'1984' Revisited—Reprised for Obvious Reasons

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2018-07-01 05:54

I've added 1984 to the books I'm currently reading or, as in this case, re-reading. I'm astonished anew at how prescient it was. (Also refreshing, after Dostoevsky and Hugo, to encounter a writer who just gets on with it.) I assume everyone here is acquainted with it, so every day will just add a direct quote without commentary. This one is apposite in light of today's demonstrations by mindless leftist thugs:

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Impossible to Believe

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2020-08-13 09:34

In these Woke times, when the worst appeasers of Woke are the churches and Obleftivists, this can be real:

From: communications@nzcbc.org.nz
Sent: Thu, August 13, 2020 8:23 p.m.
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Media Release - Election 2020 - NZ Catholic Bishops Endorse New Conservative.

He Huinga o ngā Pīhopa Katorika o Aotearoa

New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference

STARTS

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops understand and respect their duty of leadership, not only of Catholics but of all persons, in matters of moral governance. Given that, it is incumbent upon them, the Bishops say, to give appropriate guidance in the face of an imminent General Election. And the Bishops acknowledge that, in times of unusual political conditions, aggravated by the uncertainty wrought by the coronavirus crisis, their guidance might also be unusually specific.

The Bishops have expressed real concern in regard to what could appear to be dangerous legislative and regulatory moves already taken, and further, perhaps even worse, opportunities for the enemies of democracy, of freedom and of life itself.


2020 UPDATE (RECAP)

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Submitted by Bruno on Wed, 2020-08-12 12:45

From YT: “Thirty minute recap of what we’ve discussed together on this channel during the last few years and a preparation for future discussions.“

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Great to see ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2020-08-13 04:55

New Zealand Joins the Third World

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2020-05-24 06:21

When Parliament rushed through the Wuhan Virus Public Health Response Bill last week, the redoubtable Cameron Slater observed that New Zealand had thereby formally become a police state. The following atrocities from the Act make clear that this claim was not hyperbole. Allow time for the enormity of these abominations to sink in. Note the repeated use of the term "without limitation" in the enumeration of the totalitarian powers granted here. Ask yourself how long it will be before unWoke opinions, especially on the subject of the Wuhan virus, are deemed by Woke "enforcement officers," unelected and unaccountable, to promote the spread thereof or hinder efforts to prevent the spread thereof; how long before Woke constables raid the houses of the offending unWoke opiners without a warrant—as they are now empowered to do—and haul them off to indefinite solitary confinement in some specified Gulag—as they are now empowered to do? There are no words to express the treasonous viciousness of this legislation; none to capture the evil of the regime that passed it. Tragically, if the words did exist, very few would use them; part of the success of the Fascist Woke is that they have created a world in which evil is deemed merely "concerning," "troubling," "disappointing" or "problematic."

We are no longer part of the Free World; we are indeed a police state, a dictatorship and a banana republic, tyrannised by a grotesque, fry-quacking, upward-inflecting, infantile/moronnial, Narcissistic gargoyle whose vapidness is matched only by her evil and whose power is now "without limitation." That is not "concerning"; it is cataclysmic:

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I — by Mr_Lineberry on Thu, 2020-08-13 22:42
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As Surely as Night Follows Day, the Democrats Will Try to Cheat

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Submitted by Olivia on Fri, 2020-08-07 08:17

By Olivia Pierson
https://www.oliviapierson.org/...

During the 2016 U.S election debates between candidates Trump and Clinton, Hillary began to spin the narrative around what would later become the Russia collusion hoax.

Often referring to Trump as “Putin’s puppet,” Clinton also made common reference to Russian election meddling and claimed that the election of Trump to the White House would be a great gift to Putin.

Hillary knew this to be orchestrated nonsense.

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Imagine Ayn on Wokery!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2020-08-03 06:55

In this, her last public appearance, four months before she died at 77, "The Bravest [and sharpest] Man in America" chided American businessmen for being apologetic. I can't imagine what she would say about the current cowardly craven corporate capitulation to Wokery. Or the capitulation to Wokery by the Institute bearing her name, fronted by scweeching Yawon the Histewical:

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You Won't Crush Evil with Tabloid Tawdriness, Crusher!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2020-07-22 07:39

It's disgusting that Crusher's opening salvo against the evil Wokery of Jacinda Ardern has consisted of ... more evil Wokery. So Labour had "dirt" on a National MP, involving a texted image to a young female. As best we can tell, no laws were broken, no rights were breached. Crusher fired the MP in a bid to look "decisive." Then she let Jacinda know she had something similar on one of her, Jacinda's, ministers. Again, no laws broken, no rights breached. Jacinda, rather than saying what she should have said: "Fuck off, it was a consensual relationship, and no one else's business!" fired the minister in her own bid to win in the "decisiveness" stakes. Worse, that minister abjectly apologised and condemned his own behaviour as, in the favoured terminology of Woke-Fascists, "inappropriate."

