Once More with Feeling!

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Lindsay Perigo's picture
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. That world as I had encountered it was dour, repressed, pedantic, mean-spirited, inverted. It was the intelligent-but-crimped person’s equivalent of the religionist’s church, purveying a religion of self-righteous anal-retention. It was the domain of monologuing blowhards on the one hand—egotists rather than egoists—and their cowering sycophants on the other. I didn’t see “unclouded exaltation”—I saw sunless gloom. I didn’t see “total passion for the total height”—I saw no passion at all except for heresy-hunting, nit-picking and the eschewing of passion. If Objectivists were aware of Ayn Rand’s words, “The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live,” I saw scant evidence of the fact. If they had listened to Leonard Peikoff’s Understanding Objectivism, which set much of this to rights, there was no evidence that they had absorbed it. I saw people not being moral in order to live but living in order to be moral. There were exceptions, of course, but by and large, this was the world I saw.

It was not for me. Nor did it remotely resemble the world of Ayn Rand’s novels, where the good guys made up an informal community of rationally self-interested, benevolent and passionate characters dealing with each other by mutual consent to mutual advantage, finding joy in their own and each other’s achievements, characters, personae and, yes, bodies. Where to find such a world? How to show that “The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours”?

Create it, that’s how!

And so SOLO was born.

SOLO was not an invocation to self-sacrifice for the sake of a future one would never see. It was not an exhortation to create a better world for one’s grandchildren. It was a clarion call for those who wish to inhabit such a world to create it for ourselves, now!

And so it remains.

To be sure, the results thus far have been mixed. Our world is not hermetically sealed off from the conventional one. It is not Galt’s Gulch in a secret location. Part of our mission is to engage the conventional world and, by shining example, bring more people to ours, to the point where, ultimately, ours prevails over it. In dealing to post-modernism and anti-rationality generally, we must deal with its advocates, including those who disguise themselves in our garb. We must remind ourselves that, comprachicoed as they are, many proceed in good faith. Disputation should be seen as healthy and necessary—though it shouldn’t swallow us up or cloud our view of the Big Picture. The latter is what was happening at SOLOHQ, necessitating time out and a regrouping.

Now, here at SOLOPassion™, to mix metaphors, the slate is wiped clean, we gain our second wind, the battle is rejoined. At the forefront are the magnificent spirits of such stalwarts as Marty Lewinter, Derek McGovern, Andrew Bissell, Duncan Bayne, Julian Pistorius, Peter Cresswell, Tim Sturm, Marcus Bachler, Joe Maurone, Andy Postema, Ciro D’Agostino … No doubt, too, a certain diabolical doctor will emerge from invisibility from time to time, and Machan will continue to Muse prolifically. (I am not committing at this point, however, to our running daily articles, since one of the lessons from SOLOHQ is that we must pay more attention to quality over quantity. Please feel free to submit quality articles to Andrew Bissell expeditiously!) Controversially, no doubt—and most happily as far as I’m concerned—James Valliant and Casey Fahy will be here, and I’d be surprised if their Brandenian nemeses stayed away! These latter, it must be said, sullied SOLOHQ somewhat with sarcasm and smart-assing, and I would ask them in particular to observe the new posting guidelines linked to the front page.

Here, though, in what amounts to a second inaugural address, I want to focus not on the details of what lies ahead but the overarching vision thereof. Let me repair to those much more poetic than I. First, Tennyson:

Death closes all: but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks:
The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep
Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends,
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho'
We are not now that strength which in the old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Second, Ayn Rand:

In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved but have never been able to reach. Check your road, and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it's yours.

Finally, to paraphrase the words of the old communist anthem, The Red Flag:

Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer
We’ll keep the SOLO flag flying here.

To SOLOPassion.com!

KASS, SOLOists!

Linz

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Ed Hudgins's picture

To Linz and all SOLOists:

[I tried twice to post an New Year's greeting but the SOLO site seems to consign my pieces to some cyber-twilight zone. So I post it here.]

