New All-Operatic Mario Lanza CD Coming in February 2015!

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Submitted by Derek McGovern on Thu, 2014-12-18 01:58
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Incredible as it may seem---for the man hailed by many opera singers and conductors as the greatest tenor voice of the 20th century---there has never been a consistently outstanding Mario Lanza CD devoted to his operatic recordings.

Until now, that is.

I'm delighted to announce that UK-based Sepia Records will be releasing the CD Mario Lanza: Greatest Operatic Recordings on February 9, 2015. This is a Lanza CD that (for once!) lives up to its title.

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I look forward to this one — by gregster on Fri, 2014-12-19 02:26
Outstanding, Derek — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2014-12-18 05:12

Why Catholicism Is Still Beating Objectivism's Ass ... Still, Still, Still!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2014-12-17 06:39

It is galling to me that some years after I pointed out why Catholicism was still beating Objectivism's ass, Objectivists still haven't gotten it. As the annual apogee of Goblianity approaches, I've been reflecting on this anew. It's the sentimentality, stoopid!


The Passion of the Critics of Ayn Rand's Critics (reprised to mark the death of Rand arch-critic Nathaniel Branden)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-02-25 07:18

The Affair … The Break … The Affair Revealed (The Passion of Ayn Rand) … Peikoff in denial … Judgment Day … Anti-Peikovian backlash … IOS-TOC … The Passion of Ayn Rand’s Critics … Ancient History … Yawn … Better Things to Do …

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Yup — by Jules Troy on Fri, 2014-12-19 01:56
Remarkable — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2014-12-19 01:42
is as it seems — by Brant Gaede on Thu, 2014-12-18 14:37

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My Answer to Brandroids: In Praise of Objectivist Rage—(Valliant Book-Signing Event, Borders, Orange, July 6, 2006)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-07-08 06:37

28:21 minutes (4.06 MB)
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I review 100 Voices: An Oral History of Ayn Rand — by Neil Parille on Sun, 2013-01-06 18:27
Clown Prince Valliant — by Neil Parille on Tue, 2012-12-25 21:11
Brings Back Memories — by Neil Parille on Tue, 2012-12-25 16:31

Warren Buffett, Class Warfare, and the Exploitation Theory

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Submitted by George Reisman on Tue, 2014-12-09 00:42

WARREN BUFFETT, CLASS WARFARE, AND THE EXPLOITATION THEORY

GEORGE REISMAN

The first part of this very short book is a critique of the views expressed by the multi-billionaire Warren Buffett on the subjects of class warfare, taxation, and “The Giving Pledge.” The second part, which is a section of my book Capitalism: A Treatise on Economics, goes deeper and seeks to overturn the foundations of Buffett’s and most other people’s ideas concerning the relationship between profits and wages.


Nathaniel Branden

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Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Thu, 2014-12-04 13:19

I read today that Nathaniel Branden has died at the age of 84. In my view, the Psychology of Self Esteem, his first book on this topic, is one of the best I have ever read.

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Kyrel — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2014-12-13 06:42
Rand vs. Branden — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2014-12-12 16:54
Nathaniel Branden Worse Than Kant? — by Neil Parille on Fri, 2014-12-12 02:59

Nathaniel Branden, 1930-2014

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2014-12-04 07:50

A great psychologist and philosopher!

Nathaniel Branden, R.I.P.
by Brian Doherty

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Woah - that Peron — by Andrew Bates on Fri, 2014-12-12 14:04
Begging to differ — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2014-12-09 06:36

Why Ayn Rand Wouldn't Find a Literary Agent Today: My Critique of Contemporary Literature (Oh, And JM Keynes)

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Submitted by Mark Hubbard on Tue, 2014-12-02 22:17

 

I left Lindsay’s generous blogging umbrella roughly two years ago to try and gain a profile of my own from which to maybe market a novel (still in progress). If my blog was heading for a particular place, then it’s my recent post on the state of contemporary English literature, which on the way answers why Ayn Rand most probably wouldn’t find an agent today, let alone a publisher. There are several footnotes back to SOLO.