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Yes Greg — by Mr_Lineberry on Mon, 2020-07-27 21:13
True — by gregster on Mon, 2020-07-27 08:22
Almost everyone — by gregster on Mon, 2020-07-27 08:19

Go Crush 'Em Crusher!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2020-07-14 23:38

The best thing Judith Collins said during her first press conference as National Party leader came right at the end: "I think it might be time for a drink."

Here we had intimations at least that the prim, prissy, prudish neo-Puritanism, the Woke-Fascism unleashed on the nation by the Marxist Jacinda Ardern might have met its match.

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Great — by Mr_Lineberry on Wed, 2020-07-15 21:57
And — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2020-07-15 10:31
Judith has already... — by Olivia on Wed, 2020-07-15 10:26

Anarcho-Capitalism Is Wrong.

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Submitted by atlascott on Tue, 2020-07-14 15:17

Anarcho-Capitalism is not a valid criticism of American government or economics or morality, nor does it offfer any moral alternative.

Here’s an outline.

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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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Ethnic Cleansing in Academia Aotearoa

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2020-06-29 07:23

It's time to de-fund the New Zealand School of Music. This Woke-Fascist, taxpayer-funded travesty has just announced its support for Black Lives Matter—the Marxist terrorist sub-humans who, along with Profa, are currently looting, rioting, vandalising, burning and killing all across America. "If this country doesn't give us what we want," one of its spokes-specimens has just said, "we will burn down the system."

"What we want" includes de-funding the police.

Now this, from the latest NZSM newsletter:

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Reminder for Comrade Little-Lenin and His Thought Police

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2020-03-21 00:30

New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990
Public Act 1990 No 109
Date of assent 28 August 1990

13 Freedom of thought, conscience, and religion
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and belief, including the right to adopt and to hold opinions without interference.

14 Freedom of expression
Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form.

There is no such thing as the right not to be offended—Salman Rushdie

I disagree with what you say but defend to the death your right to say it—Evelyn Beatrice Hall

Utter failure will attend any attempt in a commonwealth to force men to speak only as prescribed by the sovereign despite their different and opposing opinions … The most tyrannical government will be one where the individual is denied the freedom to express and to communicate to others what he thinks, and a moderate government is one where this freedom is granted to every man—Baruch Spinoza

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New Zealistan's Thought Police—What They're Asking

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2020-03-17 02:00

From Dieuwe de Boer's Right Minds site:

Are you a member of any political groups?

Does the "right" in Right Minds stand for right-wing? [We had to pause our conversation at this point owing to my needing a full minute to laugh.]

Do you donate to any political parties or other organisations?

Do you know what New Conservative's immigration policy is?

Do you know any representatives of the New Conservative party?

What are your views on immigration?

https://www.rightminds.nz/arti...

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Rigged? — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2020-03-27 07:30

Who's On Board Then? Sign the Pledge! Most Potent Response to Christchurch Shooter!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2019-03-19 22:31

https://www.middleeastmonitor....

March 17, 2019 at 3:10 pm

The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) has called on non-Muslim countries to ban Islamophobia, following the killing of dozens of people on a deadly attack on two mosques in New Zealand.

“IUMS calls on non-Muslim countries to ban the spread of hatred against Islam and Muslims,” IUMS President Ahmed al-Raisouni said in a statement at the conclusion of a 2-day session held in Istanbul on Friday.

I have a better idea. Why don't all countries require all people—citizens, non-citizen residents or visitors—within their jurisdiction, as a prerequisite for being within their jurisdiction, to sign the following pledge:

"Just as I reserve the right to hold and express my opinions on any matter whatsoever, I promise to respect the right of all others to do the same. I renounce unreservedly the use of coercion and violence in the promotion of my opinions."