Given the proximity of Linz and the other kiwis to the international date line, they're the first to welcome in 2006.

Let's continue to work for a world of reason, individualism, achievement and freedom -- with passion, of course!

Happy New Year to all!

Congratulations

nevin's picture

Great site, Linz! Best of luck with this new venture. I will be more active writing in the future, and have several ideas for articles and gallery items.

I would have posted this sooner, but there was mysterious problem keeping me from logging in which Duncan has corrected now.

-Bill

Congratulations Linz!

Marcus's picture

Great looking site.

I will have to listen to the audio - an excellent new idea!

Dang, Andrew, that's realy

Tenyamc's picture

Dang, Andrew, that's realy something. So do you have a bionic nose now?

best

self-removed's picture

Just wanted to register my best wishes for the new venture.

Alec

WOW

atlascott's picture

Fuck, pal, that's a bad break!  Get well soon!

No, I accidentally took on a footy team mate's leg.

Andrew Bates's picture

I decided to play one last game of Aussie Rules for my team on the day I was set to fly out to Sydney.  I went to dive on the ball to secure it for my team just as a team-mate went to kick it.  His knee hit my face, leaving me with a two inch gash through my eyebrow, a blow out fracture of my eye socket, a broken nose, a bloodshot left eye and two black eyes.                                                                                                                                                            I had to wait nine days for the swelling to go down before the facial reconstruction surgeons could decide whether I needed surgery. They decided I did and so a titanium plate was put along the floor of my left eye socket to hold in place the fatty tissue that my eye sits in and to prevent my eye from sinking back into my skull.  The scars from that aren’t too bad but the ones in my nose and through my eyebrow are pretty obvious.                                                                                                                                                 On Tuesday 22nd November I received clearance to fly out to Sydney but as the job market is flat there now I won't emigrate until mid-January.

A very inspiring introduction

Ali Hassan Massoud's picture

So I hope your new website works out well for you Mr. Perigo.

I especially liked this part:

"That world as I had encountered it was dour, repressed, pedantic, mean-spirited, inverted. It was the intelligent-but-crimped person’s equivalent of the religionist’s church, purveying a religion of self-righteous anal-retention."

Without a sense of awe at being alive, joy, humor, love, and inspiration what difference does it make how rational you are?

:)

Adam Buker's picture

Certainly!

Nope

Adam Buker's picture

LOL. I'm 22, Ash. And I was gearing up to go to Berklee, but being this is my fourth year at Southern Illinois, I don't see that happening.

 Derek the Barolo is on the

Ciro D Agostino's picture

 Derek the Barolo is on the way, you should get it before xmas.

 Enjoy it making a toast to the new Solopassion and to our friendship.

  Viva la passione.

 La vita vale!

 Ciao

Fantastic

William Allen's picture

Cool intro!! Great site!! I wish you much success with it all:)

William

Lindsay, I wish you great

Bob Palin's picture

Lindsay, I wish you great success with this new effort. You're looking quite colorful, as is appropriate. Smiling

Congratulations on Your "New" Site

younkins's picture

Hi Linz:

Your new site looks great!!! Now I have even more outlets for my ideas!!!

Best of Luck!!!

Ed

Man-Stealing Hussy! :-)

Lindsay Perigo's picture

"No wonder Ashley can't stop posting!? I can stop anytime I want! I have just been overcome with the excitement of change and new beginnings. It has nothing to do with beautiful men or color photographs."

Oh sure! Yeah, right! Etc.. Smiling

" You are just trying to get into position before I steal another one right out from under you."

Damn right I am!

For those not in the know, this refers to the infamous occasion when Ashley & I went to dinner with a man we both had the hots for. She got him. Not that I'm bitter & twisted, or anything ...

Hi Ciro: No, this isn't my

Ashley's picture

Hi Ciro:

No, this isn't my new dog, this is my friend's dog. My dog is much cuter. Maybe I will post one of us soon.

Edit: ok, Ciro. *This* is my new puppy, Ellie.

Passport Photo?

Ashley's picture

Did somebody say that Sturm needs a new picture (preferably in color and naked), or was that just me thinking it?