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Appearance 2 — by Mark Hubbard on Thu, 2014-12-04 19:17
Appearances 1 — by Mark Hubbard on Thu, 2014-12-04 19:14
Thanks Linz, Gregster & — by Mark Hubbard on Thu, 2014-12-04 08:39

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Rich People: Fuck 'em?

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Submitted by Rory Sweeney on Sat, 2014-09-06 11:22

Last Summer I invited some old school friends back to my parents’ home in Christchurch. We swam in the heated swimming pool, relaxed in the spa, watched a movie in the home theatre, listened to music over the in-ceiling speaker system, and enjoyed many a glass of good gin.

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Nice post — by Frediano on Thu, 2014-12-11 02:14
Very good post — by Tom Burroughes on Tue, 2014-09-30 16:11
Thanks! — by Rory Sweeney on Tue, 2014-09-09 10:05

KASS Music Gem (and Epitome of Rational Disagreement): Brahms/Bernstein/Gould/Sgouros/Zimerman

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2014-07-06 08:56

The first clip here is the first movement of Brahms' rapturous Piano Concerto #1, as played by Glenn Gould and conducted by Leonard Bernstein.

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Lenny... — by Olivia on Mon, 2014-07-07 06:38
I love the way you put that Gregster... — by Olivia on Mon, 2014-07-07 05:52
Lucky — by gregster on Mon, 2014-07-07 03:47

Intro to 'Total Passion'

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2014-06-14 23:05

Kyrel Zantonavitch's new review on Amazon of my book, 'Total Passion for the Total Height,' prompted me to start re-reading the thing myself. As I made my way through the Introduction I became quite exercised by the trenchant accuracy of my own observations, and motivated to lift myself from the pessimistic funk induced by the horrors of which I write. It occurred to me that I'd never published that Introduction here. Here it is (oh, and of course, buy the book if you want more!):

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Tore — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2014-06-15 22:33
i Did buy the book... — by Tore on Sun, 2014-06-15 08:05

KASS Music Gem—Luciano Pavarotti/Lindsay Perigo: Full Interview and Trailer

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2013-11-14 19:46

My thanks to highly talented singing student Rory Sweeney for obtaining and posting this:

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Beautiful Luciano! — by Olivia on Fri, 2013-11-22 06:23
Nice — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2013-11-16 03:10
Well done for retrieving this — by gregster on Sat, 2013-11-16 02:57

My Review of Lindsay's Amazing Book

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Submitted by mvardoulis on Mon, 2013-03-11 17:43

I wrote this for Amazon, under the pen name "Number Six" for those of you who may have already seen it:


Lindsay Perigo's New Kindle Book: Provocative Fun!

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Submitted by Nicholas Dykes on Thu, 2012-12-06 10:43

THE TOTAL PASSION FOR THE TOTAL HEIGHT

By Lindsay Perigo

Reviewed by Nicholas Dykes

An excellent book. I do enjoy having something to praise for once. I’d give it a five star rating any day.

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That Tertullian quote Parille — by gregster on Fri, 2014-07-18 06:35
Simply Outstanding — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2014-06-14 18:43
Matthew — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2013-10-04 08:24

Lindsay's Eloquent Elocution Lessons...Ra Ra Ra Ra...

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Submitted by tvr on Fri, 2014-09-26 05:18

The title of this post is something Lindsay Perigo would have me repeat. Many times.

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And — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2014-10-13 10:03
Incidentally ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2014-10-02 04:27
Why, thank you my charges! — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2014-09-26 23:01

The Real Dirtiness in NZ Politics

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2014-09-06 07:40

[Published in this month's Capital Magazine—believe it or not at their instigation! They have printed every word I wrote, as I wrote it, aside from their putting my "gutless in thrall to the clueless" line inside the Mike Moore quote. I am agreeably astonished. Is the blacklist finally at an end?]

