Intro to 'Total Passion'

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lindsay Perigo
December 26, 2009

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

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Not Pedantry — by Doug Bandler on Fri, 2010-07-09 18:57
Doug — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2010-07-09 08:01
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KASS Quote of the Century: Steven Mallory's Drooling Beast

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

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

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Death of Colleen McCullough- January 29, 2015

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Sat, 2015-01-31 21:36

Interesting observations from


Robber's Salute for Eleanor Catton

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Sat, 2015-01-31 19:43

Over the last few days I've been interested to see the trial of Eleanor Catton who spoke out about New Zealand's Tall Poppy/Crab Bucket mentality.


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Music of the Gods: Happy Birthday, Mario!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2015-01-31 10:36

On his 94th birthday, the most beautiful tribute to Mario ever penned, by David C. Adams, included in The One Tenor:


25 Years Ago: Anniversary of John Taylor Gatto's NY speech

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Fri, 2015-01-30 19:42

My my count, it's 25 years since Gatto made his New York speech (31/1/1990) which led to the book 'Dumbing us Down'

Happily, and sadly, it's still a great book today. Some quotes,-


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Check Their Premises

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2015-01-23 02:17

However great a given thinker, intellectual, or philosopher is, his thought and person must always be subject to critical scrutiny by everybody.

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How this freshening process works — by Rick Giles on Sun, 2015-02-01 20:03
Actually Contributing to the Discussion — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sun, 2015-02-01 19:43
Hey buddy, Rick -- However — by Rick Giles on Sat, 2015-01-31 20:57

Yaron Brook Advocates Legalizing 11 Million Illegal Immigrants In The USA

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Wed, 2015-01-21 01:27

Hard to follow what the President of the ARI is saying, but that seems to be the message.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/y...

Around 1:24.45.

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Not Quite — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2015-01-22 19:31
Brook — by Neil Parille on Thu, 2015-01-22 12:43
Zzzzzzzz — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2015-01-22 10:31

The 'Charlie Hebdo' Massacre

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2015-01-14 21:02

The French are grossly philosophically incompetent. As evidenced by recent mass rallies and magazine covers, they simply don't understand what's going on inside their country.


Je Suis Charlie

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Submitted by Mitch on Sun, 2015-01-11 00:53

Disgraceful but entirely unsurprising efforts from the Islamofascists in Paris this week.

In large part it is heartening to see the reaction (candlelight vigils, republishing of cartoons, etc), but at the same time depressingly clear that very few people actually understand or are prepared to confront the problem.

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Hatred and Change — by Rick Giles on Sun, 2015-02-01 20:19
Je Suis Islamophobe — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2015-01-12 18:36

Global Jihad or Islamic Enlightenment?

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Sat, 2015-01-10 04:01

Global Jihad or Islamic Enlightenment?
By Edward Hudgins

January 9, 2015 -- The murders of French journalists by Islamist jihadists make clear even to the dogmatically self-blinded that the values of the modern world are in mortal danger. But an underreported ray of hope came recently from Egypt's president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has called for a revolution to banish violent jihad from Islam.

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You can't readily tell, which — by Richard Wiig on Mon, 2015-01-12 19:39
Publicly Hate the Muslims and Try to Kill Their Philosophy — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2015-01-12 19:25
current context war — by VSD on Mon, 2015-01-12 11:12

Counter-Attack Islam

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2015-01-07 18:26

To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, Islam is the focus of evil in the modern world. No popular philosophy is more false and depraved. Murdering twelve innocents in Paris today is par for the course.

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Cyber-Wars — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2015-01-19 21:30
Anonymous (an anti-Capitalist — by Richard Wiig on Mon, 2015-01-19 07:31

Martin Anderson Remembered

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Wed, 2015-01-07 02:58

Martin Anderson Remembered
By Edward Hudgins

Friends of freedom have lost a friend. Martin Anderson, 78, a Hoover Institution scholar and policy advisor to presidents, has passed away. Among his achievements were helping to eliminate the military draft and heading off a national ID card.


Life Without God

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2014-12-31 19:12

Religiosos accuse reasonists of living in a universe which is cold, barren, limited, empty, insipid, sad, bleak, amoral, immoral, licentious, lawless, irrational, and absurd.


CIS Names and Shames PC Fascists

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Submitted by administrator on Sun, 2014-12-21 07:15

From the Centre for Independent Studies, cis.org.au:

The Nannies: 2014 Nanny State Awards

The Centre for Independent Studies announces its inaugural nanny state awards, The Nannies. Highlighting the year's worst examples of imposing regulations or promoting campaigns designed to prevent people exercising the right to think for themselves.

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Didn't Expect This — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2014-12-23 17:58

North Korea Declares War on America

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

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

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Hope We Don't Hurt Their Feelings! — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2014-12-20 18:46
Maybe... — by Jules Troy on Fri, 2014-12-19 02:00
nope — by Brant Gaede on Thu, 2014-12-18 20:13

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

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

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

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It is galling to me that some — by Rick Giles on Fri, 2015-01-30 20:23
Speaking of the Ascent of Man — by Olivia on Thu, 2015-01-22 03:01
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Rand Query

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

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

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Cheers Kyrel I'd not known of — by Mark Hubbard on Tue, 2014-12-16 02:00

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Warren Buffett, Class Warfare, and the Exploitation Theory

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

WARREN BUFFETT, CLASS WARFARE, AND THE EXPLOITATION THEORY

GEORGE REISMAN

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


Nathaniel Branden

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

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

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

Nathaniel Branden, 1930-2014

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

A great psychologist and philosopher!

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

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Woah - that Peron — by Andrew Bates on Fri, 2014-12-12 14:04
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Why Ayn Rand Wouldn't Find a Literary Agent Today: My Critique of Contemporary Literature (Oh, And JM Keynes)

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

 

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

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

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Immigration Dictator

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

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

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Savages — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2014-11-22 02:12

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


La Fin du Filth?

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

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

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

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

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


Absurd World

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

America's foreign policy is hilarious.

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I think in essence America — by Richard Wiig on Sat, 2014-09-20 05:52
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