Make Objectivism Great Again series

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Submitted by Bruno Turner - BTO on Tue, 2017-06-27 16:10

Let the Make Objectivism Great Again series begin!

In this video series we will be discussing Linz' open letter to Objectivists (

I like to call Linz' letter a Call to Arms, hence one of my goals here is to rally the troops.

We'll both try to analyze and discuss the open letter, its underlying principles and their consequences, and relate it to other works by Objectivist "dissidents", such as Ed Powell's immigration essay.

Recent Comments:
YB — by Brant Gaede on Thu, 2017-07-20 04:06
Yaron the Misanthrope — by Neil Parille on Thu, 2017-07-20 00:54
Iran — by Neil Parille on Wed, 2017-07-19 20:07

Open Letter to Objectivists—Make Objectivism Great Again! Repudiate Obleftivism!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2017-02-06 02:44

[This is an expanded version of the opening statement I had prepared for my aborted debate with Yaron Brook on Amy Peikoff's BlogTalkRadio show, "Don't Let It Go." I withdrew from the debate when I realised I could not in all conscience comply with her last-minute request that I refrain from making "sweeping statements" critical of Yaron. Warning: the following contains a number of sweeping statements critical of Yaron.]

Recent Comments:
Ed — by Neil Parille on Wed, 2017-07-26 13:39
Greg — by Neil Parille on Wed, 2017-07-26 13:13
Ed — by gregster on Wed, 2017-07-26 05:19


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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2017-07-27 05:11

There are basically only two types of Muslims in the world today: active and passive. Or else: loudly-and-openly Islamic and quietly-and-discretely Islamic.Or else: honestly-and-sincerely Islamic and cowardly-and-hypocritically Islamic.

Brook Argues That Race Is A "Social Construct" -- ARI Is Now Officially Post Modern Left and SJW

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Mon, 2017-07-24 21:55

Recent Comments:
These "studies" ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2017-07-27 06:41
Liar and Evader Yaron Brook — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2017-07-27 06:33
ARIan Censorship — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2017-07-27 06:10

President Donald Trump

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Fri, 2017-01-20 19:01

Obama is out and the rebuilding begins!

We all have our favorite moments in the inaugural speech. What are yours?

Recent Comments:
Amy thinks there are transgendered people — by Neil Parille on Thu, 2017-07-27 11:51
Masculine Military — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2017-07-27 10:25
I wonder ... — by VSD on Thu, 2017-07-27 09:39

The Problem with Women

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Submitted by Olivia on Thu, 2017-07-20 06:28

By Olivia Pierson

One of my bug-bears is how much feminism has messed with the heads of modern females - to the point where they have shot themselves in the foot so severely that it’s created an ugly limp in what ought to be a woman’s confident stride. What makes this limp a travesty is that I am talking about women who have been thoroughly ‘emancipated’.

Recent Comments:
Kyrel... — by Olivia on Mon, 2017-07-24 03:39
Outstanding! — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sun, 2017-07-23 15:15
Mary Wollstonecraft... — by Olivia on Sun, 2017-07-23 05:24

Trump vs The Filth: 100 Days In, Trump Is Winning!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2017-04-30 03:40

100 days in, Trump is winning.

In the epic show-down between President Donald Trump and the forces I generically designate as "The Filth," Trump is winning.

Recent Comments:
Amy on Tucker — by Neil Parille on Sun, 2017-07-16 21:41
Luke — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2017-07-16 11:30
Quintessential Filth of the Moronnial Variety — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2017-07-16 10:52

The Confessions of an Orthodox Objectivist

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Submitted by Chanakya on Mon, 2017-04-17 03:03

I have a confession to make. For two years I was an Orthodox Objectivist.

On any usual day, I used to make nice and reverent comments in the social media about some Objectivist God or demigod (I will reveal later in the article who the Gods and the demigods are). I was a member of the “Orthodox brigade” on FB—we used to “like” each other’s nice and reverent posts and leave complimentary comments.

Recent Comments:
Hypocrisy of Orthodox Objectivists — by Chanakya on Tue, 2017-05-02 13:36
Not so complete control — by Ed Hudgins on Tue, 2017-05-02 04:39
Intellectual heir? Who cares? — by Chanakya on Sun, 2017-04-30 17:32

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NZ on Screen: New Linz Profile (with very old pic: hair warning!)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2017-06-21 07:20

... In the 1989 Post profile Perigo expressed concerns about the depth of debate he was able to elicit on television: "we’ve become a sort of society where people don't analyse an argument: they attach brandnames to people who proffer arguments and think that they’ve dealt with the argument that way". In 1993 he infamously abandoned the medium, claiming that TVNZ news and current affairs was "braindead", and that stories of celebrities and trapped cats had superseded politics.