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I googled — by gregster on Tue, 2014-10-21 05:57
I seem to recall a — by Shane Pleasance on Fri, 2014-10-17 19:47
Well — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2014-10-10 20:00

Atlas 3

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2014-07-12 09:14

The underwhelmingly-publicised Atlas Shrugged Part 3 has apparently been sneak-previewed in Las Vegas, and been well received.

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Rather Mechanically-Made — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2014-11-19 13:42
Hurrah! — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2014-11-19 08:13
Atlas Part 2 3/5 stars — by Kasper on Wed, 2014-11-19 02:15

Islamofascism And The Age Of Treason

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Submitted by tvr on Fri, 2013-11-15 05:23

"In the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.

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Obama Says ISIS like "JV", Then Denies He Said It — by tvr on Tue, 2014-09-09 00:42
Obama: "We Have No Leader" — by tvr on Sun, 2014-08-31 22:06
Islam — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2014-06-17 19:38

Which laws should we scrap?

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Submitted by Marcus on Thu, 2010-07-01 08:03

In a historic move, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is asking people to submit ideas about which UK laws need to be scrapped.

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Miliband lives in a Marxist Universe says PM. — by Marcus on Thu, 2013-10-10 10:42
Under-25s would not be able to claim benefits — by Marcus on Wed, 2013-10-02 15:04
A secular miracle set the English-speaking peoples apart — by Marcus on Wed, 2013-09-25 11:47

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The UN—Where Good and Evil Stand as Equals [Was: Dollars for Despots]

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Submitted by PhilipD on Tue, 2010-01-19 07:18

SOLO-International Op-Ed: Dollars for Despots

Philip Duck
January 20, 2010

Yet another hopeless talkfest kicks off today as officials from the morally bankrupt United Nations meet the wholly corrupt ministers and bureaucrats of 15 Asian and Pacific Island states tagged, ‘Least-developed countries.’ (LDCs)

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UN brewing up new goals — by PhilipD on Fri, 2013-10-04 09:58
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Algeria — by PhilipD on Sun, 2012-09-30 09:52
Phillip & Marcus - a bit late but here was EARTH HOUR — by Sandi on Mon, 2012-05-07 10:17

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Music of the Gods

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2008-04-21 06:11

"The emotion involved in art is not an emotion in the ordinary meaning of the term. It is experienced more as a 'sense' or a 'feel,' but it has two characteristics pertaining to emotions: it is automatically immediate and it has an intense, profoundly personal (yet undefined) value-meaning to the individual experiencing it.

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Astounding! — by Richard Wiig on Thu, 2013-10-31 09:19
All hail the mellotron — by ding_an_sich on Fri, 2013-06-07 14:58
Cloud Atlas! — by Marcus on Fri, 2013-06-07 12:16

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The Great Global Warming Swindle!!!

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Submitted by Marcus on Sat, 2007-03-10 19:12

Surprise, surprise.

You can watch the entire thing now - for free - already on Google Video.
Watch it while you can, here is the link below.

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Bob Carter and ARI — by gregster on Fri, 2013-11-29 08:27
"Think for yourself" — by gregster on Sun, 2013-11-10 02:17
Shale gas is Rearden Metal — by Marcus on Mon, 2013-09-09 12:59

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SOLO Credo

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2005-11-30 09:26

SOLO—Sense of Life Objectivists.

  • "The total passion for the total height."
  • Rational passion and passionate reason.
  • Say what you mean, and mean what you say.
  • "This above all, to thine own self be true."
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In " Fountainhead" the total — by 0 on Fri, 2011-06-17 21:25
Tonytowner — by Kasper on Wed, 2010-05-05 23:12
Haven't seen this type of — by tonytowner on Wed, 2010-05-05 10:55

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To All Innocent Fifth Columnists

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Submitted by Bravest Man in ... on Fri, 2012-11-30 06:22

You who read this represent the greatest danger to America.