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Saving Free Speech from Profa

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2018-11-27 00:23

It was reassuring to read on WhaleOil about a new organisation called Advance Australia which humans are joining "to make sure their beloved country doesn’t succumb to rampant radicalism or political correctness" of the kind viciously promoted by the Soros-funded group GetUp. We could do with something like Advance Australia in New Zealand, where sub-humans—biological humans who nonetheless renounce reason and repair to force—are attempting to end free speech at every turn. They are our local Antifa, except that Antifa should be called (and will be by me henceforth) "Profa" because they are pro-fascist. In their behaviour, appearance and mindless malice they are the modern-day version of Mussolini's Blackshirts. In their beliefs they are Islamo-Marxists, which makes them fascists also.

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Free Speech Is All that Matters

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2018-07-15 03:35

My speech to Free Speech rally at Parliament, Wellington, New Zealand, July 14, 2018

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Six Upsides of Corona

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2020-03-12 06:49

The old adage that what doesn't kill you will only make you stronger may never be truer in our time than in the case of the Corona Virus that is currently throwing almost everyone into hysteria and panic.

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A — by Mr_Lineberry on Sun, 2020-05-10 21:27
My Upsides Have All Come to Pass — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2020-05-09 07:28
Excellent Opening Monologue by Greg Today — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2020-03-29 05:40

Hahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2020-01-24 05:17

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Heroes Gallery

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Submitted by Mr_Lineberry on Thu, 2020-01-23 00:24

Instead of just attacking evil filth with the Rogues Gallery, felt I should also highlight some heroes for freedom.

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Number 51 - Harete Hipango — by Mr_Lineberry on Wed, 2020-07-29 02:34
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Good — by Mr_Lineberry on Wed, 2020-07-01 18:53

Rogues Gallery

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Submitted by Mr_Lineberry on Thu, 2020-01-16 22:42

A collection of stories highlighting the reduction in freedoms of the people, and exposing those who are attempting to take those freedoms away.

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Two More Faces of Pure Evil — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2020-03-24 06:23
Baby-Killers — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2020-03-24 06:08

Hatred for the Caucasian

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Submitted by Bruno on Mon, 2018-09-03 19:46

This new thread is dedicated to the racism Whites are subjected to in Western culture.

Its purpose is to expose anti-European racists and function as archive.

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Wisdom in our roots — by Bruno on Mon, 2018-12-03 00:40

Devoy vs Voltaire—Reprised with PS, Aug 14, 2017

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2017-02-08 22:50

[Reprised with Post-Script, Aug 14, 2017]

Apocryphally, in 1770, the French writer and provocateur François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) wrote to a French priest, “Monsieur l'abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write." Actually, he said no such thing. Biographer Evelyn Beatrice Hall, trying to capture the libertarian essence of his attitude to the burning of a book whose content he disapproved of, came up with: “I disapprove of what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it.” The saying, formulated that way, has been attributed to Voltaire ever since.

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Islamisation of Europe — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2017-04-03 00:40
I would add number 6 to that, — by Richard Wiig on Sun, 2017-03-05 04:12

#MOGA! 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.]

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Binswanker's and Bwook's Open Borders Policy ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2019-07-04 05:46

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?

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What Today's Impeachment Hysterics ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2019-09-25 05:06

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 (http://www.mariolanzatenor.com...):

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Screenbound doco available free — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2020-03-11 06:20
My Review — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2020-03-02 03:40
"Classics": The Stunning New Mario Lanza CD from Sepia Records — by Derek McGovern on Sun, 2020-03-01 15:17

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.

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Fatwa — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2018-06-23 19:29
Books — by Neil Parille on Thu, 2017-10-19 14:11
Zoltan — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2017-10-17 04:10

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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5. Are you the kind who are — by Elliot Temple on Tue, 2017-10-10 03:16
my ears were burning. — by Jules Troy on Sat, 2016-07-30 08:40

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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Old Doco on Rupert Brooke — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2018-09-19 05:23
Crooked House — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2018-06-06 07:20

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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Brainwashed kids — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2018-12-01 07:20
Actual pollution yes.. — by Jules Troy on Sun, 2018-11-25 19:35

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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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A Valentine's Day poem

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Submitted by Casey on Tue, 2006-02-14 09:24

For guys for their gals today, and for all you gals reading this...

HER

If gathering all Desire’s flowers,
And blending them all with mystical powers
And honey and ivory and rubies and milk
And gold and berries and music and silk
And the airy sigh of the waterfall
And the liquid shimmer of nightfall
And the birdsong in spring forests
And the phosphor of phosphorous
And with extra angels leavened
The potent tears of storming heavens
And diamonds, pearls, perhaps a mink fur
Could make one replica of her —
What a shy price would be squandered
For the prize Pygmalion pondered.