Recent Comments:
Andrew — by Richard G McGrath on Fri, 2017-06-23 02:44
At least you had/have hair — by Andrew Atkin on Thu, 2017-06-22 03:39

Contra Obleftivism—Overturning Treason

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2017-02-11 23:12

The idea here is to put Yaron Brook, Andrew Bernstein, Onkar Ghate et al on notice: the game is up. We're on to you.

Recent Comments:
Israeli Nationalist Bias — by Luke Setzer on Fri, 2017-03-24 11:48
Yaron — by gregster on Fri, 2017-03-24 06:10
YBI — by Luke Setzer on Thu, 2017-03-23 13:33

Make Western Civilisation Great Again!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2016-12-29 04:25

Undeniably, the biggest events of 2016, seismic in their enormity, were Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Because of those two events, for the first time in eight years we could say that Western Civilisation had rallied to mount a rearguard action against The Anti-West, aka Islamo-Marxism, aka The Filth. The latter were in pouting, infantile retreat, alternately sullen and hysterical, unable to comprehend that the seeming hegemony of their loathsome, totalitarian world view was not invincible after all.

Recent Comments:
Neil — by Doug Bandler The Second on Wed, 2017-02-15 05:22
Thomas Aquinas On Immigration — by Neil Parille on Wed, 2017-02-15 03:46
Outstanding post! — by Triassic on Sun, 2017-01-01 02:45

FilthWatch: Clinton News Network Well and Truly Busted!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2017-06-27 07:05

CNN Filth inadvertently exposed by one of their own employees. The most salutary moment is when any notion of "ethics" in journalism is derided as "adorable." Pretty much where we're at in life generally, in this grotesque anti-culture of moronnials, pomowankers and fry-quackers, aided and abetted by, of all entities, the Ayn Rand Institute. In any event, even in such a depraved world, this must surely spell the end of the Russia bullshit, as well as the careers of such Filth as Zucker, Cooper, Lemon, Tapper, Stelter et al ... mustn't it? Please tell me yes!

Recent Comments:
FilthWatch: Justin Trudeau — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2017-07-18 01:03
Filth-Watch: Ugly Male Moronnial — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2017-07-17 03:23
And still more CNN-Filth! — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2017-07-16 05:34

A Time *Not* to "Come Together"!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2017-06-15 01:54

The Trump Derangement Syndrome mob, who make up a significant portion of The Filth (of whom I have written here copiously), have been exceptionally incontinent since Trump became president.

Recent Comments:
Interesting but trivial — by Doug Bandler The Second on Sat, 2017-07-15 16:41
Yes — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2017-07-15 08:52
Amy... — by Olivia on Sat, 2017-07-15 07:41

New Permanent Thread: To Iran with The Filth!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2017-06-11 06:34

This thread will be permanently blue-stickied, like the Global Warming thread, and should be treated as a resource both to mete out a modicum of virtual justice to The Filth and to afford an outlet for decent human beings to relieve some of their frustration at the prevalence of said Filth.

Recent Comments:
To Iran with Scott Pelley! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2017-06-20 02:28
To Iran with Chris Wallace — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2017-06-19 06:30
Dispecable Cuckservative Traitors — by Bruno Turner - BTO on Fri, 2017-06-16 16:20

Mario, Mark and Johannes—Glory Lives!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2017-03-31 08:43

Australian tenor Mark Vincent, who won the Australia's Got Talent competition at the age of 15, has just released a CD called A Tribute to Mario Lanza, the latest in a long line of tenors to do so.

Recent Comments:
The Release Of ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2017-04-14 06:39
The Making Of .... — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2017-04-13 08:43

High-Quality Videos

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2017-03-28 23:58

I think it would be nice if there was a place here for high-quality videos, such as films, t'v' shows, and video shorts. Watching well-made videos is one of the great pleasures of life.