Did I just get Smacked Down?

Ashley's picture

No wonder Ashley can't stop posting!? I can stop anytime I want! I have just been overcome with the excitement of change and new beginnings. It has nothing to do with beautiful men or color photographs. You are just trying to get into position before I steal another one right out from under you.

Should it ever end Ciro?

Ciro D Agostino's picture

Should it ever end Ciro?
No!Never.
Ciao.

Should it ever end

Jody Gomez's picture

Should it ever end Ciro?
and, you're welcome. You've got a great site.

And ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

At the end of this, our first twenty-four hours of SOLO's new incarnation, I want to thank everyone who's posted so upliftingly for proving that indeed our world exists, here & now. Magnificent!

Linz

Oy!

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Come on, Teresa, let's see you. We can decide whether to risk our retinas! Smiling

It's the least you can do. I recorded that Tennyson just for you!

Jody!

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Great to see you! Wondered when you'd show up. Looking gorgeous in your wedding garb. We're spoiled for beautiful men around here. No wonder Ashley can't stop posting!

Yup, the total passion has reached new heights. And we're just getting started!

Ashely, your new dog?

Ciro D Agostino's picture

Ashely, your new dog?

The new site is incredible!

Andrew Bissell's picture

The new site is incredible! And I see the forums are already buzzing with discussion and fetching SOLO pics. My hat's off to Julian and Duncan.

Ooooh, I just noticed the site works seamlessly with Firefox ... this is too good to be true.

Adam, I have to teach you a

Ciro D Agostino's picture

Adam, I have to teach you a culinary lesson.
Please come in virginia, and I will show you how to enjoy food instead of meditating on it. lol

Michael your face is needed

Ciro D Agostino's picture

Michael your face is needed around here.
Before you signed in today, I was a little worried.

I didn't want to lose a friend like you.
Ciro.

Joe, what's that light on

Ciro D Agostino's picture

Joe, what's that light on your face?
Shine on? lol

Jason, It seems that you are

Ciro D Agostino's picture

Jason, It seems that you are also a capitalist, not just a devoted student of capitalism?
Ciao to you!

Jody, still on honey moon?

Ciro D Agostino's picture

Jody, still on honey moon?
BTW, thanks for the nice words on my web site.
Ciao.

Great Site

Glenn I Heppard's picture

Linz, Congratulations.

And thank you and your team for a great looking site.

The audio sounds good.

SoloHQ Archive

Julian Pistorius's picture

Thank you Matthew, and all the other well-wishers. It makes the late nights that Duncan and I had to do all the more worth-while. Smiling There is still a lot of work to be done. If you have any suggestions, please let us know.

As for the SoloHQ archive - yes, the idea is to have it available long-term. Over time, we will be adding particularly brilliant articles from the old site to the new one, but the old one will always be there as a valuable resource - and accessible by search engines.

For all SOLO-ists: If you wrote an article for the old site that you would dearly like to have available on this new one, copy the text from the archive site, and submit it as a new article.

Cheers
Julian

Wrong turn in Harlem

James Heaps-Nelson's picture

Nah,

Pomo's can only get others to do their damage for them. It's gotta be that wrong turn in Harlem he never told us about during his trip across the States, wink wink Smiling.

Jim

Did you take on a gang of

Jody Gomez's picture

Did you take on a gang of pomo's Andrew?

Well it took me damn near a

Jody Gomez's picture

Well it took me damn near a whole day to get here, but congrats on the new sight Linz. I think the total passion just reached new heights.

Weenie!

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Oh yes, James, it was worth the wait! Smiling

Linz

Behold!

James S. Valliant's picture

Okay, weenie I may be, but I'm darn cute, too, ain't I?

Fantastic

Robert's picture

May I add my voice to the chorus of applause!!! Well done all those involved.

What an impressive site!

Andrew Bates's picture

Wow - what an impressive site!

Julian and Duncan must have worked like trojans to get this up and running in what I assume was a short time frame. One can only guess what Linz had to do for Sorry-Arse and Bayne-in-the-Arse to get them to come up with this so quickly.

