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Statism is turning America into Detroit – Ayn Rand's Starnesville come to life

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Submitted by gregster on Sun, 2013-07-21 23:07

21 July 2013

Daniel Hannan at The Telegraph

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And — by gregster on Sat, 2013-08-17 12:28
Ayn Rand no longer the kiss of death — by gregster on Sat, 2013-08-17 02:42
Trevor helps out — by gregster on Tue, 2013-07-23 09:20

Survelliance State Cartoon

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sun, 2013-07-21 18:34

Maybe it's time to do like the Muslims: submit and surrender.


Mainstream Breakthrough: Bono of U2: Only Capitalism Can End Poverty

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Submitted by gregster on Sun, 2013-07-21 01:35

I missed this at the time. About time that man talked sense. Did he retract this? I wouldn't be as surprised if he did as I was to see him state this.

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He must've taken off those — by Richard Wiig on Mon, 2013-07-22 10:43

Some Thoughts on the Zimmerman/Martin Episode

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Submitted by Doug Bandler on Fri, 2013-07-19 00:54

The Zimmerman trial and what it represents is perhaps the most important cultural phenomenon we have seen.

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Disclaimers! — by Craig Ceely on Sun, 2013-08-04 03:35
Guns — by RationalMan on Sun, 2013-08-04 03:25
Brian... — by Craig Ceely on Thu, 2013-08-01 09:16

From Apollo 11 to Martian Missions

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2013-07-18 19:56

From Apollo 11 to Martian Missions
By Edward Hudgins

On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made those historic first footprints on the Moon. But the ensuing decades have been frustrating to those who assumed that Apollo 11 would lead to permanent lunar bases and colonies on Mars.

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Aldrin, Hudgins, Tito. — by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2013-07-18 21:48

Air Head America ("Literally") - "Debbie" Hersman, Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Wed, 2013-07-17 23:12

"Despite its many problems, feminism has been a major force for political, economic, and social change for the better.


Hail, "Heartless" Justice!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2013-07-14 05:20

I expected the Zimmerman verdict to go the other way. I expect the worst in all things in this abominably inverted pomo-world where Pamela Geller is barred from Britain while Islamofilth is allowed to run amok, self-defence is murder, murder is self-defence, perpetrators are victims, victims are perpetrators, justice is about "heart" rather than facts—and "heart" decrees that the white guy is always in the wrong and always a racist.

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Sam — by gregster on Fri, 2013-09-06 10:17
Greetings Sam — by tvr on Thu, 2013-09-05 20:52
Sam — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2013-08-29 02:09

Oedipus the King and Women of Trachis

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Submitted by F L Light on Fri, 2013-07-12 22:01

Alex Hyde-white, who was the narrator for "I AM JOHN GALT," by Donald Luskin http://www.audible.com/search/...

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Alex Hyde-White — by F L Light on Sat, 2013-07-27 04:21
Interview — by F L Light on Fri, 2013-07-12 22:13

New book: REASON and LIBERTY

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Submitted by Shayne Wissler on Thu, 2013-07-11 05:48

I recently published a new book, REASON and LIBERTY, available at Leanpub:

https://leanpub.com/reasonandl...

And at Amazon:

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Reply to Terry — by Shayne Wissler on Sun, 2013-08-11 20:11
What is misleading is Shane's criticism of my review — by tvr on Sun, 2013-08-11 19:34
Terry's review is misleading — by Shayne Wissler on Sat, 2013-08-10 22:40

Is Objectivism a Cult? A Cultist Says No

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2013-07-08 01:16

I watched this whole, long, tedious, mindless, 15-minute video. What a waste! Here's what I posted in response:

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Defeating Philosophical Cultism — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sun, 2013-07-14 17:57
Gregster, The Founding Fathers were Christians! — by Reason Man on Thu, 2013-07-11 06:11
Reason Man — by gregster on Thu, 2013-07-11 05:52

Science Set Free

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Submitted by gregster on Sun, 2013-07-07 12:52

Interesting talk, I'm not convinced in some avenues, such as "morphic resonance" but take a look.

Rupert Sheldrake after researching old handbooks of physical constants:


How the Tea Party Can Save America and the World – a Plea From New Zealand

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Submitted by gregster on Sun, 2013-07-07 08:49

"I write this on the verge of tears as I remember the amazing patriots, thinkers and activists I have met on my four speaking tours of your amazing country.


It's a Funny Old Life

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2013-07-06 12:15

It's a long time since I ruined a dinner party. That's because people who give dinner parties know I ruin them, and don't invite me.

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Back it up.Lindsay, you — by Rick Giles on Mon, 2013-09-02 18:55
Onegin — by Olivia on Tue, 2013-07-09 11:22
Recall that latin phrase from Horace's Odes? — by Rosie on Sun, 2013-07-07 14:11

Happy Birthday, Suckers!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2013-07-04 08:11

Normally at this time of year I'd simply reprise one of my earlier July 4 eulogies to the greatness of America and be content with that. To do so again would not be appropriate.

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Craig - you beat me to that — by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2013-10-28 04:44
The "Guilty Parties," Indeed — by Craig Ceely on Fri, 2013-07-05 06:38
Nation in Decline — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2013-07-05 00:06

Egypt Revolts Against Islamists and Obama

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2013-07-04 03:39

Egypt Revolts Against Islamists and Obama
By Edward Hudgins

July 3, 2013 — The military coup in Egypt is a blow to Islamist totalitarians and a slap at their facilitator, Barack Obama.