Recent Comments:
'Genius!' — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2017-06-12 11:58
'Last Resort' — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2017-05-27 12:30
Modern Problem — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2017-04-20 03:07

Yaron Brook and Amy Peikoff Discuss Immigration Without Linz

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Submitted by edpowell on Thu, 2017-03-23 22:15

This is a complete transcript of the discussion between Amy and Yaron about immigration that occurred on Feb 10, 2017 in lieu of the promised debate between Linz and Brook. Brook himself is such a weasel and shifts his position on this issue over and over again depending on the circumstances and audience that I thought it was valuable for a complete record of his remarks be made and made public so that appropriate analysis and criticism can be made of them without actually having to repeatedly listen over and over to the audio recording, which is mind-numbingly painful to listen to.

Recent Comments:
Especially illuminating ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2017-06-10 05:21
BTO — by Doug Bandler The Second on Wed, 2017-06-07 23:40
Go, Bruno!! — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2017-06-07 21:41

New (Kindle *and* Paperback!) Edition of Linz's 'The One Tenor: A Salute to Mario Lanza'

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Submitted by Derek McGovern on Tue, 2016-07-12 09:59

New (Kindle *and* Paperback!) Edition of Linz's 'The One Tenor: A Salute to Mario Lanza'

I've just posted the following item about Linz's updated edition of The One Tenor on my website, Mario Lanza, Tenor (

Recent Comments:
Jeff Rense writes — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2016-07-25 08:31
Greg — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2016-07-22 09:43
Neil — by gregster on Fri, 2016-07-22 06:23

Book recommendations

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Submitted by Tore on Mon, 2016-02-15 19:02

This is a thread where I want to see everyone (that is, the four other people posting on this site) recommend books.

Recent Comments:
Sparrowhark — by Grant Jones on Thu, 2016-02-18 19:08
Dykes purchased — by Tore on Wed, 2016-02-17 09:13
Perigo! — by Tore on Wed, 2016-02-17 08:35

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.

Recent Comments:
Music of the God Ludwig — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2017-07-27 08:12
Unique — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2017-07-26 05:44
Someone else ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2017-07-16 06:40

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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.

Recent Comments:
NOAA Scientists Falsify Data to Dupe World Leaders on Climate — by Luke Setzer on Wed, 2017-02-15 16:56
Anti-EPA attorney to head the EPA — by gregster on Thu, 2016-12-08 04:29
How Funny is this? — by HWH on Thu, 2015-10-08 05:39

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Death to Islam! [Reprised to mark latest Islamatrocities in ... I've given up itemising the locations. Today, June 20, 2017: Brusselistan. Again.]

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-02-06 23:49

[Note—June 13, 2016, following the killing of 50+ attendees at an Orlando gay nightclub: I hope LGBT moronnials, the Pink Swastika carriers who support the Islamappeasing agenda of Obama and remain silent, as he does, about Islam's routine killing of gays while loudly propounding a totalitarian PC agenda of their own, will be awakened by yesterday's slaughters to the nature of Islam in particular and tyranny in general.]

Recent Comments:
"Cop" — by Neil Parille on Tue, 2017-07-25 14:34
"Cop" who shot Aussie woman ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2017-07-25 05:53
Not all millennials are moronnials! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2017-07-11 07:17

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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."
Recent Comments:
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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SOLO Announcement (2005-12-09)

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Submitted by JulianP on Thu, 2005-12-08 20:14

Hi guys,

We've made a few changes that should be of interest.

1. SOLO Blogs
I've enabled personal blogs. This means that besides the likes of articles and forum topics, you can now also add personal blog entries. You can access your blog via the menu item 'my blog', on the side. Other SOLOists can comment on your blog entries, as in the forum. Each personal blog also has an RSS feed. As with forum topics, editors can promote good blog entries to the front page. So, if you don't have a personal blog yet, unlike the esteemed and prolific blogger, PC, then feel free to make SOLO Blogs your home on the web. Have fun! Smiling All blog entries will be viewable here:

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The very best of this week's 'Not PC'

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2005-12-08 10:03

Here's just some of the scintilating, sparkling and occasionally excoriating writing you've missed at 'Not PC' this week by not tuning in as regularly as you should. Don't let it happen again!

Freezing their globes off in Montreal - when warming meets cooling
If you've been wondering why the UN's Montreal mega-conference on Global Warming has received little coverage -- "what f'ing conference?" I hear you cry -- Rex Murphy has the answer. "Probably because of the cold weather," he says half seriously...