Exceptionally Cool!

Teresa's picture

This is great! And YEAH on the audio, finally! I'm getting a new MP3 player for Christmas...I peeked.

Jeeze, I dunno about the picture thing. The most recent photo of me was taken 3 yards away with all of my kids around me in a dark room last Christmas.

I'm afraid anything closer would turn viewers to stone, or possibly damage the retinas.

 Ciro D'Agostino My friend

Ciro D Agostino's picture

 

Ciro D'Agostino

 My friend Linza, you can say it better than me.

 Bless you, Linz.

Congratulations!

Lindsay Perigo's picture

You're the expert on starting fights, James! Smiling

Send your photo in, you weenie!

Congratulationss!

James S. Valliant's picture

Hoorah!

Now, where's the next fight?

I knew I just bought myself

Duncan Bayne's picture

I knew I just bought myself an MP3 player for a reason Smiling

Best wishes to SOLO Passion!

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

I just want to wish Lindsay Perigo and SOLO Passion the very best in their new incarnation. In my view, this has the potential to be a truly formidable organization. Every other Objectivist group had better look out!

It's rather marvelous that the old SOLO has so smoothly and amicably split into two. I hope that each separate part becomes more impressive than its parent. Competition can be wonderful and bring out the best in all. I hope everyone does their part to make this new organization great!

Caro Ciro ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Did you listen to the audio? I made a special effort to make your name sound molto Italiano! How did I do? Smiling

Audio

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Hi Jason. Yes, we're intending to have significant audio content here. See the Coming Soon page. And yes, I'll record Fundamental Stuff.

Hey All!

JoeM's picture

Hey All!

Audio Broadcasts

Jason Quintana's picture

Lindsay I really like the audio broadcast function. This could become an exciting and distinctive element of SOLO. For example, instead of a "Daily Linz" maybe a "Weekly SOLO Podcast" or "Weekly SOLO Audio Blog". There could even be recorded interviews with other higher profile Objectivists. All of this followed with user discussion on the website. The possibilies of this sort of thing are endless and would make this site really stand out and of course it takes advantage of your particular talents. I would love, for example to have access to audio versions of your "Fundamental Stuff" installments.

- Jason

Thanks so much!

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Great to see these comments & good wishes - and some fetching new colour photos! Kat in spectacles! All the better to match-make with!

Adam B - how can we know you're what Ashley says you are - a blone cutie - without a colour photo?! Get with it, man!

Sir Edward Hudgins - thanks for your good wishes. The fact that you have signed on will no doubt be reported on Diana's blog. Do you know what you have done?! Smiling

Diabolical - that was a quick emergence from invisibility!

All - thanks again. It's 9.30 in the morning NZ time. I have yet to check if my webmasters are still alive after my merciless floggings.

Well done Linz

Tim S's picture

Congratulations on a great new site and a rousing intro as only you could write.

Well done also to Duncan and Julian for the technical work on the site.

Like magic

Casey's picture

A new and promising site literally overnight. (Although I'm sure it did not feel that way for those who burned the midnight oil to make it appear!)

Congratulations, Linz. A fresh start and focus and fire all at once.

Casey

Bravo!

Peter Cresswell's picture

Wonderfully done to all involved with setting this up at short notice. And Bravo for the stirring call to arms, Mr P, and Alfred Lord T. I can see there will be no entertainment-activism dichotomies here.

...for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.

Beautiful.

These headlines are killing me

Ashley's picture

Adam, you are old enough to buy alcohol!? Just kidding. I still think of you as a fresh-faced cutie packing up for Berklee. Either that or I have you confused with someone else Smiling

Wonderful to see this up

Michael Stuart Kelly's picture

I'm here.

Locked and loaded.

Great job on doing this so quickly, you guys.

Michael

Fuck yeah!

Adam Buker's picture

I love the rebirth of Solo into both sites and this is really rekindling that old flame that I have for this movement. Tonight I will uncork a fine Shiraz in honour of the two sites!