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Claudia, — by Casey on Fri, 2006-06-16 02:00
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The inevitable first blog post

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Submitted by Andrew Bissell on Tue, 2006-02-14 07:39

I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. I get quite a bit of enjoyment reading my friend's blogs, and I *love* hearing myself talk, so it was only natural that eventually I'd start one of my own, especially once I was handed an audience of fellow travelers to marvel at my own online navel-gazing.

So, here goes.

Throwing parties is a new hobby of mine, so this past Friday, in my cramped little university apartment, my roommate and I put away all our furniture and various geegaws that were lying around, hung a mirror ball and a Vertigo light (which shoots out colored beams to the beat of music that is playing) from our ceiling, and put on a full-blown retro-70s disco party. It was a blast, and, despite the simultaneous presence of two handles of tequila, two liters of vodka, and two dozen college students, nothing (and nobody) wound up broken, stained, or poisoned. I attached a little picture of the festivities.

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Jesus, Deputy! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-02-14 09:01

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT THOUGHTS

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Submitted by CapitalismGear.com on Tue, 2006-02-14 07:29

Ah yes, it's that time again...The last minute rush to buy flowers, chocolate and other assundry things for that someone special in our life...

Here's a CAPITAL idea for everyone who loves capitalism and the free market:

Buy a stock (or 10) in a company that you value.

Who knows? If you choose wisely, your gift may appreciate in value...

Although my other-half may disagree, it sure beats the heck out of roses that are going to be dead in three days anyway!

Good shopping to you!

peter@capitalismgear.com


Rand and "Black Hate Radio"

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Submitted by JoeM on Tue, 2006-02-14 00:22

http://www.citypaper.net/artic...

Philadelphia City Paper recently ran an article called "Black Hate Radio", about a radio show "Star and Buc Wild". The show airs weekday mornings on urban station Power 99 FM. The show's star, Troi Torain, according to the City Paper, "spits epithets at everyone: "'spics,' 'asslickers' (homosexuals), 'hoes' and 'bitches.' Kanye West is a 'nigger.' Whites are especially despised: 'whitey' was recently blamed collectively for choosing February as Black History Month, it being the shortest."

Now for the punchline: "Torain hates everyone, though not equally. A disciple of Ayn Rand, the formerrecord company exec spouts a creed of self-interest he calls "Objective Hate." By attacking all the 'losers' around you, says Torain, one can find personal fulfillment, and much wealth. Among Torain's biggest losers are black people, especially black women. Torain, who disavows his own African-American heritage, dismisses black identity as 'modern day tribalism.'"

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Yeah, — by Casey on Wed, 2006-02-22 18:30
Oh Henry — by Ed on Fri, 2006-02-17 09:55

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Machan's Musings—Free Speech's "Least Attractive Practitioners"

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Submitted by removed on Mon, 2006-02-13 22:01

Over the last several days I have been thinking and writing about the
furor surrounding the Danish cartoons that many Muslims have found so
offensive. I have noted that even if they are offensive and grievously
insulting, this doesn’t justify the sort of violence we have witnessed in
response to it often perpetrated against people who haven’t had anything
to do with the cartoons. Justice must be proportional—one doesn’t hit
another because one’s been insulted by him and certainly one doesn’t just
vent against innocent bystanders. At most insults may be met with
comparable insults and the targets must be those who issued the original

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Coupla Things!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-02-13 07:56

It's that time again when FreeRad is being readied for the printer, so no Daily Linz in the interim. When it resumes it'll include Fundamental Stuff again. (I know you're all hanging out for that. Smiling)

I'm disestablishing the position of editor because to all intents & purposes there's no longer anything to edit. With the instant access folk have to the front page with their personal SOLO blogs etc. no one seems to want to write articles as such. So I'm going with the flow on this one. But I'm not disestablishing Mr Bissell. He becomes Deputy-Principal, someone for me to chew the fat with, help me set goals, etc.

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Dear Confused-of-Auckland — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-02-14 23:46
Confused — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-02-14 22:50
Fool — by Andrew Bissell on Tue, 2006-02-14 07:24

Beyond Emotion: The Gestalt Theory of Music

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Submitted by JoeM on Mon, 2006-02-13 02:34
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Gustav Mahler -- Who Likes Him?

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Mon, 2006-02-13 00:58

My favorite composer (along with Brahms) is Mahler. Mahler took the symphonic medium to its limits and wrote some of the most glorious music of all time. Have the final passages of any piece of music ever matched the final minutes of Mahler's Symphony #2?