Recent Comments:
Thank you, sir — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2005-12-08 23:07
Ecological ship travel — by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2005-12-08 22:15
Outstanding! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2005-12-08 21:05

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Latest phrom Phunny Pharm Homofobes

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2005-12-07 09:25

Hard on the heels of Phirehammer's repherence to phags, his selph-outing as the bigot I already knew he was, comes this from Monart Pon. This sort of stuff used to be standard from ARI types, including notorious closet cases. Largely, they've gotten over it. Monart & the Phirehammer Phlakes are now carrying the torch for mediaeval ignorance. Read & weep:

'The truth is this: Perigo, contrary to his boast of being "rationally passionate" and "passionately rational", is neither rational nor passionate -- not consistently so, not when it really counts. Claiming to be a "sense of life objectivist", he's trying to act out a self-contradiction. Objectivism is a philosophy, a wisdom of mind, a system of thought. A sense of life is a (fundamental) feeling in regards to one's life; it's not a philosophy. To feel one's way to wisdom, to philosophy, is to pervert one's mind and, consequently, also pervert one's sense of life. Thus, Perigo hides from the truth when it clashes with his feelings, unless admitting a truth serves to hide another more frightening truth.

Recent Comments:
I'm not surprised. — by stormyeyes on Thu, 2005-12-08 18:47
LOL — by Adam Buker on Thu, 2005-12-08 18:36
Great senses of humor — by atlascott on Thu, 2005-12-08 14:33

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Machan's Musings - Rights, the Constitution, and the Ninth Amendment

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Submitted by removed on Wed, 2005-12-07 03:52

Before the US Constitution there was the Federalist Papers and before that the Declaration of Independence and before that John Locke’s political works and those of some others. The lineage involved most fundamentally a theory of basic human rights—natural rights, as Locke had called them, meaning they exists as a feature of our very humanity and membership in a human community.

There was debate as to whether any of these rights should even be listed in a constitution lest people in the future would think that only the listed ones exist. So as to disabuse people of this notion, the Ninth Amendment was crafted saying that unenumerated—that is, unmentioned—rights exist, let’s not forget it.

Recent Comments:
Brilliant article! — by atlascott on Tue, 2005-12-13 17:07
Reply to Duncan Bayne — by removed on Mon, 2005-12-12 12:56
Yeah, to the front page. — by stormyeyes on Sun, 2005-12-11 01:36

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Machan's Musings - Saddam Hussein Learned from Richard Rorty

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Submitted by removed on Tue, 2005-12-06 20:33

Machan's Musings - Saddam Hussein Learned from Richard Rorty

Tibor R. Machan

In his very instructive book Natural Right and History the justly famous classical political scientist Leo Strauss—sometimes credited with (or blamed for) neo-conservatism—makes the point that without firm standards of right versus wrong, all that can count in the determination of right and wrong is who is being earnest—whose is “a resolute or deadly serious decision.” Here is how he put the point:

If there is no standard higher than the ideal of our society, we are utterly unable to take a critical distance from that idea. But the mere fact that we can raise the question of the worth of the idea of our society shows that there is something in man that is not altogether in slavery to his society, and therefore that we are able, and hence obliged, to look for a standard with reference to which we can judge the ideals of our own as well as of any other society. That standard cannot be found in the needs of the various societies, for the societies and their parts have many needs that conflict with one another; the problem if priorities arises. This problem cannot be solved in a rational manner if we do not have a standard with reference to which we can distinguish between genuine needs and fancied needs and discern the hierarchy of the various types of genuine needs. The problem posed by the conflicting needs of society cannot be solved if we do not possess knowledge of natural right.

Recent Comments:
I think Shadia Drury got it — by removed on Fri, 2005-12-09 14:27
More on Strauss — by Pete L on Fri, 2005-12-09 04:00
Leo Strauss and neoconservatives — by Mark Humphrey on Wed, 2005-12-07 18:44

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New Site Features

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Submitted by JulianP on Sun, 2005-12-04 23:57

Hi fellow SOLOists,

I hope the first half a week or so of the new face of SOLO has been enjoyable. Smiling We have been tweaking things as we go, incorporating some good suggestions.

Recent Comments:
Stars — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2006-03-28 12:18
Bells, Whistles...Stars? — by Prima Donna on Tue, 2006-03-28 03:19
Sorry ... — by Christy L on Tue, 2005-12-06 21:12

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This and That

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2005-12-04 21:40

[Listen to this announcement]

A few reflections after the first few days of SOLO's new incarnation here at

There was some debate prior to the rebirth as to the legitimacy of "entertainment" as a value on a site like this. For me there is no debate. If SOLOPassion is not entertaining, it is falling down on part of its job—to educate and inform in an entertaining way. There is no entertainment/education dichotomy here. "Entertaining" doesn't necessarily mean "creating a laugh a minute," though humour is decidedly a value here also—it does mean educating and informing in a way that is stimulating and arresting, rather than in a cold monotone more suited to academia or people who have no sense of life-and-death urgency about the material they are purveying. The writers we have assembled here are all skilled in telling their story in a captivating way because they are passionate about it, and that's the way it'll stay. So yes, this is, unashamedly, an entertainment site—but of course, it's not just an entertainment site. Sassy, saucy, sizzling ... and salutary. That's SOLO.