All My Best to the New SOLO

Luke Setzer's picture

Linz wrote:

I'm assuming all current staff members will stay on in their current positions unless they tell me otherwise.

This is an attractive site and I hope all goes well here.  I have consented to Joe's request that I serve as Club Coordinator at his Rebirth of Reason site.  We have some exciting plans in store in the coming months for local clubs and I look forward to supporting those.  As a result, I will not be able to continue my role as SOLO Club Coordinator and SOLO Florida Coordinator.  I wish my successors here all the best!

This is a Wonderful New Site

Sam Erica's picture

I like everything about it, especially the masterful introduction by Linz. I think a lot of us were never exposed to the melifluous voice of Lindsay, although I remember reading somewhere that he was a trained singer. I hope that the verbal introduction remains as the first exposure of newbies to this site and to Objectivism.

Kudos.

Sam

Congratulations Linz and all

Matthew Humphreys's picture

Congratulations Linz and all others involved with setting up this new website.

May I ask whether the SoloHQ archive will remain available long term?

Edit: I guess I should've clicked "Add new comment" on the main post rather than "reply" on one of the posts in the thread...oops :-/

MH

Linz -- I'll add here what I

Ed Hudgins's picture

Linz -- I'll add here what I said on the General Forum before I figured out I could post to your opening post: Congratulations on your new effort! I trust you'll continue to contribute to the creation of a culture of the total passion for the total height, based on the credo: Think deeply to feel deeply.

Wow, Linz.Bravissimo!

Ciro D Agostino's picture

Wow, Linz.

Bravissimo! Linz.

First split between two objectivists (who I think?) remained friends. Very good, manly done.

Thank you, for putting us, members, at easy with the decision to enjoy both sites.

Two sites, two great men,with the same passion.

Thank you!

Congratulations!

David Bertelsen's picture

I like it - well done on yet another remarkably immaculate conception!

Terrific site Lindsay!

James Heaps-Nelson's picture

Terrific site Lindsay! Congrats to Duncan and Julius for getting this off the ground.

Jim

typo

Rick Pasotto's picture

You might want to double check that URL.

Yay!

Ashley's picture

Everything is looking new, feeling familiar. Very nice job to Duncan, Julius, and anyone else who lost sleep trying to have a site ready and waiting for everyone needing a hit of SOL.

Kick ass job on getting this

John M Newnham's picture

Kick ass job on getting this going. Very clean, fast loading, and easy to navigate.

forward
John

Keep the Passion

katdaddy's picture

Congratulations and good luck on the new site. Looks great and I'm really glad to see Chris here.

btw - I can't find the kitchen or my guy. Am I in the right forum?

Kat

Congratulations!

sciabarra's picture

Congrats on the new site, Linz; best of luck!

And a very hearty congratulations to Duncan; updating the links on my home site was very easy: just type in "solohq.com" and hit "replace all" with "solohqpassion.com"... wow. Smiling

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New York, New York 10003
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Looking *great*, guys!!!

Derek McGovern's picture

Looking *great*, guys!!! Duncan & Julian must indeed have sweated blood. I like the leaner look, and the colour photos are a nice touch. And we can even *listen* to Linz's magnificent inaugural address!

Viva la passione!!!

Yes!

Lindsay Perigo's picture

My heartfelt thanks to Duncan & Julian for sweating blood to have this site ready by the deadline we were presented with. Obviously there'll be a lot of tweaking over the next few days. One thing I want to say now - with the obvious exceptions of Joe, Jeff, Julia & Dean, I'm assuming all current staff members will stay on in their current positions unless they tell me otherwise. We'll get the sub-groups going again asap.

Linz

Thanks :-)

Duncan Bayne's picture

Thanks Smiling If you can think of any features you'd like, please post them to the SOLO Suggestions forum.

Well said, Lindsay. The site

Ross Elliot's picture

Well said, Lindsay. The site looks good & I hope it proves to be as much of a haven for serious thinkers & serious funsters as was the old site.

KASS!

Ross

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