No matter what the outcome of the war in Europe may be, Totalitarianism has already won a complete victory in many American minds and conquered all of our intellectual life. You have helped it to win.

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Rand versus Islam — by gregster on Sat, 2012-12-01 23:59
Quintessential Rand — by Michael Moeller on Sat, 2012-12-01 20:10
Olivia — by Jules Troy on Sat, 2012-12-01 12:41

The Movie Thread

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2009-10-11 07:26

If like me you haven't yet seen Dark Knight it's just about to screen on Sky Movie Channels 1 & 2.

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Holy Flying Circus — by Sam Pierson on Tue, 2013-02-19 07:45
Les Miserables — by Rosie on Mon, 2013-02-18 22:59
The Cabin in the Woods — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2013-02-18 20:45

How to insert images into a reply...

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Submitted by administrator on Sat, 2006-09-23 04:43

It's a simple two step process.

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You post it on a thread... — by Marcus on Sun, 2012-11-25 15:35
Thanks — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2012-11-14 18:46
Yes you can... — by Marcus on Wed, 2012-11-14 09:18

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Guidelines for Posters

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2005-12-01 07:50

Anyone who signs up to SOLOPassion.com is free to post here, unmoderated.

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Discussion Forums — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2013-11-15 01:09
Media Release — by robbo on Wed, 2013-03-06 08:47
Thoughts on Discussion Forums — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2012-12-19 17:37

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July 4 Reprise—SOLO-International Op-Ed: A Second Declaration of Independence

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2009-12-26 00:07

SOLO-International Op-Ed: A Second Declaration of Independence

Lindsay Perigo
December 26, 2009

When in the course of human affairs it becomes necessary for citizens to break the political chains that hitherto have bound them, and to reclaim the individual sovereignty which is their birthright, it is opportune and appropriate for them to declare the causes which have impelled them to self-liberation. We, the freedom-loving citizens of the United States of America, choose to do so at this historic moment.

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Not Pedantry — by Doug Bandler on Fri, 2010-07-09 18:57
Doug — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2010-07-09 08:01
Lindsay — by Doug Bandler on Wed, 2010-07-07 19:40

KASS Quote of the Century: Steven Mallory's Drooling Beast

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Submitted by Bravest Man in ... on Wed, 2007-11-21 21:54

"Listen, what's the most horrible experience you can imagine?

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Dragons Needing to be Slain — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2014-11-10 10:21
Perhaps — by Kasper on Sun, 2014-11-09 21:28
Brendan and Daniel — by Ellen Stuttle on Mon, 2010-05-03 20:33

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TV Interview: Lindsay Perigo, Mario Lanza ... and the Meaning of Life :-)

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Matthew — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2013-10-02 06:15
Fantastic interview Linz. I — by Matthew Humphreys on Thu, 2013-09-19 12:51
Hahaha, Marcus! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2013-09-17 12:01

North Korea Declares War on America

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2014-12-18 17:35

Does America have any pride or honor or self-respect?

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Maybe... — by Jules Troy on Fri, 2014-12-19 02:00
nope — by Brant Gaede on Thu, 2014-12-18 20:13

Rand Query

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Submitted by Mark Hubbard on Sat, 2014-12-13 22:47

Hopefully I'm not going daft, but I've always had it in my mind Atlas Shrugged had a previous working title of 'Last Man in the World' ... or something of that order?

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Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2014-12-16 17:07
Mark — by gregster on Tue, 2014-12-16 06:46
Cheers Kyrel I'd not known of — by Mark Hubbard on Tue, 2014-12-16 02:00

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Immigration Dictator

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2014-11-20 02:17

On November 20th, 2014, Lawbreaker-in-Chief Barack Obama is going to exercise profound legal power he doesn't have. He's going to assert massive governmental authority he lacks. This is the act of a criminal and tyrant. For this he should be immediately removed from office and jailed for life.