Recent Comments:
Full set of dags accounted for — by Marcus on Wed, 2005-12-07 21:58
Whoever he is?! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2005-12-06 20:46
Bravo, who ever you are! — by Ciro D Agostino on Tue, 2005-12-06 16:08

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Machan's Musings - Why Teaching Intelligent Design is Such a Problem

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Submitted by removed on Sun, 2005-12-04 19:35

Whenever a controversy arises in government funded and administered educational(?) institutions, no one in the mainstream media mentions the real source of the problem. Whether it is making the study of sex, environment, or, currently, intelligent design mandatory, the real issue is systematically avoided. This is whether there ought to be government education in a free society at all.

It is widely recognized that there should not be a government newspaper to which everyone must subscribe and which must be read by all. For good reason. The press must be free from entanglement with the government, with an agency that has as its sole job in a free country to protect individual rights. The tools and methods required for this job are entirely out of order when it comes to producing newspapers. Newspapers report on what the publishers and editors deem to be vital issues within the various layers of community of readers are members. We have local, state, national and international coverage, all important to some readers, but none of these is government’s job to accomplish. So in a free society there is likely to be a wide variety of approaches to news coverage, not to mention to editorializing. Government must adhere to the rule of law, which is supposed to be the same for all. It is naturally a one-size-fits-all undertaking.

Recent Comments:
Tibor, — by Tenyamc on Tue, 2005-12-06 06:44
public schools — by Christy L on Mon, 2005-12-05 20:04
As you say the curricula are — by Ali Hassan Massoud on Mon, 2005-12-05 15:48

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Machan’s Musings – A Heretical Essay on Wittgenstein

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Submitted by removed on Sat, 2005-12-03 10:01

The twentieth century has seen many philosophers pay a great deal of attention to the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein. It is especially his philosophy of language—i.e., his concern with the fundamental features and functions of our forms of awareness and communication—that has inspired much discussion. It is by way of an examination of language that Wittgenstein developed his theory of knowledge (although, granted, the idea that Wittgenstein had a theory of knowledge is itself controversial).

Yet Wittgenstein's approach is not to be confused with the content of his thinking. After all, hardly any philosopher could avoid an examination of language in the process of offering an account of human knowledge. Language would appear to be the only tangible and thus easily accessible feature of knowledge, though surely not its only feature. And the content of Wittgenstein's thinking, in the Philosophical Investigations [1] and On Certainty [2] testifies to the fact that he was not a crude behaviorist of the sort we might call someone whose epistemology focuses exclusively on language.

Recent Comments:
Logical Positivism — by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2005-12-04 04:19
The days of the Vienna — by Ali Hassan Massoud on Sun, 2005-12-04 02:39

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The Silence of Ayn Rand’s Critics

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Submitted by Casey on Sat, 2005-12-03 07:17

EXCLUSIVE to SOLO and The Free Radical. (Subscribe to the print edition and receive a whole lot more.)

"It is clear to me that Ayn Rand was a woman of remarkable integrity, who largely embodied the virtues she espoused. But it is also clear that she had certain other traits often found in great minds who have waged a lonely battle for their ideas: a tendency to surround herself with acolytes from whom she demanded declarations of agreement and loyalty; a growing sense of bitter isolation from the world; a quickness to anger at criticism; a tendency to judge people harshly and in haste. These faults did not outweigh her virtues; I consider them of minor significance in themselves. But they were real, and I thought [Barbara] Branden's book, whatever its other shortcomings, gave a reasonably fair and perceptive account of them.

"All of this is arguable, of course. But it should have been argued, and it wasn't. When the book appeared, I was shocked by the refusal of many prominent Objectivists to discuss the issues it raised, and their tendency to condemn anyone who did."