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Evading the point. — by Richard Wiig on Thu, 2013-07-11 07:20
Thanks for that post, Terry. — by Richard Wiig on Sat, 2013-07-06 00:13
Ed Hudgins--Hardly Objectivism — by RationalMan on Fri, 2013-07-05 21:59

Ayn the Great

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2013-07-03 16:07

Ayn Rand is the greatest philosopher by far of the past 2000 years. She is easily the most liberal thinker in the history of man.


KASS Music Gem: Marvellous Martha, Shining Schumann

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2013-07-03 07:12

Robert Schumann made several attempts to write a piano concerto. Only one survived the cutting room floor. This is it, replete with rapturous rapport between pianist and orchestra. A sublime affirmation of "the grandeur of man," a radiant riposte to Islamofilth and leftist pomowankery:

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Earlier version ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2013-07-22 05:51
New one for me. — by Olivia on Fri, 2013-07-05 06:33

DIM INTEGRATION

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Submitted by seddon on Mon, 2013-07-01 21:43

Does DIM mischaracterize Rand epistemology as fundamentally “integration?” Chapter One of the book is entitled “Integration.” He claims there that, “Integration, [Rand] said, was the key to underst


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A QUESTION ABOUT NOMINALISM

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Submitted by seddon on Sun, 2013-06-30 13:39

When Rand defines nominalism, the word “arbitrary” is included. For example, Rand writes on p.

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Kyrel — by seddon on Sat, 2013-07-06 10:46
George Walsh — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2013-07-05 21:42
Kyrel — by seddon on Fri, 2013-07-05 13:47

Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Israel & Islam

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Submitted by Richard Wiig on Sat, 2013-06-29 22:30

A worthwhile read. I was going to post this to the permanent Islam thread, but I'm not sure which one it's going to be, or if one is up yet?

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I like Ayaan but... — by Doug Bandler on Tue, 2013-07-02 19:55

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Neurosurgeon recounts experience during coma

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Submitted by Rosie on Sat, 2013-06-29 05:30

Former sceptic, Eben Alexander, is a renown neuro-surgeon who has written an

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Shane — by Rosie on Sat, 2013-08-03 10:06
Bizarre — by Shane on Fri, 2013-08-02 04:28
Rosie... — by Marcus on Thu, 2013-08-01 09:57

Freedom of speech in the UK, but only if you say what we want to hear.

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Submitted by Richard Wiig on Fri, 2013-06-28 08:57

You might have heard that Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer have been refused entry to the UK on the grounds that they are fascists intent on inciting people to unrest and violence.

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Pat Condell defends EDL, Geller and Spencer — by Rosie on Sat, 2013-07-06 08:10
Hope — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2013-07-05 00:14
Britain Heading Towards A Civil War With Islam — by Rosie on Thu, 2013-07-04 21:27

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The Immigrational Ideal

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2013-06-28 00:09

Immigration is generally beneficial. It usually adds to a nation's economic wealth, military strength, and even intellectual power, and cultural riches.

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I like it, but... — by tvr on Tue, 2013-07-02 11:17
a possibility for the future — by Doug Bandler on Tue, 2013-07-02 02:43
Pro-Freedom Policy Alone — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2013-07-02 01:39

News from Leonard Peikoff

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2013-06-26 21:34

June 25, 2013

Dear Admirer of Ayn Rand:

Once every three weeks starting September 13, 2013, Dr. Leonard Peikoff will offer, by telephone, a new 15-lecture course: Writing for an Audience.


American Gov't Spying Cartoon

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2013-06-26 21:26


The Death of Privacy in America

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sun, 2013-06-23 16:56

Evidently the United States federal government is now monitoring every American bank and financial transaction whatsoever, while tapping every phone call, and reading every email.

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Half-full Cup is Seemingly Still Filling — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2013-07-02 17:34
Another, Kyrel — by gregster on Mon, 2013-07-01 09:38
America: One Nation Under Allah — by gregster on Sun, 2013-06-30 09:13

Immigration and the Republican Death Spiral

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Tue, 2013-06-18 21:16

Immigration and the Republican Death Spiral
By Edward Hudgins

Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) rightly warns about the demise of the GOP if his party does not help pass reasonable immigration reform.

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Marxists and Hispanics — by Doug Bandler on Fri, 2013-07-12 02:08
The communist roots of Immigration Reform — by gregster on Fri, 2013-07-12 00:25
"should embrace draconian immigration controls" — by Robert on Tue, 2013-07-09 17:16

THE INTENSION-EXTENSION DISTINCTION

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Submitted by seddon on Fri, 2013-06-14 17:14

In another post, I mentioned the distinction between the intension and extension. On pp. 104-6 of ITOE, Peikoff mentions and dismisses this dichotomy as “another artificial split . . .

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Personal note — by seddon on Fri, 2013-06-14 17:31

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Republicans Help Virginia Evolve to Democrats

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Fri, 2013-06-14 01:30

Republicans Help Virginia Evolve to Democrats

By Edward Hudgins

June 12, 2013 – Republican Party self-destruction is on display in Virginia as the E.W. Jackson, the GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, is looking foolish for his assertion in a 2008 book that biological evolution is disproven because chimpanzees can’t talk:


Town Hall Upgrade a 'Sickening Waste'

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Submitted by Stephen Berry on Thu, 2013-06-13 15:15

Reagan Cutting, Affordable Wellington council candidate for Northern Ward has labelled Wellington City Council’s authorisation to spend $46 million on an upgrade of the town hall a “sickening waste of


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