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Lol — by Jules Troy on Thu, 2014-11-27 03:34
A nihilist's wet dream — by gregster on Mon, 2014-11-24 10:26
Savages — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2014-11-22 02:12

Now Available on Kindle: "Education and the Racist Road to Barbarism"

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Submitted by George Reisman on Tue, 2014-11-11 23:31

“Education and the Racist Road to Barbarism,” which is now available for 99¢ as a Kindle Book on Amazon.com, is a demonstration of the objective superiority of Western Civilization and slap in the face of cultural relativism and political correctness.


Ayn Rand, the Novelist and Philosopher -- An Analysis by Charles Murray

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2014-11-06 17:11

An interesting evaluation of the thought, fiction, and person of Ayn Rand by long-time Objectivist camp-follower Charles Murray:


Scheduled Outage: Saturday, November 8th at 8PM PST

Submitted by wngreen on Wed, 2014-11-05 17:52

Our hosting company, Dreamhost, will be upgrading the operating system on the server where we host the website (Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 5:00:00 PM NZ time).


La Fin du Filth?

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2014-11-05 09:12

I have paid no attention to American politics for about a year now, since I am convinced America is finished, and deserves to be.

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Sam — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2014-11-09 21:17
Lindsay — by Sam W. on Sun, 2014-11-09 19:40
Sam — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2014-11-09 19:31

It's Proper-ty To Socialists, Propert-y To Capitalists

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Submitted by tvr on Sat, 2014-10-25 04:47

In this article I shall attempt to highlight what I see as a perversion concerning the historical meaning and morphology of the word property as published by etymological dictionaries, and to demonstrate how it unwittingly supports a socialist viewpoint and not a capitalist or rights-affirming one. I shall also try to put right the error.


Absurd World

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2014-09-16 23:57

America's foreign policy is hilarious.

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I think in essence America — by Richard Wiig on Sat, 2014-09-20 05:52
Guilty Party — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2014-09-19 23:13
The US already has been — by Richard Wiig on Fri, 2014-09-19 08:53

Why Greg Sandow Cried

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2014-09-16 04:01

Greg Sandow, music critic and Juilliard teacher, cried a few months ago when he watched The Great Caruso. I cried when I read his article about it just now.

"Lanza, Hollywood or not, is, with no caveats, one of the very greatest — most powerful, most passionate, most communicative, most thrilling, most idiomatic, most faithful to the words, most vocally splendid — Italian tenors who ever lived. Soars up to high C like he’s thrilling with joy on a big drop on a roller coaster."

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I get this.... — by Olivia on Sun, 2014-09-28 22:38

Why IS *is* an IS

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Submitted by tvr on Sat, 2014-09-13 23:19

Have a listen again to what Barack Obama had to say on Wednesday in his address that outlined his strategy to deal with the threat that was originally "The Organization of Monotheism and Jihad", which came to be known as "Al Qaeda in Iraq", and more recently "ISIL", then "ISIS", and now the "Islamic State", its latest iteration:

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No worries ... — by VSD on Thu, 2014-09-18 06:35
The Barbaric Precedent — by tvr on Mon, 2014-09-15 02:07

Our Chinese and Russian Enemies

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2014-09-11 21:21

The tribalist, nationalist, racist, xenophobic, tyrannical, uncivilized, subhuman Chinese and Russians are currently going forth and threatening their neighbors, the West, and America.


Women Warriors Against Islam

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2014-09-10 07:48

https://www.facebook.com/photo...

Facebook announcement from someone called David E. Evans‎:

WOMEN: PLEASE DON'T FORGET THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 11!!!

WALK NAKED IN AMERICA DAY

Don't forget to mark your calendars.

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I have an acquaintance — by Jules Troy on Tue, 2014-09-16 03:54
Doing Their Duty — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2014-09-11 02:05
Women were Warriors — by gregster on Wed, 2014-09-10 11:38

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