand in Brian Doherty’s “Freewheeling” History of Libertarianism

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Mon, 2007-03-26 21:24

We are reminded once again that libertarians are no friends of Ayn Rand.

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Did Linz read my post,? — by Kenny on Mon, 2007-04-30 08:20
Catch up, Kenny! — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2007-04-30 06:59
The Book, ugh — by 0 on Mon, 2007-04-30 06:39

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The Desired Hysteria

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2007-03-14 23:53

A recent Gallup Poll -- if it's being reported correctly -- chillingly illustrates the hysteria over the issue of global warming. According to Tom Elia, posting at The New Editor,

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By contrast ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2007-03-15 08:19
I was going to write this on — by Jason Quintana on Thu, 2007-03-15 03:47
The noose is getting tighter — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2007-03-15 03:30

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Hunter Thompson's "Ayn Rand Phase"

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-02-22 19:14

That a writer at some point in his career was (or claims to have been) "influenced" by Ayn Rand -- is no indicator of intellectual merit -- or even the hope that the writer will not end up totally crackers. For example, the variety of chemicals marinating the brain of Hunter Thompson appears to have left him a paranoid loon.

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Hunter a Hsiekovian? — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2007-02-23 00:13
I always suspected... — by Casey on Thu, 2007-02-22 21:09

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Finally, Elegant – and Accurate

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-02-01 21:07

Allan Gotthelf and Greg Salmieri have authored an elegant summary of Rand's life and work. It can be found at the website of the Ayn Rand Society. Just scroll down to the "Overview."

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James, that's actually Greg — by Fred Weiss on Fri, 2007-02-02 01:05
Summary — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-02-01 22:01

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As Hillary Might Say, “Let’s Start the Conversation…”

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2007-01-31 08:20

For me, and for most of my friends, “supporting” the ideas of either major political party in America is impossible. Both offer some form of deadly poison or another from which we are forced to choose.

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The shot that won't ring around the world! — by Jameson on Wed, 2007-03-21 04:57
More Decency — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2007-03-21 03:58
Rudy vs Hillary looking likely — by Jameson on Tue, 2007-03-20 23:49

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I Guess PARC Hasn't Reached Canada Yet

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2007-01-19 02:35

Wayne Simmons sent me the following link to an article titled "Sex! Power! Politics! Money! If only Ayn Rand's novels were as filmable as her life" by Robert Fulford, which was published in Canada's National Post on Tuesday, January 16, 2007.

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Jim — by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2007-01-19 21:34
To the point — by 0 on Fri, 2007-01-19 21:20
The Difference — by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2007-01-19 21:09

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Bill Buckley Needs A Mirror

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Mon, 2006-10-16 16:53

Drunkenness can excuse only so much. William F. Buckley's obsession with Ayn Rand has once again turned ugly -- as this bizarre new swipe shows.

Of course, the Dear Leader bears a much closer resemblance to Bill himself, as their similar weakness for scotch suggests, but self-awareness has never been Bill's strong suit.

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Elijah — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-09-27 16:48
I — by Elijah Lineberry on Sun, 2007-09-23 08:14
Addendum — by Ted Keer on Fri, 2006-10-20 00:29

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Russian Journalists Critical of Moscow Have Falling Life-Expectancy

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Mon, 2006-10-16 14:50

Russian journalists critical of the government are being brutally murdered, as you can read here and here.

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Absolutely!Just as a matter — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-10-17 04:42
An Important Topic — by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-10-16 15:43

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Peikoff Denounced By Jihadist

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2006-09-12 21:41

Well, at last we can see the truth. It was Leonard Peikoff, and those like him who advocate capitalism and American self-defense, who were responsible for 9/11. How could I have been so dense?

Read all about it in The New York Times

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Huzzah! — by jtgagnon on Wed, 2006-09-13 15:55
John Allison IV — by Luke Setzer on Wed, 2006-09-13 15:13
In the US Dr Peikoff — by Robert on Wed, 2006-09-13 13:02

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Pross Echoes Hsieh

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2006-08-29 23:18

Victor Pross sees the mind-body dichotomy at work in David Kelley's ideas about judgment.

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fair enough — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-09-08 23:41
Landon — by eg on Fri, 2006-09-08 23:13
Brant — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-09-08 22:41

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LOVE LETTERS

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2006-08-16 00:34

Anyone who hasn't yet seen the film, LOVE LETTERS (1945), and who has access to Turner Classic Movies should catch it when it airs on Wednesday, August 16, at 5:00 p.m. EST/8:00 p.m. PST.

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Thanks, James — by Craig Ceely on Thu, 2006-08-17 04:29
Sigh — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2006-08-17 01:50
Brant wrote: >Sad to say, — by l on Wed, 2006-08-16 21:32

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Today's Reprise—No, Really, Some Of His Best Friends Are Jews...

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2006-08-02 05:29

I realize that this has nothing to do with Objectivism, but I thought I’d share my thoughts on Mel Gibson’s recent arrest.

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Just Thought... — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2008-03-06 23:20
Me, too — by Casey on Sat, 2006-12-16 08:14
Another vote for soon. — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2006-12-11 22:58

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[Today's Reprise]: The “Right to Life” (This Time, Your Own)

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2006-06-16 05:17

[The following is a substantially reworked portion of an essay which was posted at the former website of my friend, Casey Fahy, in January, 2001, titled, "All Creatures Great and Small."]

While I agree with the Objectivist position on abortion –– namely, that a fetus does not possess “rights” –– there is another point to be made on behalf of keeping abortion legal which I think is consistent with Objectivism, but it’s one not made by Objectivists –– and, for the life of me, I cannot figure out why, since it cuts through much of the fog engulfing current debate on the issue.

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Lastly (?)-2 — by eg on Sat, 2006-06-24 15:55
Sandi — by Victor Pross on Mon, 2006-06-19 06:11
Sure — by eg on Mon, 2006-06-19 06:05

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Fighting Terrorism Requires Legalizing Immigration

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2006-06-06 16:58

Immigration has become a very hot issue in the United States these days. It is estimated that there are something like ten to fifteen million illegal immigrants living in America – and more keep streaming across the border every day.

Of course, immigration is nothing but a boon to any free market economy, as has been repeatedly demonstrated, and there is every reason for a capitalist society to eagerly welcome every last immigrant. And, of course, so long as the immigrant is not a direct threat to the physical safety of the country, such migration to and from a place is a RIGHT.

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Grant — by Neil Parille on Tue, 2016-09-06 12:11
JSV and Reality — by Grant Jones on Tue, 2016-09-06 00:45
Invade the world, invite the world — by Neil Parille on Sun, 2016-09-04 14:18

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