So if you do like Mahler, what is your favorite piece by him, and why?

- Jason

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Epistemology and Artificial Intelligence

Submitted by wngreen on Sun, 2006-02-12 02:57

I just finished "Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology" (skiped the Q&A for now) and I have to admit this was my first in depth presentation on epistemology. I have wondered what the consequences are on a field I have always found facinating: Artificial Intelligence. The pragmatic definition of AI has always been 'that which has not been pinned down by Computer Science', and so we started with the (flawed) turing test, Chess games (which brought us game theory),  pattern recognition (Optical Character Recognition (OCR), speach recognition, face recognition, biometrics), and computer modeling (weather prediction, nuclear modeling). I have wondered what consequences IOE has on the field of AI and the progress it has made. This led me to stumble accross some (older) papers on just this subject

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IOE & AI — by sjw on Sun, 2006-02-12 06:13

Freedom in Medicine

Submitted by wngreen on Sat, 2006-02-11 15:04

I have to admit that I got my hopes up. I saw a commercial that touted that medical care improves, patients recover faster, doctors operate better -- when more freedom is brought into medicine. I was dissapointed when I found out the commerical was for some 'Liberty' HMO in N. Virginia and not an ad advoicating less government in medicine. Why doesn't the industry stand up and say get out of the way?

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But Objective Reality Still Wins — by Bikemessenger on Sun, 2006-02-12 08:09
The mentalty of business in a mixed economy — by Jason Quintana on Sat, 2006-02-11 17:18

More Sacriligeous Images of the Prophet Mohammad!!!

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Heh I've been chuckling for — by Andrew Bissell on Tue, 2006-02-14 07:26
Here are a few more... All — by Robert on Sat, 2006-02-11 07:37
Nah, just kidding, — by Robert on Fri, 2006-02-10 23:45

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Brit humour

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-10 22:01

Subject: Fw: British Humour

The train was quite crowded, so a U. S. Marine walked the entire length looking for a seat, but the only seat left was taken by a well dressed, middle-aged, French woman's poodle.

The war-weary Marine asked, "Ma'am, may I have that seat?"

The French woman just sniffed and said to no one in particular, "Americans are so rude. My little Fifi is using that seat."

The Marine walked the entire train again, but the only seat left was under that dog.

"Please, ma'am. May I sit down? I'm very tired."

She snorted, "Not only are you Americans rude, you are also arrogant!"

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Linz, I love it! Did you — by James Heaps-Nelson on Fri, 2006-02-10 22:14

parecon--have you heard of it?

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Submitted by dvo on Fri, 2006-02-10 13:38

Have you all heard of "parecon"? (Short for "participatory economics.") It seems to be a new variation on the idea of economic planning and socialism. The parecon homepage has a quote from Noam Chomsky endorsing it. Maybe it's catching on, because a friend of mine spontaneously told me about it a couple days ago.

Here are some quotes about it from Wikipedia:

"Promoters of participatory economics hold that it is inequitable, and also ineffective, to remunerate people on the basis of their birth or heredity, their property, or their innate intelligence. Therefore, participatory economics advocates as a primary principle reward for effort and sacrifice. Therefore someone who works in a mine — which is dangerous, uncomfortable, and confers no power whatsoever on the worker — would get a higher income than someone who works in an office the same time, thus allowing the miner to work less hours and the burden of highly dangerous and strenuous jobs to be shared among the populace."

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Rehashing Is'nt Out- running — by Bikemessenger on Sat, 2006-02-11 08:45
Used to it? — by Charles Henrikson on Sat, 2006-02-11 06:40
This is just disgusting. — by Landon Erp on Sat, 2006-02-11 01:38

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Two ARI Talks - Bernstein on Capitalism and Binswanger on Immigration - at USC

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Submitted by AdamReed on Fri, 2006-02-10 08:15

I recently received the following announcement from David Gulbraa of ARI:

We wanted to alert you about two upcoming free live events at USC in Los
Angeles.

University of Southern California
Friday, February 17, 2006
Global Capitalism: The Solution to World Oppression and Poverty
Dr. Andrew Bernstein
SGM (Seeley G. Mudd) 123
6:30 PM, Doors open at 6:00 PM
This event is FREE to the public.

Description:
Capitalism is the system of individual rights. The enormous success of
capitalism in Asia in the 20th century's second half, and the beginning of its
positive impact in contemporary Latin America add to the evidence accumulated in


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Daily Linz 26—Death to Hate Speech Laws!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-10 03:59

“It is not very inspiring to fight for the freedom of the purveyors of pornography or their customers. But in the transition to statism, every infringement of human rights has begun with the suppression of a given right’s least attractive practitioners. In this case, the disgusting nature of the practitioners makes it a good test of one’s loyalty to a principle.”