--David Kelley, PhD, Truth and Toleration (1990, I.O.S.), p. 75

Fifteen years have passed since David Kelley wrote this fateful passage about Barbara Branden’s book, The Passion of Ayn Rand, in an infamous paper that would, after Ayn Rand’s official intellectual heir Leonard Peikoff responded with his paper “Fact and Value,” open a rancorous schism in Objectivist scholarship. Kelley and the Ayn Rand Institute would part ways over this divisive issue and its philosophical implications, with Kelley going on to create The Objectivist Center. The TOC side argued that the biographical portrait of Ayn Rand written by Barbara Branden (eventually extending to the memoir about Rand written by Nathaniel Branden) should be regarded as an objective source of information, while the other side rejected the Brandens’ testimony outright as arbitrary assertions made without regard for the truth.

Recent Comments:
PARC — by Wayne Simmons on Thu, 2006-02-16 06:10
And — by eg on Tue, 2006-02-07 03:40
Well — by eg on Tue, 2006-02-07 03:29


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Submitted by administrator on Fri, 2005-12-02 05:20

Lindsay Perigo Lindsay Perigo - Founder & Principal (King of KASS)

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Submitted by administrator on Thu, 2005-12-01 21:31

Here are the questions most frequently asked of the site administrators. If you have a suggestion for a new entry please post a comment & we'll look into it.

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Today's Reprise—A poem for the New SOLO

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Submitted by Casey on Thu, 2005-12-01 21:07

The Mirror

O, this world that turns and ages with us,
Sprouting green and stretching tall.
We see its seeds elongate and divide:
Unrepeatable things,
That come to flower and fruition,
And go to seed and pass away,

Recent Comments:
Casey, just so you know I — by Lanza Morio on Mon, 2005-12-05 15:48
Carlos, my little cookie — by Ashley on Mon, 2005-12-05 13:18
Damn! I wish you guys — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2005-12-05 06:49

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State of the Union

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Submitted by administrator on Thu, 2005-12-01 07:57

[This post is brought to you today by Julian Pistorius and Duncan Bayne, the SOLOPassion webmasters]

Greetings, and welcome to the new home of SOLO - Sense of Life Objectivists!

The first thing you'll need to do is sign up for a new account so you can log in to the site.

Once you've done that, you'll see that SOLOPassion already provides much of the functionality of the old site, but with 25% fewer calories (noticeable if you're trying to fit into that slinky summer dialup pipe). You can create yourself an account, submit stories, post comments, chew the fat in the Forums, and vote on (and create) polls. For those with a technological bent, there is an RSS feed available, so you can keep up to date with the very latest on the site.

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Woman in Blue (Michael Newberry, 1981)

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Submitted by Newberry on Wed, 2005-11-30 11:35
Woman in Blue (Michael Newberry, 1981)
Recent Comments:
Thanks Olivia! Yes, I was — by Newberry on Fri, 2008-10-24 00:14
Mark: "I remain suspicious — by Newberry on Thu, 2008-10-23 23:33
Michael... — by Olivia on Thu, 2008-10-23 22:49

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2005-11-30 10:47

What is Objectivism?

Let its founder speak first. Asked to specify Objectivism's essentials standing on one foot, Ayn Rand, standing on one foot, said:

Recent Comments:
I would have — by Brant Gaede on Thu, 2010-02-04 17:25
Ah well Brant... — by Olivia on Thu, 2010-02-04 08:28
Solved! — by Brant Gaede on Thu, 2010-02-04 02:32

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Free Radical Issue 69 - Table of Contents

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Submitted by administrator on Wed, 2005-11-30 08:57

This is the complete table of contents for the 69th Free Radical. Some of the content will be made available online, but to read most of it you'll have to subscribe to the print edition.

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It's here! — by Derek McGovern on Wed, 2005-12-21 11:56

Once More with Feeling!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2005-11-18 07:50

“He who fights for the future lives in it today.”

—Ayn Rand

[Listen to this announcement] When I founded SOLO™ it was with a view to finding kindred spirits who had eluded me thus far in the Objectivist world.

Recent Comments:
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! — by Ed Hudgins on Sat, 2005-12-31 18:07
Congratulations — by nevin on Sun, 2005-12-11 18:28
Congratulations Linz! — by Marcus on Fri, 2005-12-09 20:40

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SOLO Pilot Podcast #4

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Submitted by SOLO Podcasts on Tue, 2007-09-18 20:01
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Update is that the civic — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2007-11-06 23:00
Hilarious — by Lance on Wed, 2007-09-19 22:46
Many thanks. Callum and I — by Rick Giles on Wed, 2007-09-19 14:26

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