-—Ayn Rand, Censorship: Local and Express.

For “purveyors of pornography,” substitute “advocates of hate-killing.”

On Monday, I wrote “Death to Islam,” describing Islam as “murderous maggotry” and calling for a philosophical crusade by decent, rational men and women everywhere to shame it into oblivion.

Recent Comments:
It is war — by Richard Wiig on Sun, 2006-05-07 19:26
Commanding the Armed Forces — by AdamReed on Mon, 2006-02-13 05:33
I agree that FISA was set up — by wngreen on Mon, 2006-02-13 02:21

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For Capitalists only: Capitalismgear.com is now online

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Submitted by CapitalismGear.com on Thu, 2006-02-09 23:52

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ARI Affiliate? — by Teresa on Fri, 2006-02-10 17:39
Link... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-02-10 00:36
Good luck fellas! — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-10 00:35

What are the best books on Economics?

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Thu, 2006-02-09 21:34

In past economics discussions among Objectivists I've seen all manner of different opinions on the subject.   Usually the discussions break down without anyone coming to a clear idea about what the other person is trying to say.

  • A large population of Objectivists are supporters of this or that variant of Austrianism.  Many learned their economics from Hazlitt or Mises.  Some are Rothbardians and others got their economics from reading Hayek.  Some of the younger Objectivists got their economics education from Reisman.  
  • I have seen several Chicagoites among Objectivists quoting people like Friedman or Sowell. 
  • I have even seen a fair number of (gasp!) Keynesians among Objectivists who probably got their education on the subject from university courses.

Because of these differences I've found that discussions can be difficult even among hardcore capitalists like Objectivists because of the differing methodologies, epistemologies and terminology utilized by their teachers.  So instead of arguing about theory we can start out by arguing about who the best teachers are.   Here are the books that I think are the best :

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Re: Marx — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2006-04-11 02:20
Re: Marx, — by Chris Cathcart on Tue, 2006-04-11 01:22
The value of — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2006-04-11 00:01

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Yahoo implicated in the arrest of two Chinese dissidents

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Submitted by James Heaps-Nelson on Thu, 2006-02-09 15:23

Yahoo has now been implicated in the arrest of two Chinese dissidents. The craven nature of this collaboration is appalling. One wonders if Yahoo founder Jerry Yang wouldn't have rather lived under Mao than here in America. The hypocrisy is utterly breathtaking.

http://money.cnn.com/2006/02/0...

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Incredible — by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-02-09 18:53
Cowards — by sjw on Thu, 2006-02-09 17:20

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Daily Linz 25—SOLO, TOC ... and KASS!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-02-09 03:19

Note from Linz—Yes, I'm cheating. This is a reprise. I thought with all the discussion raging here about PARC, ARI, TOC, SOLO, the Brandens, etc., and the TOC Summer Seminar coming up, with me among the presenters, it would be timely to re-run this. It's reprinted exactly as it orginally appeared—no ARI-type airbrushing! Smiling

I have just returned to New Zealand from The Objectivist Center's Summer Seminar in Vancouver. I am feeling the blues that must inevitably accompany a return to the world of nihilism from one of exuberant rationality. Yes, "exuberant"! Yes, TOC! Just as you, dear reader, thought you'd never see me saying that, so too did I never think I'd be writing it. Fact is, the Seminar was a blast.

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Kassless — by James Heaps-Nelson on Fri, 2006-02-10 18:24
Thanks for the thanks! :-) — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-10 17:41
TOC, SOLO and KASS — by James Heaps-Nelson on Fri, 2006-02-10 15:15

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Why another blog?

Submitted by wngreen on Thu, 2006-02-09 02:41

Don’t be deceived by the title: this isn’t meant to convince you why you should read another blog. I am trying to record my reasons for starting another one. I have haphazardly kept a livejounral since early college but I never really examined why. Ever since I noticed the ‘my blog’ link I’ve thought that this would be an experience I could get something out of in a community that fits my values. Linz’s article “Daily Linz 24 - It's the Integration, Stoopid!” made me stop and think for a while about examining my life and integrating a value driven lifestyle throughout it. So back to the question, why write another blog? I want to list the reasons right now, at the beginning so I can hold myself accountable.

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Great, William! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-02-09 19:22

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